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Reviewed 5 January 2007

We arrived at the Rarotonga Airport to be informed that the unit we reserved about 1/2 a year ago had a sewage problem and that our villa was not available to us after all. This was unit #2. When we made the reservation, we had requested units 1 or 3 as we did not want the middle unit. How we ended up with the one we didn't want, we don't know. Our host informed us we were rebooked in a bigger place ("an upgrade") 10 minutes down the road in the next town.

When we got to the Maurua Villa 2 bedroom unit, it looked okay from the outside. We thought the concrete blocks they had on the beach were quite ugly and depressing, but being nice people didn't complain. The kitchen was nice. The living area was very hot, but bedrooms were even hotter but we figured we'd let it air out as the weather was comfortable outside that day. We discovered the place had high ceilings and NO ceiling fan anywhere in the house. Hours later, the house was still hotter inside than it was outside (and remember, we're in the tropics). We wanted to stay but couldn't physically handle nor wanted a place we couldn't sleep in or have comfortable respite from the weather in if it were to rain, which it did.

to his credit, the host did try to find us a place thru friends or people he knew at the Palm Grove (which weren't too impressive from the outside either), but didn't try Muri Beach where most accommodations are. Desperate to stay any where else but our appointed oven, we ended up finding our own last minute accommodations for not much more than what we'd orignally planned on. Being decent people, we did pay him for picking us up from the airport and gave a 50% tip even though we'd wasted almost an afternoon of our short time left of our vacation.

Later that evening, as we were going to dinner in Muri Beach, we saw that the light to all three Villas were on....

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank finicky1
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Reviewed 3 November 2005

We found a gem on the island of Rarotonga named White Sands Villas. These are three new freshly appointed homes sitting side by side directly on the beach in titikaveka. We could sit for hours on the beach and not see anyone if no one was staying in the unit next to us. You can sit on your porch and watch the waves pound the reef which is located a good ways out from the shore. It also makes for great sleeping hearing the waves crash against them.

White Sands Villa does not have A/C mind you but there is a consistent breeze being that you are located right on the beach. We found this place to be well kept and completely wonderful and I would go back again. There are many indivdual properties on Rarotonga while there is a noticeable absence of the major chain of hotels.

Rarotonga is a sleepy little island with one road circling the island. There is a bus that goes each direction hourly but everything thing operates on "Raro Time" meaning that no one is in a rush. If you want, you can rent a scooter or a car to get around the island. We rented the scooter which we found to be quite plentiful on the island.

Food prices are a bit high on Rarotonga because everything has to be imported from New Zealand or somewhere else. You need to plan on also doing your shopping prior to Sunday as there is little open on Sunday. I recommend you go to the Saturday Market which is a small open air market near the center of the island.

There is not much nightlife on Rarotonga so don't go thinking this is some major area for nightlife. Raro is rather quite compared to the hustle and bustle of other islands I have visited in the carribean. I found plenty of time to relax and unwind here and the island is not crowded like French Polynesia.

One other thing I found interesting about Rarotonga is there is nothing taller than a palm tree except city hall. The major hotel chains are not present here nor does the main road have a stop light or a stop sign. Very unspoiled place compared to other tourist destinations.

In my opinion, The Cook Islands are the Gem of the South Pacific. While not as developed as other places, they are Unspoiled and undiscovered by many.

I am posting a few pictures to give you an idea of how beautiful Rarotonga & Aitutaki are.

30  Thank JKRecord
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