Pacific Islands & Papua New Guinea

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Relaxing beach in Thailand or the South Pacific?

Hi,
I spent a few weeks in Koh Samui way back in 1981 when it was still quiet and pristine and am searching for a similar experience 30+ years later, if it is still possible! I've never been to the South Pacific and am wondering if there are more remote islands without clusters of expensive over-the-water honeymoon bungalows, rows of beach umbrellas, tourist shops and cars. If there are, how do they compare to more remote islands in Thailand?

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Cook Islands in December?

Hi,

I might spend some time in NZ in December but would like to combine the trip with some Pacific Island.
I have been to Samoa, Tonga and Fidji - thus was thinking of the Cooks just to relax, maybe Vanuatu.
However that's not the best time of the year to go there.
How bad is it really?
Thanks!

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Cook Islands - A few questions!

Hi,

We are off to Raro and Aitutaki for our honeymoon in a months time (very excited), I keep seeing idyllic pictures of people Paddle Boarding I think off Muri and in Aitutaki, does anyone know of the paddle boards are easy to hire? I assume they are hired from the big posh hotels, but we aren't staying in one of them, can a non resident hire them?

Can anyone recommend nice places to eat on both islands? We will eat pretty much any cuisine, mid range budget.

Finally, do you need to wear…

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food recomandation on rarotonga?

is there anyone with a local recomandation for some great local food on the westside of rarotonga?

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Planning first time going to Cook Islands

Planning on going with my wife and daughter (7 year old) to Cook Islands. Would prefer an island with a hut on the beach, clean water in front (no rocks), and preferably a lagoon where water depth isn't too deep for a far way out.

Do they have breakfast included or breakfast and dinner? Or would you recommend eating out? Is it expensive?

Are there mosquitos on the island?

Would prefer a resort/room with internet - do most have this option?

Also, what is the weather like in August?

What…

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mobile telephones in Cooks

Hello. I'm looking for advice on mobile phones in Raro and Aitu. How hard is it to get a prepaid SIM card in Raro for my mobile? How's the coverage in Aitu? Thanks.

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Best places

looking for beachfront, privacy and close to town

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Permanent Accomadation/Job

Kia Orana,

I will be moving to Rarotonga at the end of this month and I am looking for long term accommodation. I have family in Titikaveka, Tupapa and other places around the Island however I am more of an independent. Can anyone recommend a good affordable place for me to rent while living in Raro?

It will just be myself, I do not mind where in Raro just as long as it is accessible to the market, diary and other people.

I am also looking at jobs and I have been looking on the Cook Island…

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Cook Islands Family Trip (July 2015)

Hi Everyone,

Some advice from you …don't hold back.
Planning to travel to Cook Islands for 3 weeks in July 2015 with family (wife, 3 kids ages 10, 13 and 16).
Will arrive in Rarotonga from NYC via NZ.

Received a package which seems nice of visiting Rarotonga, Aitutaki, atiu, make, Mitiaro and then back to Rarotonga.

I will spend 3 nights in Atiu at Atiu Villas
4 nights in Aitutaku at Tamanu Beach resort
4 nights in Mauke at Ri's Retreat
3 nights in Mitiaro at Nukuroa Beach bungalows
5 nights…

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Weddingin Rarotonga

Hello there;

We are going to Raro for a wedding next week and we have a couple of questions.
1) Is it easier, cheaper, to buy alcohol duty free or in Rarotonga. How many liters can we take into the
country??
2) Is it possible to ride a scooter with our Australian bike license??
3) Are there taxis available late at night to take us back to our accommodation after the reception?
4) What is the weather like this time of the year. Actually first week in July?

Thanks for your help