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Lord B-transportation questions

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Lord B-transportation questions

Hi Lord B. Welcome back and glad you enjoyed your trip...even if you were a bit under the weather. Hope you're 100% now. Been enjoying your posts and appreciate all the fact finding you've done. Can't wait to start in on the pictures!!

Please excuse me if you already discussed this, but I can't find it ....

You covered so much ground on your trip! What did you use for transportation on Raro and Aitu? Rent a vehicle for your entire stay? If so did you reserve before leaving the states? Prefer any specific agencies or is there only one game in town? Get the auto first and then get license?

We arrive in Raro on a Sat and have transfers to the R. Beach Bungalows, but now wondering if we should just get a car at the airport. We'd like to hit the farmers market and isn't that a Sat morning event? Maybe it's no big deal to backtrack into town if the market is worth it??

Any insights appreciated.

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1. Re: Lord B-transportation questions

Yeah, we rented a small mini-van type vehicle ahead of time. It was waiting at the airport for us. We went with a larger vehicle because with 4 adults we had a lot of luggage. We also wanted to hit the Saturday market and figured if we went "home" first we would be too late for the market.

Several car rental agencies on Rarotonga.

http://www.avis.co.ck/

http://www.budget.co.ck/

http://www.rarotongarentals.co.ck/

(This is who we rented from. They are right across the road from the airport).

Saturday market is great fun.

Ken

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2. Re: Lord B-transportation questions

Thanks Ken- Reserve in advance? Have a car on Aitutaki as well?

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3. Re: Lord B-transportation questions

Yes, you can (and should).

Yes you can (and should) - though if you are at all inclined towards scooters, Aitutaki is the place to do that (as apposed to Raro). On Aitutaki we rented from Rino's Rentals - which we did through Jetsave as I don't think Rino's has a car rental site - though you can probably contact them directly through the information listed on their accomodations website (http://www.rinosaitutaki.com/).

Ken

PS: On Rarotonga you don't really NEED a car as the bus service is quite good, but we like the freedom and flexiblity of having one - plus it makes getting to the Saturday market that first day a whole lot easier. We simply loaded our stuff in the car, drove to the market (with a brief stop at the temporary license location down by the docks to get our license) then stopped back at the rental agency to fill out the paperwork on Monday (they, like nearly everything else on the island close at around 1 PM on Saturday).

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4. Re: Lord B-transportation questions

As we arrive at night we use the transfers offered to our accommodation. Next morning you have the following options:

1) Catch a bus into town or to a car rental place (very easy) and this is what we do. After we've got the scooter(s) we then do our shopping. In fact we find the bus so easy and a great way to socialise that even though we get scooters I still catch the bus or walk to shops (we only buy basic b/fast and snacks anyway) and certain outings.

2) If you are staying at a resort or hotel or even a house with a phone you have the option to organise at the front desk/via phone for a car rental place to come and collect you to hire a vehicle.