FAQs

The answers to your questions
Do I need to bring linen and towels?

No, our bungalows are fully equipped with linen, towels and beach towels for our guests convenience.

Do we need to bring any food?

Not unless you would like to!  Upon arrival your bungalow will be set up to get started with a starter pack of milk, water, juice, bread, cereal, fruit, tea and coffee as well as oil, salt and pepper.  There are two good supermarkets on the island as well as a butcher and a fresh fish shop that we can highly recommend. 

Is there a hair dryer?

There is a hair dryer, iron and ironing board for your convenience.

What do I need to pack?

Less is best as dinning out is casual and beach wear is the norm.  Although the dress code is informal in Rarotonga, it is not appropriate to wear brief attire. Nude or topless sunbathing will cause offence and is best avoided both outside of your bungalow and on the beach.

Are there many mosquitoes?

This is largely dependent on the weather - there are mosquito coils in the bungalows for your convenience and insect screens on all windows for guests comfort.

Is the tap water safe to drink?

We recommend that guests drink bottled water as Rarotonga's water supply is gathered at several water intakes on the island but in times of heavy rain is not suitable to drink, however is fine for any other purpose.

What creepy crawlies should we be on the look out for?

The good news is there are no snakes but centipedes can give a mean bite however you will probably never see one during your stay.  Sand mounds can denote red ant nests which can also give a bite like stings.  You can sometimes spot a gecko (small lizard) but as like every other small creature on the island, they are more scared of you and do not bite and are not poisonous.

Can I feed the birds and animals at Vaikoi?

We strongly request that you don't share your excess food with the chickens or birdlife - roosters are Rarotonga's natural alarm clocks and wake very early!  Food left outside can also attract ants very quickly.

Can I help myself to coconuts?

Please do not help yourself as the coconuts as they need to mature however Mata will be only too happy to find a drinking coconut (Nu) for you on request.  You are welcome to enjoy the mangos, starfruit and bananas when they are in season.

Clean, green and sustainable

Vaikoi strives to be environmentally friendly - please be our ally by recycling glass, paper, cardboard, plastic and cans in the appropriate bins on site at the rear of the property.  The bins located outside the bungalow are for food scrapes and anything that cannot be recycled - all rubbish should be bagged prior to putting in the bin.

What are the average tmperatures and seasons?

Rarotonga has a great temperature all year round as seasonal variations are slight, with temperatures ranging between 18°C and 28°C in the winter months (May to October) and 21°C and 29°C during the summer (November to April).

June to August are the cooler months, while November to March marks the warmer season, with occasional tropical showers expected. The drier months from April to November have an average temperature of about 26°C, while the warmer, more humid and damp season runs from December to March.

How far is it to the closest shop?

Wigmores is a well stocked mini supermarket located 1.5 kms distance from Vaikoi.

How far is the closest restaurant?

There are two restaurants at the Rarotongan Resort & Spa and Sanctuary a short 5 minute walk from Vaikoi.  Vaima Restaurant, a well known favourite on the island, is 1.5km from Vaikoi and offers a courtesy pick-up for guests. 

How far away is the beach?

The beach is less than 2 minutes walk down the drive from Vaikoi.  Aro'a beach is one of the best swimming and snorkeling beaches on the island.

How can I get around?

There several options - walk, bus, scooter or car.  The bus goes past the end of the road every half hour.   Island Bike & Car Hire and Budget Rentals both have scooters and cars at competitive rates available for hire.

How do I get to Vaikoi?

Vaikoi can arrange transfers on your behalf transfers to and from the airport.  Raro Tours are our preferred operator, their charge is $25 per person each way which includes transfer, bottle of water and flower lei on welcome.

Is there wifi available?

Telecom Wifi is available in all our bungalows, at speeds equiviliant to ADSL broadband - it can be purchased in data blocks via credit card for use at our guests convenience.

Are the bathrooms well lit?

Yes, they all have natural lighting and large mirrors and are spacious.

Who will service my bungalow?

To enable us to offer high value, quality accommodation and to meet our guests preference for peace and privacy, the bungalows are self catering with everything provided  to feel like "your home away from home", we therefore ask you when you leave the bungalow to return it to the exceptionally tidy state it was when you arrived, however you can request a cleaning service and walk away without breaking a sweat!

Can I entertain whilst staying at Vaikoi?

Yes, we welcome family and friends to visit you at Vaikoi however if you are entertaining in the evening, please be respectful of other guests or invite them to your party!