Punanga Nui, Avarua

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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. Put Punanga Nui on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rarotonga visit planning website .
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  • This is a good place to shop on a Saturday. The market is open every day but Saturday is the day the stalls are full and everyone seems to be there. Situated by the port, you can walk from town and th...  more »
  • Sizable market with everyone selling their wares at top dollar of course. Got a coconut and some minoi oil and afew little trinkets but overall an oversized Saturday market. Nothing for a vegetarian a...  more »
  • The market is on every Saturday morning and is quite extensive. My wife and I are not really market people but the Punanga Nui market has it all if you want local produce and wares. Interesting to wan...  more »
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  • A must visit for tourists. Good range of food and local wares. Great if you want a souvenir or a deal on black pearls.
  • Awesome market. Lots of crafts and food. Definitely worth a visit on your trip.
  • I guess I expected to see more of the traditional good not just the stuff targeted at tourist, but you can find cheap black pearls
  • I have to say, one of the best markets I've been to! There are soo many shops and the owners are always so friendly and lnviting. There are many shops expressing their culture and traditions. Also..the food is top notch! Highly recommend the steak buns if you can find them!
  • Good size market with great smoothies, food, souviners and cultural performances. Very busy with tourists and someocals. Buses packed to get there. Could see any toilets so may need to walk into town. Cover if it rains.

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