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Punanga Nui, Avarua
(4.3/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Do not miss the exciting cultural experience of Punanga Nui, a sprawling market offering produce, crafts, and much more. Traditional music sets the scene for a vibrant atmosphere, and you can spot dancers here and there while shopping. Freshly caught fish, honey, fruit, vegetables, and tropical flowers are all locally produced. If you do not plan to make your own dinner, head to the cooked-food tents instead. Sellers offer everything from mouthwatering fruit smoothies to kebabs. If you want to pick up some souvenirs, choose from pearls and shells, whale-bone necklaces, quilts, and sarongs. Using our online itinerary creator, Rarotonga attractions like Punanga Nui can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Lively entertainment,good food, excellent Healing, Massage and realignment for my husband and I in permantant stall last row. Vera (Teuvira Upokotea) thanks for fixing our sore back and necks after ou...  more »
  • This is a place where you can get those needs satisfied. There are a couple of places where some magnificent shells are available, the nicest and shiniest I have seen in the pacific. And the snail she...  more »
  • Such buzzing atmosphere here at the markets. Only disappointment was that all the pearls were so expensive we couldn't quite buy one as a souvenir to bring back home. Food is amazing and you get a fee...  more »
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  • There is only one place to go on a Saturday morning and its here, but come early before the sun is high in the sky. I was surprised at the amount of different types of food available for breakfast, curry anybody?? There are quite a few stalls selling locally produced clothing, souvenirs etc. This was the only place I spotted where you can buy jaxfruit, sadly I did not try or purchase any. We did try a local produced chicken dish and fruit smoothies. A great place to get your gifts for those at home. Everybody is so friendly and chatty.
  • Lively friendly entertaining, running out of adjectives here, loved it
  • Great place to go on a Saturday morning. Favourite place is the Waffle Shack! 😎
  • Great fun. Excellent food.
  • This local market is a MUST if you're on this island on a Saturday. Besides food there is also music, crafts, and a lot more to take a look at. If you're using the bus to get here, it might be quite a challenge to get back in on your way back since lots of people want to get on the bus there.