Maiana Guesthouse and Beach Bungalows
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Maiana Guesthouse and Beach Bungalows

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#1 of 2 hostels in Titikaveka
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Kia orana and welcome to Maiana. Looking to have a excellent and peaceful rest, we offer a range of rooms that can catter for your needs. We are found amongest mango trees, colourful flowers, friendly neighbourhood, great beaches and even snorkeling. Cafe 1min walk Beach 40secs walkBus-stop at front gate Superstore 5mins drive
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Titikaveka Cook Islands
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Kevin W wrote a review Jun 2013
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The accommodation was great for the price. Absolute beachfront. My partner and I stayed at in the Maiana Beach Bungalow and loved it. If you are looking for somewhere a little more private but on a budget this is the place to be. swimming and snorkelling right out from the deck. Very friendly hosts. Being so close to the water some of the fittings are rusted but that just adds to the charm of the place. only a 20 min walk to a supermarket, but grab a scooter and its only 2 minutes ride.
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Date of stay: May 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LynHatton wrote a review Aug 2011
Victoria, Australia12 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked the Maiana Beach Bungalow for about 20 days, staying from the 9th August and due to a booking hiccup will be moving to another location after having spent 10 fantastic days in this ‘gem’ of a place. Thought we would make some comments even though we are only half way through our holiday.
We read the T.A. article prior to arriving, re the burglary and having travelled to many a country know that these things do happen in all destinations and we have our ways of trying to make sure our valuables are safe. A few days after we arrived the local newspaper had an article on the front page requesting people to come and claim stolen items that had be recovered, and that those involved where awaiting trial and sweating it out in jail. The police on the Island are aware the damage this type of event can do for tourism and l believe they put the hours in to solving the activities of a few ‘bad apples’. The bungalow we stayed in had locks etc on all doors, windows that could be secured, external lighting. I guess a valuables safe would be ‘money well spent on’ to assist in alleviating future guests concerns The guesthouse across the road offers to keep valuables securely for you and the owners were very concerned and upset re the events that had occurred to the previous guests.
Our host Ana was there to meet us at the airport and we stopped off at the local supermarket to grab some essentials before taking us to our beach bungalow.
Our bungalow was wonderful, literally on the beach. We could swim and snorkel a few metres from the bungalow. The main road passes the back of the bungalow, but there really is not much traffic and the noise was not an issue. The bungalow was a good size, the main area is an L shape , with the king bed, in one section, the lounge chairs, small TV and an kitchen area with a microwave, hot plates and a large refrigerator. It has a good size bathroom. The bungalow is serviced every couple of days and our hosts were just lovely and endeavoured to ensure our room was up to scratch. When guests arrived to stay in the adjoining bungalow we did notice that the sound does travel between bungalows.
The winning feature is the balcony, we felt like we were sitting over the water, and people strolling on the beach never noticed we were there, because of the bungalow is set amongst she oaks and coconut trees. The bungalow is about 50 metres from the Sea Change Villas, and the Saltwater café is across the road. The location could not be better. The Island bus stop is a just metres away from the bungalow. A book of 10 trips costs $25 or $4 one-way or $7 return
The Saltwater Café is only open for a few hours each day. It has one of the telecom wifi hot spots (you purchase a card from the supermarket or from the telecom shop in the main town.) We purchased a 250 MB wifi card for $50 but the cards are also available for $10, $20 etc). The hotspot at the Saltwater Café is only available when the café is open, and we could sit in the bus shelter across the road from the cafe and do our emails. The next closest hot spot is at Wigmores supermarket, just over a 2 km walk. The guesthouse across the road has a public phone available and the place has mobile coverage, but there is no phone data coverage on the Island.
The nearest restaurant for dinner is the Paw Paw patch. It’s about 2.5 km walk east. The buses only go one way after 4.30 pm, so we walked to the restaurant and got the bus home. The food was fabulous, good quality and beautifully presented. They had a good wine list with reasonable prices.
We hired a car for a few days mainly to assist in the transportation of beer ($55 a slab), wine ($20 a bottle), food (bit dearer here than in Oz) and to explore other snorkelling spots. We brought some fishing gear with us and to walk down to have a fish outside our bungalow was great fun. Gear is a bit limited to get on the Island and we brought some silver lures with us that did the job. There are lots of Leather Jackets around to play with, but fish within the lagoon have a parasite that make them unsafe to eat so catch and release is the way to go.
Maiana Beach Bungalows are a real treat, very reasonably priced and if you compare what you get for $100 a night here or $400, fifty metres up the beach, this place if defiantly value for money ++.
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Date of stay: August 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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antbernie wrote a review Aug 2010
Fairford, United Kingdom4 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I just stayed at Maiana for 11 days. I could not have had more of a perfect holiday. This was definately contributed to by the lovely hosts Manoa, Ina and their daughter Anna. I was made to feel at home from day one. The house was spotlessly clean, room airy and a good size, they were happy to answer any questions and keen to get to know their guests and share their stories about their family and life on the island. I would highly reccommend Maiana for groups, families or solo travellers. Its affordable and you won't be dissappointed.
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Date of stay: August 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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bayofplentyweddings wrote a review Jul 2011
Tauranga, New Zealand16 contributions19 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
It was sad that this accommodation was a delight, right on the beach and very clean, we met the owner when he picked us up, but the following day we were robbed of everything but our clothing and luckily our passports, but all our cash, our ipad, ipod, camera, cell phones...all gone, we had completely secured the place and even put a "dummy" in the bed but we believe we were watched as we were only away 50 minutes but they cut the fly screen and removed the louvre windows......the worse part was that the owners would not let us use the phone, saying we needed a phone card, so we had to make our way to the town at 9pm and report the crime, and then we never saw the owners again all week (think they may have been embarressed) it was just awful, no money, all our stuff gone, all our wedding photos....all taken but what hurt most was the lack of customer care, not even a "how are you?" "do you need anything" and then they wanted to charge us $30 to take us back to the airport having spent the week on fresh air...a banannas!
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Date of stay: June 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tavuk wrote a review Sept 2011
Brightwater, New Zealand92 contributions61 helpful votes
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
This place also goes by the name of Titikaveka Absolute Beach Bungalows: Beach House bookable through Go Cook Islands, so beware...
We stayed here for 10 days at the end of August 2011 paying $170 per night, so not budget accommodation. However the first thing we had to do on the evening we arrived was wash all the glasses, crockery and cutlery as it was dirty/greasy. In the morning I cleaned the microwave and the cutlery drawers that smelt like sweaty socks! (probably parmesan cheese leftovers) and tried to kill the ants that were crawling all over the fridge/freezer. The Ghekos that were living in the property and came out every night obviously weren't doing their job right. The whole place needed a really good clean, light switches, sockets curtains and wardrobe rail all dirty. The bedside light lamp bulb was not working and when I put a new one in it started flickering and crackling which I thought may be a loose wire . Then I plugged my hairdryer into the socket in the kitchen a couple of nights later and the bedside light started flicking on and off and after a short while my hairdryer made a funny noise and stopped with the smell of melting plastic coming from it. We told the owner Anna who agreed to get an electrician the following day and then told us that there was nothing wrong with the electrics it was my hairdryer! We then saw that they had jammed the plug of the bedside lamp into the socket, obvioulsy problem solved! The info states that it has a full kitchen, which it doesn't, amongst other things, the TV is just watchable and the radio doesn't work. The wire leading to the microwave had been melted in two places and the hotplate was falling apart and dirty. The location on the water front is great and linen was changed regularly and always clean. The closest shop, Wigmores is 25 minute walk and so is the nearest restaurant for the evening. The Saltwater cafe is only open 9am-2.30pm closed Friday and Saturday and the bakers only sell wholesale now, not to the public so you really need a scooter or bicycles with lights for the evenings. This was suposed to be a dream holiday, but along with the poor choice of accommodation, we had other things that happened and in the end it was sooooo very disappointing we will not return or recommend to anyone else. Just down the road are some lovely beach front bungalows for $10 a night extra Bella Beach Bungalows and you get sunbeds, hammocks BBQ and a dry sandy beach to walk straight out onto from your deck and they looked spotlessly clean and so well furnished with a proper kitchen area etc. I wish we had seen these as we would definately have gone there.
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Date of stay: August 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bpmcon wrote a review Aug 2011
Levin, New Zealand1 contribution2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We've stayed there on a number of occasions, and always felt most welcome. A great location, and a casual friendly atmosphere.
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Date of stay: July 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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JanDamm wrote a review Aug 2011
Alheim21 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place has a great location on the south coast, right beside pretty Saltwater Cafe and on one of the best snorkelling spots on the island. The rooms in the guesthouse are fairly basic, but great value for money at absolute budget prices, and there's free fruit as well, fresh from the owner's plantation. What makes the place special though is the personal atmosphere and the lovely owners. My flight was three hours late, still Anna picked me up at the airport at 4 am! They really endeavor to help you experience island life from the inside, happy to take you to church on a Sunday, or even to a family outing as it happened in my case. Good place to meet fellow travellers, too, and cosy outside areas if you just want to waste part of your day away. You'll be hard put finding anything else that good at their prices on Rarotonga!
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Date of stay: June 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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sunshine_seeker15 wrote a review Aug 2011
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My fiancee and me went to the Cook Islands, and wanted to stay on both sides....chose to stay at Maiana first, because they offered free airport pickup! And..we ended up staying there for the full 10 days, because it was so awesome! The family quickly introduced us to local culture, and they showed us around, even invited us to come along for the church service and the family meal afterwards! Everyone was so nice, and keen to make our stay comfortable.... we hung out at the "private" beach a lot, and went hiking, and with tips from Ana, our host, we had such an awesome time....at first we thought what can you do for 10 days on an island that's 32 km circumference....but it turned out we didn't have enough time because there was so much to do! Ana offers local dance classes, Ina can teach you local weaving, and Mano makes the most awesome fresh juice on the Island! Ana also rents out Kayaks, which is awesome because the beach is right there....and they provide you with fresh fruit of the season for FREE....such an awesome gesture! I saw the other places charge a lot for "Fruit Basket on arrival". The resident cat is the best....extremely chilled out and always happy to play! The best thing for us was the location...not far from a shop (Wigmore's), but not in the main tourist centre - which was great for us, we had the beach to ourselves and no tourist hordes annoying us with burgers in their hand! This place is great to relax and learn about the locals....we went snorkelling along the beach, there's so much to see, next time we'll be diving!! Thank you so much for your hospitality and the awesome family meal....time spent was wonderful and we'll be back to finish what we started ! :)
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Date of stay: June 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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maybecrazy wrote a review Jul 2010
New Zealand2 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the guesthouse, it was very quiet and clean. The hosts are very friendly. They picked fruit off their trees for us and were very willing to help with any information we needed. Far better place to stay than Rarotonga backpackers, though they are the same price. I highly recommend staying here if you're on a budget.
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Date of stay: July 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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biukums wrote a review Sept 2009
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent a week in one of the two bungalows and loved it! The bungalows are located right on the beach, so you can go for a quick snorkel, then enjoy a meal on your own private balcony overlooking the water, then have a bonfire on the beach! There's a nice little kitchen (no oven though), a spacious bathroom with hot water, a single room with comfy bed and chairs, TV, stereo, wardrobe, telephone, etc. The place was very charming, clean and quiet, and the owners were extremely nice and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable -- they even provided us with a basket of fresh fruit! I didn't spend much time at the guesthouse; it was a more basic accommodation with solar heated showers, plain rooms, shared kitchen and lounge area, etc. However, the bungalows were a fantastic value for the price, probably a lot nicer than any room at the Rarotongan or any other overpriced resort... I definitely recommend this place! (Note that you're expected to pay for your entire stay in cash within a couple days after your arrival.)
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Date of stay: September 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Anna L wrote a tip Oct 2015
Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"For a solo trip go bungalow, family trip book the whole bungalow or the guesthouse , have the place to yourself. Great tropical place"
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