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First Time in Rarotonga: weather afraid

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First Time in Rarotonga: weather afraid

Hello!

Me and my parter are travelling for the first time to Rarotonga. We'll be there from 15-23th February, and we have some questions:

- if we have bad weather (like rain or wind), can we snorkel? Our desire is to snorkel in different beaches and do some trekings, but we are afraid of bad weather. What weather do you locals usually have on those dates?

- can we use the New Zealand Spark mobile line there?

- can we buy sunscreen there?

Thanks!

Cheers,

Marta.

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Rarotonga, Cook...
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1. Re: First Time in Rarotonga: weather afraid

Kia Orana Marta, welcome to the Cook Islands forum.

Snorkelling on wet days sees fish curious by the bubbles on the surface so they rise up out of curiosity. Plenty of beaches to go snorkelling from.

The Cross island hike will be very slippery after rain and on wet days. Probably best to avoid that track and walk up the valleys instead.

Check with Bluesky on Raro if you can use Spark on roam. Or email Spark and ask them.

Plenty of sunscreen here. We have modern shops and supermarkets and there are shopping blocks at the 3 largest resorts; Edgewater, Rarotongan and Pacific resorts. Pharmacy in Muri and CITC one in town. We even have several 24/7 convenience stores for insomniacs and those arriving off post-midnight flights.

We dont have atypical weather late February, but have learnt to take our tropical systems as they come. Looks like we are in for a drenching this weekend. Today is beautiful though. So we do have some nice days in between.

All the best for your visit next week. Kia manuia.

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2. Re: First Time in Rarotonga: weather afraid

I recommend the NZ Cancer Society sun protection products. You can get them in Raro.

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3. Re: First Time in Rarotonga: weather afraid

As mentioned there is sunscreen available on Raro but I would urge you to purchase it from the pharmacy in Avarua, rather than from the convenience stores. As you are no doubt aware sunscreen has a shelve life and I have noticed on occasion that some of the products sold by the convenience stores have been past their "use by date".

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4. Re: First Time in Rarotonga: weather afraid

Hi Marta

As has been said, you can buy sunscreen in Rarotonga. You might be interested in this link which talks about ingredients to avoid which can damage the lagoon.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/ShowTopic-g309…

If you haven't already bought some, I suggest you go to the CITC pharmacy in Avarua to ask advice and the staff will direct you to sunscreens which are lagoon friendly.

You'll probably also need insect repellent at this time of year which you may already have realised as you're already there. Have a wonderful trip.

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5. Re: First Time in Rarotonga: weather afraid

The CITC pharmacist is on the island at present. She's wonderful in her knowledge and most friendly. She will give good advice about the types of safer sunscreens to purchase. If you can keep sunscreen on skin in this humid and wet weather though, good luck. Although today it is glorious for a change.

Please dont buy or use any DEET insect repellants which are very harmful to out waterways and fish life. Picaridin is a safer product, or simply cut open a ripe Nono fruit and apply to skin.

Also, wasps were mentioned on TV the other night by the same pharmacist. Be careful not to pluck flowers or fruit without checking to ensure there isn't a wasp nest around. CITC has suitable calming lotions and anti-histamine creams in stock.

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6. Re: First Time in Rarotonga: weather afraid

For wasp and bee stings you can break off a leaf or branch of a Frangipani tree and dab the white milky sap on the sting. It's instant relief but you have to keep applying it to be effective.

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7. Re: First Time in Rarotonga: weather afraid

Puapii-teacher that's really interesting and good to know thank-you. Storing that bit of info away for 'just in case' future use.

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