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Backpackers International Reviews

P O Box 878, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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169 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 70%Security
  • 80%Location
  • 70%Staff
  • 67%Atmosphere
  • 47%Cleanliness
  • 60%Facilities

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The staff was really artention told us the best things to do in the island.


The staff and other backpackers were very nice and helpful during our stay. The cleanliness of the showers was poor and rooms were quite dark and stuffy. The kitchen utensils are in need of and update.

  • 14th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Staff went out of their way to be helpful, taking you shopping, advising the best deals for rentals, then helping afterhours on a Sunday by getting hold of the rental company you decided to go with so that they could replace your scooter, which they did within 15mins, after you and the police officer failed. We always asked if there was anything at all we could help with and other than the scooter, you said nothing. Bathrooms and kitchens are cleaned daily.


The place was average. Kitchen hygiene was terrible and dogs barking and roosters crowing through the night made me change my flights and go home early after 4 days. Personally I thought the island was over rated. Perhaps the outer islands are nicer but then the costs are much higher.

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Roosters are wild and are a common complaint what ever your accommodation is, as they are everywhere. However, we have a plan in process to "downsize" rooster population around the property. Our kitchen is cleaned daily either in the morning or at night, when we lock up. Food scrap bins are emptied into our compost off property daily, as we are always promoting recycling where we can. Fridges/Cupboards are checked and either scrapped or put in "Free Food" Dishwashing liquid is refilled daily


I had the most brilliant time staying at Backpackers International. Although it is not anything special, we formed a little community, all going to the beach together, markets, drinking, cooking, it was like a having a little international family for two weeks.

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Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you our way again sometime.


The cheapest place on the island, with a good kitchen, decent atmosphere, comfy enough beds and hot showers, with two great snorkelling beaches nearby. We ended up extending and stayed two weeks. That said, it is grubby, unnecessarily grimy, the rooms were mouldy and sheets damp even when fresh on. A bit more TLC would sort it out, but given how cheap it is in the context of raro you sort of get over it and stay out of your room until you go to sleep


We really enjoyed our stay at Backpackers International. The staff were friendly and we felt at home. We were taught how to husk coconuts in the back yard and had loads of free avocados and bananas courtesy of the owners! Location excellent and very near the best snorkelling in town (The Rarotongan and Shipwreck).

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Thank you for your awesome review, glad you enjoyed our local hospitality. Thank you again for staying with us.


Decent place for the cheap rates. We found it a really good location, as we were relying on the buses and the beach nearby that you can walk to is nice. Pretty basic but Tisa was helpful, and there was a nice atmosphere with lots of like minded travellers happy to chat. If you're on a budget this place definitely ticks the boxes.

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Thank you for your awesome review, we're all about the basics, good location, company and price. Again, thank you for staying with us.


The best snorkelling spot of the island is 15min by foot from the hostel. This is awesome. The only problem, that is not specific of the hostel, but of the rarotonga is that internet is paid EVERYWHERE

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Thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your time with us, if you're ever back on the island, you know how to find us. Yeah, unfortunately about the internet, it's owned by a monopoly, so yes, internet is paid everywhere.

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