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snorkelling at the edgewater

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snorkelling at the edgewater

Hi all,

Am currently undecided on accomodation. It is between Edgewater and Sekola Villas. Swaying me is the price difference to be honest, but obviously I want to have the best deal for my money. Does anybody have any suggestions?? One of the things that I am interersted in is the snorkelling activities - any suggestions as to where the best place for that is?

Thanks Very Much

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1. Re: snorkelling at the edgewater

Snorkeling is likely better at the Edgewater than at the Sokola Villas. Views better at the Sokolas.

FYI: Palm Grove will have better snorkeling than either but will be subject to more wind (good during the warm time of year, bad during the cooler months). Edgewater is sheltered from the wind as it's on the leeward (west) side of the island. Sokola's have some protection from the wind because of the offshore motus.

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2. Re: snorkelling at the edgewater

Hi. Just stayed at Sokala and have checked out the Edgewater. There is no comparison between the 2. Sokala is small, intimate, beautiful location with a gorgeous beach. Edgewater is a big "hotel" on a less desirable beach. Sokala is villa style with a very large amount of quiet and privacy (even your own pool). There are several great restaurants within an easy walk down the beach and some of the best snorkelling is found at Fruits of Rarotonga which is an easy scooter or bike ride from Sokala. Hope this helps. Enjoy.

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3. Re: snorkelling at the edgewater

Hi Red76!

What about renting a house!

The best snorkelling on Rarotonga as you may have noticed by now is opposite the Fruits of Rarotonga.

Shane and Heather who own the Fruits of Raro also have houses for rent. They have 3 houses on the beach and 2 beside the Fruits of Raro.

We stayed there back in January 2003 and had a wonderful time. The houses are neat and tidy. We stayed in a two bedroom house but it could accommodate more people.

We paid $100 AU per night for 2 adults 2 children and it was much cheaper than staying in a resort.

Admittedly there was no air-con, TV or screens but the mozzies were not too much of a problem and the house had ceiling fans.

Shane and Heather do not advertise on the net but by word of mouth.

I don't know if you want budget accommodation or a resort type situation.

Staying in the house it was about 5 steps to the best snorkelling on the island and the bus stop to town is at the Fruits of Raro.

Shane and Heather supply snorkelling equipment for a small fee.

I have read that the fish are all still there but the reef has been damaged from the 3 cyclones they had at the beginning of the year. There is shop right next door to the house we stayed in where we bought french bread every day to feed all the fish. The coral is soft but there are stone fish so booties are a must.

Hope this helps a bit!

Regards

WenQLD

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4. Re: snorkelling at the edgewater

You should be aware that not all is as good as it looks in the lagoon nowadays. See the following news report from the cook islands media.

Scientists confirm waste triggers Titikaveka irritant

26 May: The final report of the irritant syndrome investigation in Titikaveka has concluded that biotoxins, possibly from marine algae, are the most likely cause of the syndrome and that symptoms described could not been caused by any single known imported pesticide.

The report prepared by epidemiologist Dr Charles Eason and toxicologist Dr Virginia Hope recommends that principles of low-impact development and low-impact land use be implemented to protect the coastal-marine environment and the health and integrity of the lagoons around Rarotonga.

The scientists were invited to Rarotonga to investigate the syndrome by then prime Minister, Dr Robert Woonton and a copy of the report has been made available to the Office of the Prime Minister.

" ... for example, new building development initiatives must be implemented in ways that do not damage the lagoon environment. 'Retrofits' for existing dwellings may be required (eg improved septic tanks)," the report concludes.

The finding corroborates with seawater testing carried out by Imogen Ingram of the Taporoporoanga Ipukarea Society Inc that showed there is no presence of POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) in the water.

"More detailed medical and toxicological review confirms our original finding that the symptoms reported are considered unlikely to be due to infectious disease-causing pathogenic micro-organisms, to pesticides or to other chemicals," the report says. Irritant syndrome investigator, Ali MacQuarrie says toxic algae blooms are caused by nutrient enrichment of the lagoon.

"Nutrients from fertilizers used in agriculture as well as inadequately treated waste from pig farms, households and hotels are the most likely cause of algae blooms in Rarotonga lagoon." says MacQuarrie.

Meanwhile, the NZAID-funded Irritant Syndrome Project was unable to gather evidence of the irritant because the syndrome did not occur during the 2004-2005 summer. Project funds mostly covered the purchase of sampling equipment as well as laboratory analysis before and during an irritant syndrome event. Without a syndrome episode, the irritant cannot be captured in environmental samples.

Regardless of this, the Ministry of Marine Resources and Environment Service continue to monitor lagoon water quality. Symptoms of the syndrome included sore eyes, throats and noses, respiratory problems, headaches, coughs and skin itchiness/rashes. The syndrome was prevalent in December 2003-January 2004 and again in April 2004 although milder forms occurred after those periods. ��� UKM

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5. Re: snorkelling at the edgewater

Sokala is fabulous.....stayed there four times. The water is shallow out front and no snorkeling. Edgewater is a hotel with tons of people, shallow water, poor snorkeling. It is true Fruits of Rarotonga beach has the best snorkeling AND THE BEST CHUTNEY ON THE PLANET! Wish they'd get a website! I bought twelve assorted jars of chutneys and relishes in April of this year and already need more! Anyway, don't get me started with that! Truly you will get more for your money at Sokala Villas.

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6. Re: snorkelling at the edgewater

In Regard to the Water quality:

The cyclones did alot of damage in Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Broken coral everywhere but there are still lovely colored fish and lots to see. Don't let that report scare you. It's still nice and healthy to snorkel and swim.

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