Come and explore Cook Islands cultural activities with Mata George (aka Sunshine) on Sunshine Raro Cultural Tours! We offer fishing tours, umu functions and weaving demonstrations to give you the ultimate Cook Islands experience.
Reef and Beach Fishing
On this tour Sunshine gives a half hour orientation about the tide, water and wind in Rarotonga. He also tells of what not to touch or walk on to protect the coral and your own safety. An explanation of the different types of bait for different fishing, time to go out and where to find them is also demonstrated. Dependant on the fish caught, some are a catch and release only fishing experience. A talk will be given about what to look out for on the reef for the different types of coral, sea urchins, sea stars, and more. All equipment and bait are provided and you will be taught how to use them. Sunshine will select the location and times based on the weather and tide.
Umu (underground oven) Functions
This is a family friendly, hands on culinary experience on how to prepare the Umu and food the traditional Cook Island way. On the tour you'll have the opportunity to enjoy eating the delicious food you've helped prepare from your own weaved Raurau plate. While the umu is cooking, you'll listen to local cultural stories including the tale of the coconut tree known as "The Tree of Life", husk coconuts, watch a tree climbing demonstration, learn how to tie a pareo, hear local Music, see traditional dancing, play games, and more. There are two stages to this function:
- Morning Preparation - Duration 2- 4 hours starting at 8:30am. You can stay and do the activities above or take this as free time.
- Late Afternoon Feast - Duration 2 - 4 hours starting at 4:30pm. At this time everyone will unearth the food, enjoy activities and entertainment, and kai (eat). This is also a family friendly BYO event.
Weaving Demonstrations and Lessons
On this experience, you are not only here to watch and learn how to weave eco-friendly products. On the tour you'll learn about the variety of coconut trees on the island and their many uses. A demonstration and display of the different baskets, bags, fans, hats and bins will be given and you can even purchase one to take home.
Sunshine Raro Cultural Tours also has a warrior available to book for special occasions. This is perfect for those looking to add a local flavour to their event and have a warrior do a Turou (traditional welcome).