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Captain Cook Hotel
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Reviewed August 31, 2008

We stayed at the Capatin Cook in May 2007. What an experience!
Third world Island, incredibly poor smiling people who enjoyed Aussie beer too much - wiped out Friday and Saturday by spending all their wages
The hotel is an old base used in the 60's and has not been changed at all. The rooms are very sad and run down. Food was very acceptable considering the poor state of the Island - lobster, sashimi, tuna and as a special treat corned beef.
Unless you are fishing or diving DO NOT GO. Unbearable humudity and heat, red crabs everywhere, very bitey flies and mosquitos, pants and shoes stolen
We loved it - the people the real-ness, the incredible roar of the reef 10 yards from our bungalow, the guys from the US on contract who kept us sane next door, the children at the school who had us in stitches.
But is was not a holiday - it was an experience, but I was a very happy person to get on the once a week flight back to HNL and LHR.
I see they have now cancelled the only flight in so that may be the end of that chance to visit

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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22  Thank marypa
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Reviewed March 25, 2008

My trip to Kiritimati was the trip of a lifetime. Getting an opportunity to vist this island and spend some time with the islanders was an absolute treat. However, if you don't fish or dive be prepared to entertain yourself.

The Captain Cook Hotel, under new management, was quaint and charming. Although the hotel buildings themselves might not be four star, they were clean and functional. The food was good and plentiful, including lobster, tuna, tacos, chicken, and steak. Ice cream was served every night and the the beer was cold. The staff was warm, welcoming, friendly, and helpful. We were entertained 3 nights during the week I was there.

Get a bungalow and consider yourself blessed to have a chance to visit the island.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled solo
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13  Thank BonefishBoy
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Reviewed December 9, 2007

First discovered by Captain Cook on Christmas Eve,Named Kiritimati Island by the locals. This is the largest coral atoll on this planet. Untill 1950 was uninhabited except for millions of turns and other varieties of birds who nest among the many salt lagoons. These numbers have been lessoned by the locals taste for their eggs. Although some areas are now reserves the feasting goes on. The locals are very friendly but it becomes only to obvious that they do not come from the island. They are not indigenous , brought here by the British to help with the meanial tasks while Atomic bombs were deployed some distance away.It is a strange feeling. Hard to describe. All land is owned by the Kiribati Government therefore there is no permanence. Just move onto a piece of land and crop any of the coconut palms. The people are very poor,
I managed to find a photo of this hotel on the net after a very long search. I was sort of prepared. Nothing has changed except someone had found a pot of horrible blue paint and used it before I arrived. Be prepared for nothing to do. I ran out of books. No tele or radio. No complaints there. It is unadvisible to attempt to swim in the sea. The reef starts at the sand edge and goes a short distance to leathal currents and mostly waves. One hour walk inland is the lagoons. Milky blue in colour and visibility zero. A Choice? Rooms are spartan. Although mine had a bar fridge which was "quiet" and kept the beer and bottled water cold. The shower water salty so no lather for shampooing.
Food. Now on the aeroplane back to Fiji I used my bun to wipe up the gravy, yum. The best meal I had for a week. Yes you have it, the food was horrible. I had noddles in a cup more than once after seeing the dinner offerings. Town, London, is a shambles of tin sheds. Restaurants or other places to aquire sustanence? forget it.
American and Japanese go here to flyfish for the inedible bonefish. Full of bones. The difference between trout and that fish? I know my choice., There is one flight a week, you wave goodbye to it.You are EXILED for SEVEN DAYS. I have now ticked this place off my list.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled solo
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20  Thank Waikatosflyingkiwi
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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2016
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  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled solo
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