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White Sands yes or no?

Penryn, United...
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White Sands yes or no?

Hello again,

How I love this planning stage of a trip. You really feel you get to know the places before you get there very exciting :)

Anyway, I keep getting drawn back to Whitesands. I have had some good feedback from fellow travellers, thank you. But, just want to make sure before I sign up, so anymore feedback advice would be very welcome.

I have been told this is the best place for snorkeling.

How far is the Whitesands from shops/restaurants/bars etc? We will have our daughter of 22yrs( she now resides in NZ) with us and she will want some life. :)

Thanks for all your help


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1. Re: White Sands yes or no?

Not been inside, but it's in a great area for snorkeling. Not much shopping or dining in the immediate area though.

All in all a fine choice.


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Wow! That location looks great! :)

I bet you can't wait to be on vacation...

It will be easy for your daughter to just drive about 10 - 15 mins to biggest town on the island if she rents a scooter! So I would not fret over the distance to town for some "life".

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Within a 4 to 5 kms either way from Whitesands are Saltwater cafe,Cafe Roc,Vaima restaurant,The Pawpaw Patch restaurant, the Little Polynesian restaurant and Maire Nui Garden cafe.

Whitesands is about 4kms to Wigmores superstore where there is also a liquor outlet,an ATM and petrol.

To "do' the shops you have to go into Avarua which is the main shopping centre.

The life that I presume your daughter will want will be mostly in town where the shops are.


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