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Muri Lagoon Beach
Rarotongan International Airport
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Rarotonga is the largest in both land mass and population of the fifteen islands that make up the Cook Islands. It is surrounded by an amazing coral atoll that is great for snorkeling and exploring. The local people are known as the Maori and they speak a combination of English and Cook Island Maori. They have a rich culture of music and dance that can be experienced at different venues around the island.
The Cook Islands is the only country in the world that has used a $3 note in its currency and you might be able to get your hands on one of these and some of the other oddly shaped Cook Islands coins at the local bank on the main street. Otherwise, New Zealand dollars are the accepted currency.
The island has a thirty-two-kilometer perimeter -- you can easily drive around it. If you can ride a motorcycle, you can take a current driver's license from your own country, and upon passing a simple test of riding around a few traffic cones, you can acquire your own Cook Islands motorbike license -- this is a great option for getting around the island. You can also get your own Cook Islands car license, which allows you to hire cars there if motorcycles aren't your thing. Buses also run in both directions around the island at regular intervals for those without licenses.
Rarotonga hostels are mostly located in the main township of Avarua, also home to most of the food shopping, restaurants, and markets. Other hostel options are located at other places around the island, but they will be more remote and will make amenities more difficult to access unless you have a car or are happy to wait for the bus.
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Backpackers International Hostel
"Priced at about average for the island, Backpackers International Hostel is out of town but is serviced by the local bus and with a very short walk to the beach and a convenience/liquor store. It's a friendly and informative hostel that caters very well to backpacker needs. There are plenty of activities organised both at the hostel and outside. They have a shuttle bus to take you around, but the only free ride is from the airport to the...
Atupa Orchid Units
"… her son, Mario, speak and write English, German and Dutch as well as some French. Both also are experienced guides and conduct tours of Rarotonga by car and bus. TOUR 1 lasts three and a half hours and TOUR 4 is four hours. On these tours you will travel the ancient back road -- the Ara Metua -- and will be introduced to the fauna and flora of the island. Tours stop at the Sailing Club, Muri Beach and at Ngatangiia harbor, the...
"Rarotonga Backpackers is a new hostel. It is located on the southwest side on the inland road. The dorms and facilities are great, with an equipped kitchen and a lounge that has a TV, VCR, stereo (but no speakers), and a ping pong table and laundry. It's a 5 minute walk to the beach, a 10 minute walk to a small grocery shop. Since the place isn't directly on the beach and is a bit on the small side, it does not seem to attract as many...
Arikis Ocean Front Holiday Home
Vaimaanga Views Studio
"… for ultimate convenience. There is also an outdoor shower in the garden to rinse off after a swim in the lagoon. The ranch slider opens out to the large deck, which is perfect for relaxing and has an outdoor table for al fresco dining. Here, the hammock beckons for a lazy afternoon snooze. The aqua lagoon is just across the road, with an access path from the bungalow to the white sand beach. This is a great spot for snorkelling,...
Muri Lagoon Beach
"… rooms with friendly hosts and like-minded travelers. We offer: - Nine spacious rooms with fans, catering for doubles, twins or singles. No dorms; - A large fully-equipped kitchen; - Three bathrooms with showers and toilets; - Cheap laundry facilities; - BBQ and outside seating area; - Kayaks, snorkel gear and push bikes for free use or hire; - Beach is seconds away; - Wireless internet at guesthouse, or internet cafe two minutes...
Atupa Orchid Bungalows
"… town Avarua. A charming motel, family run, for people looking for peace and tranquility. Central location, 5 min. to Town, to beach and market and 15 min. to airport, but still in a quiet area. Garden setting, surrounded by orchids, tropical plants and trees. Self contained, screened, cery clean, modern, spacious and tastefully furnished. Bedrooms are separate from kitchen, dining and living area, The toilet and bath with plenty...
Rarotonga Vacation Villas
"… incorporates a shower, toilet and vanity basin with hot running water. Each villa sleeps two on a queen sized double bed but we can, on request, provide an 2 single beds instead. We provide free airport transfers as part of our package and greet you at the airport with a warm smile. Whatever fruit is in season is also provided as part of your package. Wake up in the morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrises and ocean view with the...
"These guys were great. They provided excellent, friendly service. The rates are reasonable and the place was spotless. All in all, it was a great place to stay, especially with the luxury of a pool." … "The friendliest and best hostel in Rarotonga! I checked out three others but none matched the freedom and friendliness at Tiare Village. Very clean, walking distance to town, and you can rent a scooter and snorkeling gear from there....
"… to offer: Our multi-level HILLSIDE property is located in a secluded spot, 300 metres from the popular Raemaru track yet still only 400 metres from the beach and coconut rat race, and offers dorm and bungalow accommodation. Our nearby BEACHFRONT complex offers doubles and triples with ensuites, triple/twin/single/dorm with shared facilities, beach huts and self-contained beachfront units as...
Rarotonga Travel Tips & Suggestions
The lagoon is so polluted, no one fishes there and if you eat fish from the lagoon you will be very sick. The rubbish tip is dumping leachate into ten streams and before too long the whole place will be too polluted to live there. It's a crying shame. What you see is not what you get. The tourism is fine, but the recycling is a joke and the pollution at every level is scary.
I absolutely loved it! It's the most lovely place and very romantic too. It's also very relaxing -- the perfect holiday!
Heaven on earth! There are great people!
Idyllic dream world, beaches, lagoons, reefs, seafood galore, friendliness -- what could be more fantastic? What a lie. Dead coral litters the beach, causes what locals call coral rash (and if not cleansed properly, it needs antibiotics). We should have gotten the hint when we didn't see locals fishing, diving, or swimming.
I lived there for eighteen months and love the place. The lagoons in Muri and Titikaveka are a little polluted but are still by far the most beautiful place on the island. I would recommend staying there above anywhere else. The snorkeling and swimming around that area is fine. There are particular species of fish you can't eat, just check with the locals first. I love Rarotonga -- I am very well traveled and would have to say it is my favourite place on Earth.
Vistors should avoid the beaches around Muri and Titikaveka as they are badly polluted.
— Bob Gamari
The most idylic tropical islands I have visited so far. Minimal commercial tourism especially if you can get off the main island to some of the smaller islands like Atiu and Mauke. Great for snorkling, diving, kayaking, or just relaxing on powder white sand beaches. Friendly islanders are always ready to share a laugh and greet you with a smile. Hostel and budget rooms are very affordable, but the price of food is rather high since most of it is shipped in from New Zealand and further abroad.
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