Frequently Asked Questions
The beach is a beautiful sandy beach, however Arorangi area has a lot of loose coral in the lagoon and we are forbidden by law to move it with machinery. We have however, cleared a small swimming/ cooling off spot by hand directly in front of Vaiakura Holiday Homes and we ask our guests, while you’re having a dip, to throw a few stones/coral to help keep the spot going. There’s a great swimming snorkelling spot about 80 metres along the beach or hop on a scooter and ride around the island to stop at the many great swimming and snorkelling areas.
We don’t do airport transfers ourselves but have a couple of great guys who do the airport transfers for us. You’ll receive a warm Rarotongan greeting at the airport with a fresh flower ei (flower garland). The cost is $20 per adult each way and $10 per child each way.
Bring reef shoes or similar for kayaking or venturing out towards the reef. Dress code on the island is smart casual and jandals/sandals are acceptable footwear for most occasions. Bring an extra sweatshirt/jacket/cardigan for winter evenings where it can get a little cooler. Rarotonga has a good selection of meat, chicken and wonderful fresh fish. You can buy most things that you could buy at home but maybe not the variety. If you have particular favourites of dips, cheeses and crackers etc bring these with you as choices are limited.
Check-in is from 2pm so if you wish to check-in when you arrive late at night you will need to book the night you arrive so you can check-in immediately from the airport.
Check-in is from 2pm and check-out is 10am.
Airport transfers will pick you up at 10am and take you and your luggage to the airport. There are lockers at the airport that you can hire to store your luggage and then you are free to catch a bus, walk into town, or do a tour on your last day. Should you wish to enjoy your last day and evening at Vaiakura you will need to book the extra night. This option is recommended as it will give you another whole day/evening to enjoy Rarotonga and not need to pack and move first thing in the morning. Although the night flights are usually cheaper the extra accommodation cost usually outweighs this. If you have hired a car you can simply pack and go and enjoy your last day in Rarotonga with your luggage in tow.