The Raro backpackers must be able to say it has one of the best beaches of any backpackers in the world. It really was picture perfect. The accommodation was not quite so perfect but relatively acceptable.
We had a beach hut for 6 nights. You can’t tell from its website but the beach huts are set behind the large “Unit” accommodations and so don’t have a sea view although it’s only a 10 second walk to see it and technically they are located on the sand (so you get the annoyance of a sand filled room without the benefit of a sea view) but it was possible most nights to hear the waves.
I had been assured in an email that all linens were provided in the hut so I didn’t bring anything. The bed sheets were ok but didn’t fit the bed. However, the towel I was given was completely disgusting, old stained, falling apart – the kind of thing you might use to dry off a wet dog but not give a guest in a NZ$85 a night room (photo included). I suggest you pack linens if this is something that would annoy you too.
There are staff at the backpackers for only a few hours in the morning so if you need something (like a better towel) it can be hard to catch them.
The beach hut is just one room with a bathroom with a small bathroom. Ours had two beds and was a bit snug. There was a fridge in a room that didn’t work but by the 4th day this had been replaced with a new fridge. There was no line by the hut to hang clothes/wet gear but there was one in the shared area that you can risk using.
There is no safety deposit box and friends who stayed here previously had a lot of stuff stolen so be sure to take something so you can lock up your valuables.
The shared facilities are like any low-grade backpackers, scruffy, old and a bit dirty. The swimming pool never looked clean enough to swim in.
The location on the island is not close to much else and you really need transport to get out. There is a convenient store a few mins walk up the road, a bike rental shop opposite and the (expensive) island bus will stop for you outside the backpackers
The airport transfer was good value and reliable.
- Also Known As:
- Rarotonga Backpackers Hotel
- Rarotonga Backpackers Hotel Arorangi
- Rarotonga Backpackers Cook Islands