Anyone been to Raratonga, Cook Islands

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1. Posted by Andy B (Full Member 34 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I am going to the cook islands next year for around 8 days and was wondering if anyone had any advice! Any where to stay, any thing a must do etc


2. Posted by Gurt (Full Member 65 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I visited Raro,Aitutaki and Atiu Island.

Raro has only 2 roads around the island: the old (inner) one
and they new (near the coast) one. A circle bus comes every hour (only one way round).
Renting a motor bike is nice and easy. For a car you need a license (...), you can buy it near the police station in Avarua.
Buy the local paper for latest news and be sure to visit the coconut man (see advertisment).

The City Motel in Avarua offers good value.
The are many hostels near the (south) east coast.

If you go to Aitutaki (blue lagoons) book the ticket at Raro airport; it's possible to book your bed too at that place. Rino's is very nice, but don't expect Aitutaki to be crowded.

Have a nice trip!

3. Posted by dFy (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I went to Rarotonga for 9 days in September 2003 on my honeymoon. Since it was our honeymoon we did not go the ultimate budget route but instead stayed at 2 very nice properties.
4 nights at the Manuia Beach Hotel, on the west side of the island, and 5 nights at the Muri Beachcomber (self catering).

I strongly suggest staying only on the west side of the island as the breeze was much gentler and the sunsets were amazing.

The Manuia Beach is pricey but I would stay there again. We would have stayed there all 9 nights if we knew how nice the location was, very secluded yet still easy to get to amenities.

I have heard that the Little Polynesian is also very nice.

We hired a moped and getting around the island was easy; you can get anywhere you like in a short time. It took us about 45 minutes to go around the whole island. It was very safe and no one really tried to pass us, very easy-going.

A must-do is going to church on a Sunday morning, even if you are not religious, the hymn singing is amazing.

We did not go to Aitutaki, maybe next time. We will certainly go back.