A UNIQUE WELCOME: "MAY YOU LIVE LONG"
As soon as you step off the plane, you know you've arrived somewhere very special...
Straw hatted Jake Numanga Snr stands in the corner of the arrivals area in Rarotonga airport strumming Polynesian love songs on a banjo, as you wait to get your passport stamped. He's been providing his unique entertainment for every single arriving and departing flight for more than 30 years. And he was awarded an MBE by HM the Queen for his serivces to tourism.
Immigration and customs are efficient but very friendly, welcoming you with words that will quickly become familiar because everyone greets you with them... "kia orana" meaning "may you live long".