Cook Island style bungalows on white sand beach
White sand beaches on turquoise lagoon on east side of Rarotonga staying in one of five spacious bungalows built Cook Island style - private and peaceful about half way around the full circuit road. Snorkelling & kayaking gear and warm, friendly staff on-site for 1/2 day then it's all yours! Self catering with good kitchen facilities, clean rooms A/C in bedroom (not needed) & ceiling fans. Good design for breeze - large deck & outside seating area for each bungalow. Bed is pretty firm - foam mattress on solid base so if you like your bed all soft & downy you may find this hard on your back. It was easy to access markets, fruit stalls and small grocery store nearby, or leisurely bus ride into town for other shopping to stock up fridge with lunch/dinner stuff if you want to save some money - eating out is (relatively) expensive & likely to cost more than a meal in Chapel Street Melbourne! Don't waste money on organised tours - hire a car, bike or scooter for a few days & go exploring yourself. A day trip to Aitutaki via Air Rarotonga was a highlight as were the Cook Islanders themselves. Take note - Air New Zealand feel compelled to deny you meals or movies unless you 'upgrade' your fare to include these (apparently) optional 'extras' @ NZD$40 each ! You get a prompt about this if you check in online, but not if you check in at the airport on your return leg,so make sure you organise this in advance as in-flight food options expensive & limited.