Stayed here with seven others, four of us decided to take the budget option and stay in the dorms, while the other four decided to stay in the beach front studio. Our room was ok, there were holes everywhere and felt like bugs could come in, sure enough on our first night the largest crab i had seen while there for a week managed to make its way into our room and wake us up. The second night we ended up having a local paper wasp, cockroaches and a cat come into our room. The wasp has shot in where the insect nets weren't attached, and the cockroaches had managed to come thru gaps behind the toilet/shower/hand washing area. This was unpleasant and did not help us to sleep. Then while we were lying there with the lights on (not wanting to turn them off as wanted to see all intruders to our room) a black thing shot out from under the curtain onto the floor under the beds. After deciding to 'man up' and look, it was the backpackers local stray flea bag (cat). The next day we had asked them to please move us to another room as we couldn't handle the animals (one person is allergic to cats, and another to wasp stings). We then got moved into another room, more in the main bit of the building, to find out the flea bag had urinated in here. We then spend the last three nights (and three bottles of perfume to get rid of the smell) in this room. No bugs or intruders were found here, but we were still very wary of the holes/gaps in the room.
Our friends stayed in the beach house thing at the front, this is definitely the place to stay if you are going to stay here. They had air conditioning, it was up on stilts making it tricky for unwanted animals to come in (although they also had a cockroach and ant infestation) but this place was a lot better to stay in then in the beach side dorms. Worth the up grade!!
Overall, I found Raro fantastic in the day, the night time really ruined it for me. But the back packers advertise activities that you can do at night that will keep you from going back to the room, or at least going back to the room drunk so you don't mind it.
- Also Known As:
- Rarotonga Backpackers Hotel Arorangi
- Rarotonga Backpackers Cook Islands