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Muri Lagoon Beach
Rarotonga 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
"Standard and Budget Accommodation For people looking for peace and tranquility The Atupa Orchid Units, Rarotonga, offer superior accommodation at affordable prices. These spick and span, self-contained bungalows are in a beautiful garden setting surrounded by trees, orchids and tropical plants. This quiet, secluded area lies just one kilometre west of Avarua, Rarotonga's main town. A pick-up service from the airport is...
Arikis Ocean Front Holiday Home
"… available. Breakfasts can be provided, tropical and fully cooked. Arikis rooms can be private or per bed per night. Each room has ceiling fans, wardrobe and side tables. Big screen tv and DVD player, plus reading Area in the pain living room. Quality furnishings, oven, BBQ, fridge/freezer and deep freeze. Washing machine, and iron available. Hot water. 2 balconies BBQ and outdoor tables and loungers. Public transport and...
"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...
Vaimaanga Views Studio
"… design, with a queen size bed which comfortably sleeps two people. We provide all bed linen and towels for your holiday. The modern kitchen has everything you need for preparing meals. Appliances include electric jug, toaster, microwave oven, cook top and a fridge. The spacious tiled bathroom / toilet hosts a large walk in shower and unlimited hot water for ultimate convenience. There is also an outdoor shower in the garden to...
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...
"… 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...
"Cheap place to stay if you are budget traveler - I stayed 3 nights and found it reasonable for budget travelers. First night did not start fine though I had such a long flight to get there, but somehow my room was not ready. They prepared a place to share with another lady. I needed to have my single room from the beginning. I made a booking more than 6 months ago so they probably forgot it. Another 2 nights were great, but I did not realize...
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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