The Banana Court and Trader Jack's bar and restaurant and are two of the most famous hang outs on the islands. Trader Jack's was all but destroyed in Cyclone Meena in February, 2005, but the owner rebuilt and re-opened. The BC has a very 'colourful' history stretching back decades.
Day and night..life's a beach
(Muri Beach to be precise)
Weather forecast island style
Mind you, it's always a beautiful day in paradise even when it rains
A long way from anywhere!
The Cook Islands Trading Corporation (CITC) .... and the nearest the islands get to a department store. It's been part of life since 1891
The Islands equivalent of 10 Downing Street or the White House. This is the official residence of the Prime Minister
The Cook Islands navy in its entirety! This boat is a gift from Australia and helps patrol the massive territorial waters... thankfully supplemented by help from New Zealand
Islanders often wear a single flower behind their ear....left means they're single and right means they're married (or maybe it's the other way round!)
Even car number plates say "Kia Orana" (may you live long)
Empty and sadly deteriorating....the disputed royal palace of one of the Rarotonga's Ariki or high chiefs. It's set well back on the left as you come into town from the direction of Muri Beach
Not the sort of sign you see everyday. This was put up by the excellent animal charity, the Esther Honey Foundation