Today we toured the island on the local bus.
We decided to buy day passes for the Island Bus, which is not cheap, $16.00 a day per person. The price per trip is $5.00 for an adult or you can buy a ten-trip punch card for $30.00. In retrospect we should have bought the punch card but we didn’t and in the end the day cost us $4.00 each more than it could have, but oh well, we had an awesome day and that’s all that matters 🙂
The road around the island is thirty-two kilometres, 20 miles, and there are two bus routes, clockwise and anti clockwise … seriously that is what the routes are called. So we sat on the bench outside our villa and the first bus to come by was the anti clockwise bus so off we went.
We enjoyed great views of the beaches along the way.
It was probably a twenty-minute ride before we arrived in the main city on the island, Avarua, so we decided to get off and wander around. Avarua is on the north side of the island and the reef surrounding the island is very close to shore so you do get some great waves crashing into shore.
I spent some time wandering around the gift shops but to hubby’s delight I didn’t spend anything. While I was shopping hubby went over to the Police Station to see about getting a motorcycle license.
The Police Station, even they are home to chickens … do you see him?
If you want to rent a scooter in Rarotonga you have to get a motorcycle license, which involves a written test and a drivers test that costs around $40.00 with the rental of a scooter for the test.
The mountains in the middle of the island are very pretty!
A home on the island.
When we booked this trip we were told that people rented bicycles and use them as transportation and really that is what sold us on this island. When we arrived we realized that the one road around the island was busy and not really safe for bicycles, in fact we saw very few on the road.
Nikao Cemetary, a historic cemetery on the island.
The cemeteries have prime real estate with ocean views!
So we decided we would use the island bus as our mode of transportation, but the cost and erratic time schedule had us thinking that a rented scooter or car might be a good idea, at least for a few days … hence hubby visiting the Police Station, while I was shopping, to check into the requirements. We were told at the resort that an International Drivers license was required to rent a car but it turns out you don’t need it, and since I’m not fond of motorcycles or scooters, a car was looking like the way to go.
Local building store
And another one. I was surprised to see two on an island this small.
During our travels we walked by a car lot and saw a Honda for sale.
Fully loaded 2018 Honda Jazz $29,995, financing is available with $10,000 down and payments to suit over a maximum three year term.
A good price for a BMW, mine cost a lot more than that!
We stopped by our resort for awhile and then hopped back on the bus for some more sightseeing.
There are many churches on this island from Latter Day Saints, Seventh Day Adventists, many Christian Churches, and many Catholic Churches.
The rectory for St. Josephs Catholic Church.
We stopped at the Rarotonga Brewing Company for a taste and found we really enjoyed The Cook Island Lager, it was very light and refreshing!
And then it was back on the bus once again to head home to our villa.
The red tree amongst all the green is a Fire Tree and they are very prevalent around the island (Contessa that is the name of the tree you were asking about.
Until next time …