Beach house overlooking lagoon

House - Entire home/apt · Ara Tapu, Vaimaanga, Cook Islands

The Space

A cozy house on a sandy quiet beach, overlooking a postcard like turquoise lagoon, one of the most beautiful spots in Rarotonga. Sparkling clean water filled with small tropical fish and some blue starfish are easy to spot too.

The house is a private property but is available for rent each year for a few months when we are away. House has all the modern facilities, everything you may need if you want to try local specialities and exotic fruits, juicers, blenders and mixers, hammock on the deck, which you can also take to the beach (there is a perfect iron wood tree branch to hang it on right next to the house), massage table, optionally 2 bikes (extra)

There is one bedroom available with big king size high (double) mattress and cosy lighting, big lounge with wooden table for 4, comfy leather sofa, small open plan kitchen with 4 windows and big sliding 4 segment door to the deck.


There is big high table on the deck with two stools but you can also take the table from inside to the deck. You can enjoy your breakfast or dinners by the water's edge - great sunsets over the lagoon and you can see the sunrise from your bedroom window. Half of the deck outside the bedroom has glass windows so you can lounge there even if you happen to have a bad weather day.

one of the best on Raro - clean, quiet, beautiful spot for snorkeling and swimming with crystal clear turquoise water.
There is a wooden table with benches so each morning you can have your breakfast with sand under your feet and each night you can sit right in front of your house, listen to the surf and watch the stars. You can often see a lazy starfish and school of little fish right from your bedroom window. If you go further into the water, up to your chest, you have a a view of majestic mountains covered with lush tropical forest.

The building itself is simple, not very fancy, this is why the price is low for what the house has to offer in terms of nice inside and stunning view and location. The house is raised up on high stilts.

As you walk onto the property it's not impressive but once you get up the steps and open the gate to the deck you have the most fantastic view you can imagine. There are mountains behind you and a sparkling turquoise lagoon with the ocean beyond in front of you, fine, soft sand of the beach fringed with swaying coconut trees and most of the time no one else, just one quiet house, very few people passing by on their walks, otherwise just you and breathtaking nature.

If you value privacy and a pristine beach the water here is exceptionally clean, there is one house next to us but not too close, we basically don't see the neighbors as their entrance is on the far side of their house and there is a driveway and some palm trees between our houses. There is a huge empty section with lash green manicured grass opposite our house,seen from the kitchen windows, behind it there is a view of majestic mountains. There are also two empty sections on one side of the house. A walk away there is a nice resort with a restaurant but the visitors usually stay in front of the resort on the beach chairs and rarely wander this way
The house has mosquito nets in all the windows. There are big sliding doors and high windows along the whole beach side of the house opening onto the roofed deck so the house is bright but not hot. There are also 4 windows on the other sides in the main room and another one in the bedroom allowing the breeze to go through. basically when it's hot you can always find a window to get some air in weather it's a sea breeze or cooler mountain air. This is something very important on the island, and we love the natural breeze instead of the air drying aircon.

There are tiles on the floor to keep the house cool and having it raised up means there are no CRAWLY VISITORS - no centipedes or other uninvited crawling guests here ever, very few mosquitos (only at certain part of the day and when it's really hot and still) so you can enjoy time on the deck and on the beach without need to use mosquito sprays
There is a bus a few meters away. You can walk to the best, third biggest supermarket on the island where you can get good deals on local vegies and fruit and where you can find some local specialities - apart from having all main brands they sell bread from local bakery and dishes cooked by the people from the village. You can get here ika mata - coconut fish, freshly squeezed coconut cream, locally baked cakes, plates of delicious local food. A trade mark of the shop is its icecream - big island scoops. get one and use the wifi sitting at the tables in front of the shop.

Next to the supermarket there is a Take away and a small cafe -very good value for money.

A good restaurant Vaima serves Parrot fish, a must try here. You can walk to Vaima either on the road, a bit past the supermarket, about 10 minutes walk, or stroll there along the beach. you can dine at the tables on the beach, sand between your toes.

For rent only to very reliable respectful and cultured people with reference. We entrust you with all our earthly possessions so we would like to be sure you are going to take good care of them and respect our little slice of paradise.

To replace even simple things here is often very difficult and stuff is expensive. A lot of our stuff came from New Zealand at high shipping costs, like our beloved sofa or bean bags.

So if you use an outdoor sofa, bean bags or wooden table on the beach and there is going to be high tide, please remember to pull these things back up.

We hope you will enjoy your holidays here and will do our best to help you with all your arrangements and advise.

It is always really rewarding to hear back or find letters from our gusts praising the place and telling us how they enjoyed it here. With some we remained friends. So far we only had good experiences and hope it will stay like this.

Guest Access

free snorkelling masks, beach table, babu cot. massage table, juicer, blender, beach mats and towels

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 7 nights
Weekly Price: $839 /week
Monthly Price: $3102 /month
Security Deposit: $142
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 1:00 PM
Cancellation: Strict
  • Thanks Ev and Marcus - your little slice of paradise was fabulous. A great location, and there was everything we really needed for our stay.. Being able to watch movies using our own USB was an added bonus in the evenings. Thanks!

    August 2013
  • A great situation so close to the beach and public transport. Ev and Marcus were very friendly and helpful. Main problem was the bed was only a mattress on the floor so for older visitors like us a problem getting in and out.
    A selection of books was appreciated but a radio or access to other entertainment would also have been appreciated.

    August 2013
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I am Polish, my husband is German. He has been working and living here for the last 10 years. I lived in Australia and new Zealand and two years ago came to Rarotonga on my way from Tahiti to New Zealand. it was supposed to be just a short stop over but I have been living here now for over 2 years. 2 months after I came we were engaged, soon after married and last year gave birth here to a little baby girl. We love the island, the lifestyle, culture and the attitude people have and it is the best place to bring up a happy heathy child. people here love babies and babies are just part of their life, they do not turn their lives upside down because a new person arrived, becoming a parent is the most natural thing. Someone told me here that in Cook islands a house without children is like garden without flowers. We both travelled a lot and our wee one, just a 6 months old now travelled around the world. She has been twice to New Zealand, Thailand, around Europe, Stop over in LA and is a great little traveller, loved meeting people and seeing new things. We are happy, easy going and respectful. We love our little place. We go to Europe for a couple of months each year and would like to have people staying in our place. We hope that we can become friends with our visitors and so we will make all the effort to make their stay here comfortable and great as we would love to have them come back if they turn out to be respectful and responsible guest. Enjoy our amazing little slice of paradise Like almost everyone else we upload our videos on *tub* and so if you search for EvaEvaroa beach house you will see a 180 degree video shot from our deck
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