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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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"I stayed here back in July 2000 for three months and loved it so much that I am planning to go back in a year's time. I just hope Lily and Poco are still there, as they are the most helpful staff you could ever meet. Thanks for everything and see you soon." … "Nice quiet and clean - The place was tidy and clean, amazing gardens, was cool to be able go pick bananas from the yard around the chalet. Pool was mint and the location is...
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...
Vara's Beach House
"This place is just wonderful. There were no "wild nights" but just good pub crawls organised almost every night with our days been spent soaking up the sun and playing volley ball on stunning Muri Beach. The accommodation itself was very clean, with well appointed units and rooms. The staff are helpful and friendly and the location is to die for! Such a relaxed atmosphere with shops and restaurants right next door. Loved this place and would...
"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
"… 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
"… relax in the comfort of clean, quiet and affordable 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...
Rarotonga Vacation Villas
Kiikii, Tupapa Avarua, (P.O. Box 629)
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...
Maiana Guesthouse & Beach Bungalows
"As you have read we located on the south side of Rarotonga and known for its best beaches. We have the bus-stop at front gate and Cafe next door. Our beach is across the road and known for a place to get relax and have a break. If thats you choose Maiana. The kitchen, dinning room, outside seatings and bathrooms is communial. Large space with a great view of our tropical plants and flowers. We only except cash on arrival.And not forgetting...
Atupa Orchid Units
"… gate. There is a bicycle and motorcycle for hire too. The owner, Ingrid Caffery and 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...
Raus Guest House
"Our 5 x bedroom private house is very clean and tidy. You share facilities with other clients - Dining,Kitchen,Lounge,laundry,showers & toilets. Meet and enjoy to see new friends. We are very close to the beach. We are also close to a Supermarket, Restaurant and Public transport. Perfect for couples that want to relax and have a rest. We also have a internet service." … "… located on the southern side of Rarotonga -...
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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