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“Island life is grand”

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Backpackers International
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Island life is grand”
Reviewed April 17, 2011

Basic hostel, but for $19 a night I am not going to be expecting more.
Fresh bananas and Papaya every morning. Bill and Anna are great hosts with lots of advice on the activities of the island.
Close to the beach. Excellent book selection, perfect for the rainy days
What more could you ask for when in Rarotonga?

Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

If you want to experience the real Rarotongan life; go to Backpackers International!! It´s not one of those boring standard hostel everyone knows. It´s something special.
So if your open for a new backpacker´s experience, come and visit the lovely local family that runs the hostel!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 9, 2009

I dont no what to say about this hostel, it was cheap and clean and very basic.really near the beach and the bus stop. the toilets and showers werent gr8 and the cockeral woke u up at 5 every morning. i think this could be a gr8 hostel if it was ran better. the dvd nites were good tho. the kettel took 15mis to boil. if your a backpacker on a budget i (which i was) i supose it was fine but i wouldnt stay here again i dont think. we left and were to a hotel with a dorm room that was down the road. the owner gave is a discount because we had a really noise room which was nice i supose.
ok but not gr8.

  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

The hostel is very basic, but comfortable. It is also very cheap. The dorms only have 3 beds in them, there is a TV lounge with a dvd player and the kitchen is large, but there are only 6 gas hobs, and it can get busy - especially if there is a meal organised. The owners organise "international nights" where everyone cooks a dish and its all shared - which is a great way to meet the others at the hostel. The beach is at the end of the road next to a grocery,cycle/kayak/snorkel hire, video rental, fast food shop. The groceries are not cheap here so it is worth doing a shop at the supermarket in Avarua. The best snorkelling on the island is 5mins walk away near the Dive Centre at Aro'a beach.

The bad points are the roosters and dogs which are a natural alarm clock. The showers are solar heated so there is only lukewarm water in the morning, but it is perfect when you get back from the beach in the afternoon.

Overall it is a fantastic budget place to stay - I would stay there again. The owners are friendly and do what they can to help guests welcome.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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Property: Backpackers International
Address: PO Box 878, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
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Number of rooms: 23
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