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A charming journey in the footsteps of the ancient Cook island natives, from the first migrations aboard thin canoes to the present day on an interactive museum tour followed by a pleasant walk around the picturesque village of Muri among the colourful stalls of a lively market and along the seashore ending at the beach with a refreshing dip into the sea.

What we will see
  • Lively seaside resort of Muri
  • Te Ara interactive museum
  • History of the Cook island natives *Walk around the market
  • Explore the village of Muri at own leisure
  • Cafés, shops, fabulous beach
  • Water sports available with equipment for hire

What we will do
  • A short transfer takes us to the picturesque village of Muri, one of the liveliest locations on the island overlooking a lovely stretch of golden sands lapped by the ocean.
  • Here, we visit the Te Ara interactive museum, a fascinating presentation that narrates the history of the Cook Island natives from the first migrations aboard canoes (vaka) and the development of a tribal society to the first contact with Europeans and the long road to self-determination.
  • Installations are strategically placed around the museum to raise visitor awareness as regards the island’s vulnerability to climate change and stress the need to protect its lagoons both for the present and the future.
  • After visiting the museum, we wander around the village market immersed in a delightful atmosphere with the numerous stalls selling local handicrafts including jewellery and carved wood artefacts as well as many specialities.
  • All kinds of musicians and artists perform on every street corner and it is easy to engage in small talk with the locals to get to know more about everyday life in the village.
  • We then have some free time available to explore the village of Muri at our own leisure: we can wander around the cafés and lovely shops or stop on the seashore to sip a drink as we take in the charming panorama.
  • We take advantage of the fantastic beach to take a dip into the crystal-clear waters of the Muri lagoon and we can even hire a paddle board or kayak to reach the nearby coral reef.
  • We then head back to the Te Ara Museum where our coach awaits us to take us back to the ship.

What you need to know
  • There is no guide during the transfer to Muri.
  • Guides are available at the Te Ara Museum and in various spots of the village.
  • Minimum age: 12 years.