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The friendliest family owned and run hostel on Rarotonga and is ideally located on the west of the Island...... More...
Rarotonga's turquoise lagoons, colourful coral reefs and postcard-worthy beaches make this the perfect place to relax in the South Pacific Cook Islands. There's plenty for active travellers too, with trekking routes to the lush rainforests and the Te Rua Manga mountain that dominates the landscape. With just one town on the whole island and lots of hidden bays, this is a tranquil destination with lots of opportunities for exploring.
Hostels in Rarotonga are laid-back and have a social atmosphere: ideal for making new friends to go exploring with. You can stay in a private poolside bungalow or in a dorm at a family-owned place. Look out for added extras like mosquito nets and tropical orchards where you can pick your own pawpaws, mangoes and avocados. You'll find that most Rarotonga hostels have shared kitchens and dining rooms, as well as barbecue areas in the gardens for evening cookouts.
Avarua is the capital of the Cook Islands and the only real town on Rarotonga. It's a pretty relaxed place, with small buildings facing the harbour and foreshore. This is where you'll find the post office, car rental agencies and supermarkets, as well as places to grab a bite to eat or have a drink. Avarua is connected to the rest of the island's palm-lined beaches by a 32km ring road. That's the entire circumference of Rarotonga, so this compact spot is easy to explore in depth.
The main thing to do in Rarotonga is hit the beach, but there's more to it than lounging on powdery soft sands and trying your hand at snorkelling. Punanga Nui Cultural Market on the Avarua waterfront is the place to go to buy local handicrafts and fresh fruit with a soundtrack of live local music. Take a tour around the Matutu Brewing Company in the south of the island – you get to sample the local craft beer at the end.
The main airport for the Cook Islands is Rarotonga International Airport near Avarua. From here, there's a public bus that travels in a circle around the island. The two routes go clockwise or anti-clockwise, with each running once an hour. This bus is the easiest way to get around during your stay. Scooter hire is also popular, with lots of locals and visitors using them to get to more secluded areas.