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Which area

We are keen snorkellers, walkers, Paddleboarders, and enjoy some kayaking.

what would be the best area for us to start which offers excellent beach, snorkelling, walking, kayaking etc. And isnt too busy.

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Kia Orana poppynz, welcome to the forum.

Localities around the SE corner of the island would meet your interests for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. SUP is best undertaken on the Muri lagoon where there is a large clear area suited to sailing, kitesurfing, SUP, kayaking, lagoon cruising and swimming. Muri is a hub for tourism-related activities and this part of the island is most picturesque including the offshore motu, the distant reefline, thick white sand, and delightful sunrises. For good reason this has become a busy part of the island.

Overall, I think you may be best to focus your accommodation search towards the southern end of Muri, in the locality of Maai (quiet area), and also around the Tikoki area (again a quiet area) where the Tikioki marine reserve is located. It's not far from either location to reach Muri for some of your aquatic interests, but also for the cultural village, restaurants and associated services in that village, with Maai being closer to Muri than Tikioki..

The site http://www.holidayhomes.co.nz has lots of listings for Rarotonga. Also check the accommodation shown on http://www.ck and http://www.jetsave.co.ck. with these 2 sites being smaller, less overwhelming, and with a wide range of information for travellers.

All the best with your research. Are you interested in a winter holiday, or a visit at a later time of year?

Kia Manuia.

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Thank you s much for your very helpful advice. Thinking winter holiday. Do you also recommend few days in Aituaki?

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3. Re: Which area

Hi poppynz,

Depending on how many days you intend to stay in the Cook Islands, I highly recommend Aitutaki as a destination. It's beautiful lagoon is beyond belief! But also, if you base yourselves in the O'otu area of Aitutaki (SE) this is the best place to undertake kayaking, sailing & SUP, while several of the lagoon cruises depart from Ootu point. Swimming is reasonable at high tides, except snorkelling isn't so great but if you hire a rental car, scooters or push-bikes, it's not far from the marine conservation area at the northern end of the unsealed runway to a great lagoon snorkelling spot.

Accommodation choices around Ootu include Inano Beach Bungalows, Popoara-Ocean Breeze (onsite licenced Boatshed restaurant), Aitutaki Lagoon Resort (onsite licenced restaurants), Samade (onsite licenced restaurant), Ootu Beach-house, Ootu Villa, Ranginui's Retreat (budget) and Josies Beach-Lodge (backpackers). The Koru Café is an excellent café with Wifi and giftware and is central to all these accommodations. Also, these places are within easy walking distance to each other - except the Lagoon Resort is reached across Ootu channel via their small boat.

This website lists Aitutaki accommodation properties - www.aitutaki-accommodations.com

Many self-catering, private holiday homes on Rarotonga may require a minimum number of nights stay. One suggestion is to arrive Rarotonga, settle into accommodation on this island for a time, before continuing over to Aitutaki for part of your stay. Currently we have a good balance of daytime and night-time flights to/from Auckland with Air New Zealand. It is possible to book online using Aituaki as one of your arrival or departure points, thus saving the need and costs of purchasing a separate domestic flight between Raro & Aitutaki.

Virgin Australia also flies into Raro from Auckland, about 4 or 5 times a week. Theirs are all night flights.

Cheers.

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Thank you so much for the awesome helpful advice. That is brillant.

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