We have stayed at the Muri Shell Bungalows now 3 times and it is always our first choice when travelling to Rarotonga. We have previously stayed in November and found Terry to be very friendly, chatty and helpful. He is usually sitting on the deck waiting for us to arrive...in the middle of the night as that's when the flights are scheduled. This time we met Tina and Mike and found them to be extremely hard working, convivial hosts, always willing to try and remedy any hiccups that occured. It was so nice to meet you at last.
Muri beach, a very short walk away, is just the most beautiful beach on the island. The warm water makes taking a dip extremely easy and snokelling around the rocks is always rewarded with plenty of sealife. Just be weary of the trigger fish in Nov when they are guarding their eggs...very aggressive if you come too close! This time we visited the Marine reserve opposite the Fruits of Rarotonga shop and were blown away by the amount of fish swimming around...well worth a visit.
Dining out is always enjoyable and there are plenty of choices within walking distance of your accommodation. If you hire a car we would recommend the Tamarind House and Trader Jacks for excellent quality food. We also went to Raviz (Indian Cuisine) in Avarua, where you can get a $15 buffet on Fri and Sat nights which was excellent value and great food.
If you want to cater for yourself, as long as you declare it when entering, you can take most of your food in with you. Milk is very expensive so take some UHT milk, packets of Raro fruit juice, crackers and toppings, cans and sauces, even bacon/cheese etc and stock up on the ridiculous cheap duty free alcohol at the airport when you arrive.
We will always recommend the Shell Bungalows to everyone we know heading over to Rarotonga and we hope to return again one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 2 fully self contained studio bungalows and 1 one-bedroom flat. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Muri Shell Bungalows Hotel Avarua
- Muri Shell Bungalows Rarotonga, Cook Islands