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# 257447 3-Oct-2019 17:05
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I'm looking at going to Raro next week and was wondering what kinds of activities and accommodation are usually decent, but not insanely expensive (club raro and Edgewater have been recommended to me)?




I'd be going by myself, so was told that Club Raro may be better from a social aspect as it's got a Swim up bar, and is somewhat closer to the main town, so would make getting around a little easier.


Ideally I want to do the ATV riding, Snorkelling, maybe diving... but open to other activities, just not sure what's good there having never been! 




I've heard that the good time to go to Raro is from June - Oct... so I know I'm pushing it a little in terms of having good weather the whole trip.

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  # 2329123 3-Oct-2019 17:05
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  # 2329204 3-Oct-2019 19:06
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Having only been there once with the family a couple of years ago I would recommend staying somewhere at Muri Beach.
We stayed right on the beach in a friends house.


It seemed to be the nicest beach and has the best lagoon area for swimming, snorkling, kayaking etc. and there's kite surfing there and Captain Tama's cruises.


Then there's also the Muri Beach night markets on Sunday, Tuesday,  Wednesday & Thursday from 5PM.
Get there early as food sells out fast. :)


Getting around the island is easy by bus, or hire a scooter.


Edit: Almost forgot the most important one! Go do the Matutu Brewery tour and buy some beer. :)


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  # 2329229 3-Oct-2019 19:41
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Captain Tama's, and if it's in your budget definitely take the day trip at least to Aitutaki and One Foot Island...paradise!  

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  # 2329415 4-Oct-2019 08:33
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Sea Scooters, place on Muri that organises tours. They do basic lagoon shallow ones, but also one that goes out to the reef channel to see turtles, or even out to the ship wreck outside main town.


We did the turtle one and saw 8 or so turtles and big manta ray school, was one of the best things we did (apart from flying to Aitutaki and doing the lagoon cruise there, expensive).




Accommodation, we usually stay at a bookabach and hire a scooter if we want to go out and eat. Plus you can buy food from supermarket and cook yourself if you want.




Also, for snorkelling, I found southwest corner of the island was the best at Aro'a Beach, followed by south east Fruits of Rarotonga. Muri is good for number of resorts/food options, but find the water there to be the worst. Always had algae problems because of sewage runoff.

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  # 2329427 4-Oct-2019 09:07
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Next time I go I'll be staying somewhere on the ocean side of the road. You'll always hear roosters crowing constantly wherever you are, but if you can avoid having one a metre away from your head outside your bedroom window at 3am you'll sleep better.

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