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Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas
Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas, Aitutaki

Aitutaki Accommodations

US$50-100

On the beach in Arutanga is Rino's Beach Bungalows with four hotplate-equipped units in a two-story roadside block. The four beachfront duplex apartments are complete with fridge, stove, and terrace.

Junior Maoate's Paradise Cove Lodge is at Anaunga, between the airstrip and the Pacific Resort Aitutaki. Spacious grounds lead down to a white sand beach with excellent snorkeling just offshore. The six tightly-packed beach bungalows have balconies and private bath (hot water!).

Ranginui's Retreat, on Ootu Beach near the Samade on the Beach, has four self-catering duplex rooms (no hot water). Children under 12 are free. It rents mini-cars and scooters. Return airport transfers are included. The location right next to the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort is great.

In late 2002 Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas opened between Ranginui's Retreat and the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort with 10 self-catering units. There's a restaurant and bar.

Gina's Garden Lodges, between Arutanga and Tautu (just before Kingdom Hall), has four self-catering bungalows with lofts in a quiet garden setting. Two radio antennas are available for amateur ham operators. The inland location near Tautu is inconvenient to both Arutanga and the beach. Gina's is run by Queen Manarangi Tutai, one of the ariki of the island. She owns a beach house on lovely Akaiami Island which she rents.

In 1995 the Maina Sunset Motel opened in Nikaupara district, a 20-minute walk south of Arutanga. The 12 units are arranged in a U-shape around a freshwater swimming pool that faces an ugly boat passage dug out of the shallow lagoon (no beach). Eight rooms are without cooking while four have cooking. It's peaceful as you don't get a lot of traffic noise down here. Scooter hire and airport transfers are offered.

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