Since we needed to bridge the time between our arrival from Atiu and the departure for Auckland / New Zealand at 03:40 am, we stayed these 15 hours at the “Aquarius”, a brand new accommodation right across from the airport.
They have great rooms with ocean view, modern and perfectly clean dorms and a nice pool, but no beach to speak of, very little shade to hide from the sun and no kitchen-use. The pluses outweighed the minuses in our case because we only needed this place to crash for a few hours.
Once in Rarotonga, we rushed to an Internet café, since we could not find any reasonable connection on Aitutaki and absolutely nothing on Atiu … Yes, we got addicted to the web!
The evening we spent at the well-known Nu Restaurant & Bar across from the Aquarius, enjoying plenty of good food at a reasonable price and few glasses of wine going over our three weeks on the Cook Islands and planning the months to come.