A feature of the Aro’a Beachside Inn, the delightful beach bar is run by Steve and Geraldine Marson, a couple who fell in love with the place on their first visit.
When they were planning their first trip to Rarotonga, Steve did not want to stay in a typical, large resort with a pool, but one with a genuine island feel.
“We came here on a holiday back in 2012, and we had a lovely time, and then we came back again in 2014; the first time that we’ve ever returned to the same place twice,” Steve said.
Before their second visit, they saw a newspaper advertisement saying that the place where they had stayed was for sale.
“And we knew that we would be going there but we didn’t think anything more of it, and then we got chatting with the then owners, and they presented us with a sales pack, and we thought, ‘why not?’”
The rest is history, and the Marsons now preside over a bar that is incredibly popular for a variety of reasons.
“We are known as the ‘jam bar’ because we are quite famous for serving cocktails in our jam jars,” says Steve.
“We also have live music on three nights a week, and numbers permitting, we also have a barbecue night.”
Shipwreck Hut is also celebrating December by throwing their first “happy month”, which with two dollars off drinks for the month.
One of the bar’s major attractions is its fantastic setting, and numerous customers call in specially to watch the sunset.
“A lot of people come here for the sunsets, because we have the best view,” Geraldine said.
“But mainly we are just a fun little beach bar in the middle of the South Pacific. This is just a cool little place.”