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Heading to Raro 10th Jan.....

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Heading to Raro 10th Jan.....


We are heading to Raro next week for the first time & staying at Palm Grove.....very excited!!! We are a family of four - myself, hubby, 2 teenage kids 13 & 16 & my sister & her hubby are joining us too. We are thinking of doing a fishing charter - any recommendations?

My son also races outrigger canoes (Waka Ama) & would like to have a go over there, where would the best place be to experience this?

Cheers :)

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1. Re: Heading to Raro 10th Jan.....

Hi Debz,

Glad to hear it's not long now until your planned visit takes place. Palm Grove is a very good choice for accommodation with a pretty beach to enjoy.

There are quite a few fishing charters operating out of Avatiu harbour. Junior on Marlin Queen has successful strikes, you may want to consider his vessel. Alternatively go to Avana harbour and speak to Moko if he's ashore, or his wife Jill at the Moorings Café about fishing trips.

There are a number of vaka ama clubs on Raro, based in Avarua harbour, Muri and Nikao. I'm sure your host/owner at Palm Grove, Betsy, can point you in the right direction for some paddling experience. Otherwise go to Island Craft and ask to speak to Fletcher. Or Victoria at the artisan breads and croissants stall at Punanga Nui on Saturdays.

Another activity your family may be interested in is the ocean-voyaging vessel Te Marumaru Atua which has been running day sails from Avarua harbour this year. The staff at Trader Jacks will know how to contact the crew on this vaka.

You are going to love your family holiday on Raro during January! Everyone is so relaxed, and likely out enjoying the beach during the holiday season. The weather and lagoon water are warm, inviting an outdoorsy experience.

Kia manuia.

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2. Re: Heading to Raro 10th Jan.....

Thanks so much Frangipani for the useful info :)

My sister & her hubby are over from the UK & have always fancied visiting a tropical island and where better than Raro! We are so looking forward to it - hope the weathers kind to us as we know we are visiting in the rainy season! :)

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