MUST DANCE like an islander at Island Nights, held Tuesdays at Crown Beach Resort. Warning: Locals perform, then grab partners from the audience.
MUST DIVE Matavera Drop-Off, a multitiered coral garden plunging farther than your depth gauge can read.
MUST SHOP for local black pearls at Avarua's Bergman & Sons, which offers some of the best prices in the Pacific.
MUST STAY at Reflections on Rarotonga's beachfront villas near Muri Beach.
MUST TASTE the Pacific cuisine at Tamarind House, with the island's best sunset tables.