*HAM RENTAL* Kii Kii Inn, Cook Islands

Situated on Rarotonga (OC-013),  the capital and most populous island of the Cook Islands, the Kii Kii Inn & Suites is proven ham friendly accommodation and the ideal DXstination for any DA-RC team venturing to this far flung Pacific island DXCC.

island_hula_dancer-animated-gifIt’s also the ideal pit-stop for DXpedition teams travelling between the Northern Cook Islands (249 division) and the South Cook Islands (250 division) or any one of the numerous sand and coral cays in the surrounding lagoons such as Motutapu, Oneroa, Koromiri and Taakoka.

Less than 5km from downtown Avarua in the village of Tupapa and a 24 hour convenience store, and built only metres from a world class surfing beach, Kii Kii Inn & Suites offers simple accommodation for ham adventurers in a relaxed and comfortable setting.

Reconnaissance missions by previous DXpedition teams indicate that there’s ample space here for a large antenna array and short feedline distance to lodgings that look down onto palm-studded white sandy beaches which fringe most of the island.


The Bungalows are situated on the western side of the island in the district of Arorangi.

These are right on the beach in Aroa and offer the most amazing sunsets over the lagoon.

Pictured right, in fact, are antennas set up on the sand with feedline run from the bungalows.

There are many different types of rooms available

Facilities include washing machines, lounge equipped with books, TVs, kitchen facilities including a toaster and electric kettle, shower, kitchen table, lounges and outdoor balcony furniture.


Rarotonga Island is surrounded by a lagoon, which often extends more than a hundred metres to the reef, then slopes steeply to deep water.  The reef fronts the shore to the north of the island, making the lagoon there unsuitable for swimming and watersports, but to the south east, particularly around Muri, the lagoon is at its widest and deepest.

hawaii-island-clip-art-40This part of the island is the most popular with tourists for swimming, snorkelling and boating.

Other attractions include Takitumu Conservation Area, Te Rua Manga (a prominent needle-shaped rock), Raemaru (flat-top mountain), Wigmore Falls (Papua Falls) and the ancient marae, Arai te Tonga.

Popular island activities include snorkelling, scuba diving, bike riding, horseback riding, hiking, deep-sea fishing, boat tours, scenic flights, restaurants, dancing, island shows, squash, tennis, zipping around on mopeds, and sleeping on the beach.

More Infos…

  • Price:  $105—$185 depending on room.  KiiKii’s has a price range that can accommodate budget travelers, but it also offers deluxe waterfront rooms from which you can watch whales breach during winter and outrigger paddling teams racing through the water throughout the year.
  • Equipment:  Bring your own
  • Manager:  Pauline Napa
  • Phone: (682) 21937
  • Fax: (682) 22937
  • Email: relax@kiikiimotel.co.ck
  • Website:  http://thekiikiimotel.weebly.com/

Getting There

air-raro-aerial-shot-aitutakiRarotonga International Airport is the international airport of the Cook Islands with Air Rarotonga operating inter-island flights: daily flights to Aitutaki, regular flights to Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke and Mitiaro, and occasional flights to the remote Northern Atolls of Manihiki, Tongareva (Penrhyn) and Pukapuka.

airarsaabKiikii  staff are willing to arrange transfers to and from the airport for you.

If you pre-arrange, a vehicle will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive.

Transfers are $15 per person each way.  Otherwise, you can arrange a rental car through a private rental car service, grab a taxi or take the bus.