I stayed here for a total of 6 weeks Jan-March this year as I was visiting the Cook Islands for my medical elective and needed a base to work from.
The hostel was really easily booked and you can negotiate a bit of a discount from the friendly and helpful owner, Paul, if you're staying for any real length of time.
I stayed in a single room at the Beachside complex which was small but adequate for most single travellers. The hostel was always clean and the bathrooms/showers/kitchen were cleaned daily. Internet access was a lot slower than back in the UK but it's like that everywhere in the Cooks. The only improvement which could be made would be maybe new sofas/seats in the common room next to the kitchen. There are a few huts on the beach which are a bit nicer with their own shower and the beach units have their own kitchen which would be an advantage to families or those wanting more privacy.
A great location right on the beach and the bus stops right outside for you to get into town.
Friendly atomsphere in the hostel with a variety of travellers staying including families with young children.
You can arrange free pickup from the airport which is an advantage too. Paul, the owner was always there if you needed anything and I highly reccommend this to any backpacker coming to Raro from both personal experience and from other travellers I had met who had stayed at Backpackers International and Varas nearer Muri beach.
- Also Known As:
- Rarotonga Backpackers Hotel Arorangi
- Rarotonga Backpackers Cook Islands