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Old 13-05-2016, 21:22   #1
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Rarotonga Cook Islands Harbor

Can anyone share recent experiences with mooring in Rarotonga Cook Islands. We are considering visiting in June and are concerned about difficulties mooring and the swell conditions.

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Re: Rarotonga Cook Islands Harbor

Friends on Second Wind were there last year, see Second Wind Voyage: Cook Islands: Rarotonga

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Rarotonga Cook Islands Harbor

It's super calm most of the time but when the wind goes north it's a washing machine. Definitely a worthwhile stop.

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Re: Rarotonga Cook Islands Harbor

You may already know, but just in case you don't - med-mooring is required. Anchoring is prohibited. So, you'll need to have your stern lines to the jetty ready to deploy when you arrive. There are usually other sailors alert to arriving boats who will help get your lines to the jetty bollards. Be mindful of boats arriving after you, and make certain their anchor chain does not cross your rode, if you found deploying rope was necessary in order to obtain adequate scope after dropping anchor. A boat arriving after me crossed my rode causing it to part... Fortunately wind direction and lines between my boat and others on each side helped to hold my boat in place...

Like most South Pacific islands, Raratonga ain't quite what it used to be, with higher costs and more fly in type tourists....

Still, there are some good treks into the hills...
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Don't eat at the chicken place by the warf unless you like salmonella.

Make sure you do the cross island hike and up to the needle.

Raro has the world's highest per-capita road death rate, largely due to drink driving on mopeds. I do suggest you hire a moped for a day, just get helmets and don't be out after dark.
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