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November 20, 2019 Resort News No Comments Email Email

Guests dining at Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill are now able to dine directly overlooking the sparkling blue waters of Aroa Lagoon Marine Sanctuary, one of the best spots on the island to view the sunset.

Thanks to a just-opened new extension to Captain Andy’s, guests can enjoy one of Rarotonga’s best lagoonfront dining locations, and are even able to see schools of tropical fish swimming directly beneath them in the clear lagoon waters as they munch on some fresh Fish & Chips, a BLAT Burger (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato), a Meat Lovers Pizza or a heaped serve of Nachos.

Captain Andy’s Beach Bar offers guests a wide range of cold beers, cocktails, wines and spirits to accompany the beach casual all-day menu including burgers & sandwiches, steaks, pasta, pizzas, salads, small plates, desserts and Kids Gone Troppo Menu. Each evening Captain Andy’s also offers Dinner Specials along with a la carte large plates. Special diets are also catered to, and there is regular live entertainment in the evenings.

We recommend Captain Andy’s famous Seafood Platter for Two accompanied by a generous goblet of Island Girl Cocktail for Two to sip on whilst drinking in the South Seas sunset views.

Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill is located within The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium and is named in honour of one of the most colourful and legendary seafarers of the South Pacific, Captain Andy Thomson. Originally, from New York, Captain Andy was famous for his long-ranging voyages skippering the 100 ton island schooner ‘Tiare Taporo’ (‘Lime Blossom’), which traded copra and supplies between Tahiti, the Cook Islands and New Zealand during the 1940s and ‘50s, and was a lifeline for isolated atolls.

With his trademark smile of 11 gold-capped teeth, and his renowned talents as a ready host and raconteur with a racy vocabulary, Captain Andy became the centre of many a yarn, including his far-reaching reputation of never having lost a man or a ship. If a man went overboard, they were always picked up, even in a cyclone.

Captain Andy was friends with famous castaways and authors Robert Dean Frisbie and Tom Neale, whose books “An Island of Desire” and “An Island to Oneself” respectively fired the imaginations of all those who yearn for a simpler life in tune with nature. Frisbie and Neale regularly sailed with him, and Captain Andy frequently entertained them on the verandah of his coral and limestone house located directly across from The Rarotongan.

Today, Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill welcomes diners and imbibers 7 days from 11am-9pm.

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