Puaikura Reef Lodges Hotel

, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Puaikura Reef Lodges Hotel

, Rarotonga
Avarua - Rarotonga - 00000 - Cook Islands Hotel Website | 23537
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Wonderful rome and staff
Submitted by: Bill in 06/03/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Sweden
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
Rooms close to the beach(50 m) and internetcafe (50 m). Rooms big and the penty got a good kitchen. Bathroom clean and nice. reefshoes and snorklingthings could you borrow att the reception. It was a paradise for me in 10 days.
Friendly and comfortable
Submitted by: Jane in 03/07/06
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: New Zealand
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We stayed at Puakura for a week in April when the new owners had been in operation for 3 months. The gardens were immaculate and the pool sparkelling blue every day. Sue and Tom are gradually refurbishing the units with fresh modern colour, art and furnishings. The lovely complimentary fruit basket kept us going for a few days and we enjoyed the use of the good quality snorkelling gear free to use. Much much more than expected. Will go again.
What a fantastic place
Submitted by: Garry in 29/06/06
  • Age Group:
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Rarotonga has to be one of the world's best kept secrets. A tropical paradise with no crowds, friendly people and pristine beaches. Arriving at 2:00am in the morning our hosts Sue and Tom made sure we were picked up with the trip to Puaikura Reef only about 15 minutes away.

In the morning a tropical breakfast was delivered to the room as part of the welcome, after that it was our first chance to see the surrounds in daylight. Puiakura Reef Lodge has well kept gardens and grounds and a lovely pool. We didn't use the pool much as the most pristine beach was right across the road. Most days we had it all to ourselves. Such clear water and an enormous amount of tropical fish so it was great for snorkelling.

Sue has a background on the travel industry and it really showed. She was only to happy to organise motorcycle rental (the only way to get around in my opinion), tours and resturant recommendations. One suggestion Sue made was an Island night at the Staircase Bar in town, it was fantastic, food was great and the entertainment was provided by a local dance/drum troupe.

We only had four days on Rarotonga as it was between business trips, but we will definitely return, next time I will spend more time doing nothing on the most perfect beach in the world.

Highly recommended to all
Not recommended
Submitted by: Sarah in 04/01/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: New Zealand
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Not very good, cost average, rooms bad

Top Local Tips for Rarotonga

island bus You can hire a scooter (most people do) but with no crash helmets (but I believe this will change soon), not sure it's that safe and you hear some terrible stories of spoiled holidays from pople who have come off. But the island bus is very good. Buy a 10 ticket deal (just ask when you get on and pay the driver) 2 buses go round the island, 1 clockwise , 1 antclockwise, every hour and you can flag it down, and ask the driver to stop anywhere. It's a reat way to get around as there is basically just the one roadround the island and these buses cover it all.

Island Night at the Staircase We were reccommended to go to the Staircase Island Night because we had teenage children. It was a smaller group performing but our children loved it because the performing group was made up also of teenage children. Great night, great value for a family and great food and entertainment

Tamarind House For stunning seafood, beautiful surroundings and a lovely evening check out this wonderful restaurant.

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