Cook Islands

When was the rating made?
We were in the Cook Islands February 1-10, 2007

Where did we go?


Rarotonga (main island)


  • Rarotonga Backpackers (Hillside location) – clean, inconvenient location. 2 stars.
  • Aquarius Rarotonga Hotel – Across from airport. Very convenient for early morning flights. Decent restaurant. Looks modern, but was a little unclean. 1.5 stars.

Aitutaki (short flight, much quieter island)


  • Rino’s Beach Bungalows – 1970s decor. Clean, very helpful owner (Rino). Location was central and there were a few stores within walking distance. Beach was very quiet and gorgeous. Stayed in room 1. 3 stars.


  • Puffy’s – good fish and chips. 3 stars.
  • Spider’s Cafe (not the internet cafe) – Good burgers, weird location. 2 stars.
  • Pacific Resort – high-end restaurant, high prices. Gorgeous location. 3 stars.
  • Turkeynose Lists – Cook Islands Reviews and Recommendations
  • Te Vaka – upscale lunch in a pretty garden. 3 stars for lunch, 2 stars for dinner.
  • Alone’s takeaway – Across the street from Rino’s. Good fish and chips with lime. 2 stars.
  • Kiku’s takeaway – Across the street from Rino’s. Just opened when we were there.


  • Aitutaki Adventures – recommended lagoon tour (lagoon tours are the main activity on Aitutaki) and this is owned by Pun and his wife. Good lunch. 3 stars.
  • Go to Island night – Samade’s has a good one – part of the thing to do when you visit Aitutaki. 2.5 stars.

Favorite local fare – Paw paw salad (papaya) with mayo, curry powder and lemon juice. Ika Mata – marinated fish in lime juice, coconut milk, tomatos, green peppers, onions, salt.

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