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Seachange vs Rendevous, which one. Onshore wind a problem?

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Seachange vs Rendevous, which one. Onshore wind a problem?

Hello, I am tosing up wether to book a week in Seachange or Rendevous villas. Seachange is more expensive but the apartment has more 'bling' to it, especially the pool. (will be lagoon only for me though) However Rendevous is beachfront and better value. Has anyone stayed in both? Also, a consideration are the winds in early/mid september. Should I avoid either locations or both because of the onshore trade winds? What about the surronding location and beaches, which one is closer to the action so to speak.

Lastly, if one wanted to visit another resort for a day or two how much would a 'day pass' set you back to use the facilities (pool especially) or would the give it to you for free givien you will be eating and drinking there. Also September in my mind is shoulder season so will it be very busy?

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1. Re: Seachange vs Rendevous, which one. Onshore wind a problem?

We have stayed at both. Rendevous is closer to the action in that it is a kilometer or maybe a little less from the heart of Muri with a lot of restaurants. Sea Change has far less in that close a proximity. My experience is that it is windy on that side of the island but you can never know about any particular time. We have gone there and it has been windy for the whole week we are there and next time same time of year calm except a couple of days.

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2. Re: Seachange vs Rendevous, which one. Onshore wind a problem?

Thank you for your reply. Is seachange worth the extra money? They both have a small private pool but the one is Seabay does look better.

Also, does anyone know anything about these day passes to use pools in other resorts?

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3. Re: Seachange vs Rendevous, which one. Onshore wind a problem?

Hi, I also wanted to find out about day passes. This is the reply I got from a few resorts.


For non in-house guest we have Day Passes available here at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa and sister resort Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach should you wish to use any of the following facilities:

Our Day Passes are available @ NZ$100 per adult and NZ$50 per child (up to 11 years inclusive) per day.

The Day Pass entitles your guests' to use the following Resort facilities

• Activities Programme: you are welcome to participate in all the free activities on the day’s extensive Activities Programme: and

• Activities Equipment: free use of Activities Equipment such as beach towels, reef shoes, snorkels, masks, fins, kayaks, stand up paddleboaring subject to a 2-hour maximum time limit per equipment hire; and

• Beach Equipment: includes sunloungers, hammocks; and

• Swimming Pool: please note no jumping in pool. No lifeguard on duty.

• Tennis Courts: includes tennis racquets and balls

• Gym/Fitness Centre, and fitness trail

• Games Room: including TV, table tennis, chess, board games, guest library; and

• Access to the Resort’s Restaurants, Spa and Kids Club at extra charge as applicable

If All Activities Equipment is returned in good condition by 5pm you will receive a refund of NZ$50 per adult and NZ$25 per child. You will need to produce your pass in order to claim your refund. Any damage or loss of Resort property will be deducted from this amount. Refunds cannot be claimed if pass is lost. Please note that access to all resort facilities is subject to availability, with first priority going to registered house guests of the Resort. The resort reserves the right to cancel any Day Pass in its sole discretion without justification.

It is not possible to utilize any of the above facilities and equipment as a non-resort guest without purchase of the Day Pass. Also, please note it is not permitted to bring food or drink onto the property.


Many thanks for your enquiry about non in-house guests use our facilities. Yes by all means you can use our facilities at a cost of $25 per person. Please come into our Front Office upon your arrival and make yourself known to our staff and payment can be made then.

Manuia Beach has the following facilities:

Infinity swimming pool, sun loungers, guest TV room/lounge, book-swap/library, laundry service, free Kayak use, free use of snorkeling gear with fins and reef shoes, free introductory dive in the pool every Monday, Free Ukulele Lesson every Friday, internet access and our all day restaurant & bar namely “Beaches”.


We allow non guest to use the pool as long as they purchase a meal or drink from our bar.

We have also stayed at Seachange, but not Rendevous, so can't make a comparison. We really enjoyed the facilities there and the owners were lovely and very helpful. The private pool was wonderful.

Hope this helps. Have a wonderful holiday wherever you choose to stay.

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4. Re: Seachange vs Rendevous, which one. Onshore wind a problem?

Hi Ulankford,

September is part of the busy winter season on Rarotonga. Depending on when NZ school holidays occur over Sept - Oct, expect the timing of families on an island-holiday to become even busier. Both the Rarotongan Resort and the Edgewater tend be popular accommodation properties for families on holiday. Instead of the Rarotongan Resort to visit, the nicer side of this shared property is the Sanctuary (adults only) area of the dual complex.

Manuia Beach is another adults only property, with its infinity pool set down right alongside the beachfront and Beaches restaurant. Lovely outlook especially around sunset! This would be a good alternative for accommodation if potential wind is of concern to you.


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