This year will be our 8th visit to Sokala,in the last decade, and long may they continue!
From those first footsteps on the silky white sand and into the warm ( and safe ) waters of Muri lagoon, the genuinely warm " family" welcome embraces.
To wake up to the sounds of the distant reef and the occasional coconut falling into the lagoon, is heaven on earth, whilst the night sky brings a moon and stars you feel you can touch - with the relaxing soft whisper of the warm breeze in the coconut palms.
Our hosts, Lawrance,Suz and Sarina, have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Muri Lagoon area, as well as of the Cook Islands as a whole - and we are proud to call them our " Cook Island Family ".
Nothing is too much trouble , and they can help organise whatever you wish - They are also brilliant at making surprise special occasions happen.
The idyllic,peaceful Sokala complex is absolutely beach/lagoon front.
The spacious and comfortable villa we stay in has its own private swimming pool ( as do a number of the others ) , with expansive decks. All have great views.
Sokala provides complimentary kayaks and snorkel equipment to explore the lagoon and its motu ( islands ).
We would personally recommend bringing a pair of good quality reef shoes to maximise your lagoon experience, both here and at other places on Rarotonga.
And if its one of those occasional showery days,- or you just want to chill-out more ,- Sokala has a great library of books.
Muri village itself has a compact,relaxed, and comprehensive infrastructure for tourists, including a variety of restaurants,cafes and bars and an excellent French bakery.There is also a good choice of scooter and car hire outlets,convenience stores, craft shops,and also the Te Vara Nui Cultural Centre complex with an "Island Night " ( over water ) that shouldn't be missed.Captian Tama's glass- bottomed boats can also take you out across the lagoon to the outlying motu for snorkelling and a BBQ lunch.
The walk to and from the restaurants from Sokala along the beach ,sometimes paddling in the shallows in places ,depending on the tide,is one of the fabulous experiences of life! ( we would recommend taking a torch at night, to see the small fish which sometimes swim past ).
We are global travellers ,and are sure that this place,and these islands are among the World's best kept secrets!
What don't we like about Sokala ? - LEAVING!!!!
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