Today the Cook Islands are the centre of the world’s pearl industry. The modern day pearl farming is based in the beautiful azure lagoons of Manihiki and Penrhyn in the Northern Group.
Originally the pearls were farmed for their large size and fabulous colour. Black pearl shell was used mainly for inlays in furniture and buttons. It was by accident that large black pearls were sent to the aristocracy of Europe to be incorporated in to royal jewellery. Hence the era of the black pearl was born.
Black pearls are farmed commercially and producing just one pearl takes an investment of up to five years of hard work between man and nature.
When buying pearls it is advisable to ensure that the seller supplies a certificate of authenticity. There are generally five criteria which are taken into account when determining the grade and value of the black pearl. Size, colour, lustre, shape and surface.
Most of the shops are owned by the families that farm the pearls. They can advise you on your black pearl purchases.
A platter of freshly baked breads with local baking, butter, cereal and fresh fruit.
A delicious deli-box filled with fresh wraps or sandwiches, mouth watering sweet treats, and fresh fruit. Topped off with a couple of little piccolos of bubbles, this is the perfect treat to enjoy beside your pool, or take to the beach.
Why not try one of our Sunset Platters in the comfort of your villa prepared using local ingredients
Prepared using local ingredients, the platter might just be the thing you need to complete an otherwise perfect day.
Our most popular choice. Enjoy having your own personal chef come to your villa and cook for you a selection of fish, chicken, prawn and beef. A tempting array of local salads includes the ‘Rarotonga famous’ Curried Pawpaw salad which is a truly local delight. After dinner has been cooked and served to you, your chef will leave you with a lovely sweet dessert to eat later at your leisure.