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In the northern part of the island of Arowa, the metropolitan center of the island of Cuca is located. It occupies the area between two narrow coves. In the past, the village was a typical southern commercial center with a small port and a poorly developed tourist industry. But in 1992, the quiet and peaceful life of the townspeople changed dramatically. This was the reason why the Maire-Nouis Festival was held in the capital. Today, the city is sharply different from what it was before the 1990s.

The Art Nouveau style of the buildings is often used in the architecture of the city. The wide open spaces are in the frame of the greenery. The center of the city is located in its eastern part near the Aurora Harbor Bay. Here you can see the unique natural feature that is the right circle of coconut palms.

The iconic stone in the capital, Popeyehá, is a silent testimony of the 19th-century missionary era. The stone socket bears the name of the man who first taught the Christian religion on the island. The Society of Museums and Libraries holds fascinating artifacts, including books from the Christian collections and many photographs.

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 5,400 people
  • GDP: $16,698 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 1 Mbps
  • Best wireless: BlueSky
  • Tipping: It is not customary to tip in the Cook Islands. Tipping is the exception rather than a norm.
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best coffee 24/7: Coco Latte
  • Best hospital: Rarotonga Hospital
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Air New Zealand
  • Best intl air carrier: Air New Zealand
  • Monthly costs for expat: $2100
  • Monthly costs for family: $3500
  • Monthly costs for local: $1000
  • Meal: $7
  • Small Cola: $1.4
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3.5
  • Coffee: $3

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