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4.3 out of 5

"A great little hotel which is directly accross the road from a beautiful white sandy beach. The hotel is small and gives you a chance to relax without ... " More

By a verified traveller on Mon 12 Jun 2017

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Hotel Description

The Black Pearl at Puaikura places you steps from Puaikura Beach and within a 15-minute stroll of Aroa Beach. Highlights at this beach resort include an outdoor swimming pool, and in-room kitchenettes and balconies.

All 12 individually decorated rooms feature sitting areas, WiFi, and coffee/tea makers. Kitchenettes come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, and stovetops, and room service is also available. Free bottled water, ceiling fans, and safes are also available.

Enjoy the pool loungers along with access to kayaking and scooter/moped rentals. Added amenities include WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of an airport shuttle.

With a stay at this 3-star Arorangi resort, you'll be 10.2 km (6.4 mi) from Muri Beach.

Garden View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
AU$203* Per night/room 29 May - 30 May

Pool View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max


Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

The Black Pearl at Puaikura ratings based on 13 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Black Pearl at Puaikura

Everyone (7) Couples (5) Family (1)
5 out of 5

Nice hotel close to the beach

Pros: The pool, proximity to beach, friendly staff, tropical gardens, private, peaceful
Cons: Maybe having a washing machine on sight that we could use - would be happy to pay for this usage.
Location: Great restaurants within walking distance. Cafe, icecream shop, mini supermarket and petrol station right next door. Beach accross road.
A great little hotel which is directly accross the road from a beautiful white sandy beach. The hotel is small and gives you a chance to relax without having lots of people around. Awesome pool which was very popular with all the guests, we were in there alot when it was hot! Lovely tropical gardens surround the hotel and this makes it completely private from the road. Staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and responded to any requests we had promptly. We arrived on a late flight and our room was already for us to immediately sleep. They had also put together a yummy fruit platter for breakfast for us.

Posted by , from Wellington NZ on 12 Jun. 2017

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14 Jun. 2017 by Jane

Kia Orana Thank you for your positive review of your time at The Black Pearl - we are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and enjoyed our beautiful pool, gardens and beach. We hope to welcome you back one day. Jane Barclay & The Team at The Black Pearl

5 out of 5

Perfect location for a relaxing beach holiday

Loved my stay. Everything was sorted for my late arrival, welcomed by a plate of fresh sluced fruit in the fridge. The location is ideal for snorkelling, with the marine reserve about one kilometre to the east. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Good choice in terms of location and quality of self-catering accommodation.

Posted by , from Gold Coast on 9 Dec. 2016

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12 Dec. 2016 by Jane

Kia Orana Michelle, Thank you for your feedback - we enjoyed having you here and sharing your infectious enthusiasm for the many varieties of fish you identified each day.! I hope your travels will bring you back to our little paradise - you can be assured of a very warm welcome. Thank you for choosing to stay at The Black Pearl. Regards Jane Barclay & The Team at The Black Pearl

5 out of 5

Great hotel, perfect getaway to kick back & relax

Great hotel, perfect getaway to kick back & relax

Posted by on 5 Oct. 2016

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6 Oct. 2016 by Jane

Kia Orana We are thrilled to hear you thought The Black Pearl was a great place to stay. Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us - we hope you will be back one day and can be assured of a warm welcome. Kind regards Jane Barclay & The Team at The Black Pearl

5 out of 5

Absolute bargain, a stones throw from the beach.

Pros: Everything. Beautiful gardens and pool area with gas BBQ. Calm, quiet and close to the beach. Simple clean white paint. Genuinely chilled out.
Cons: A spa pool would be nice
Location: The snorkeling (Jane told us where to go) is amazing. FOOD! Restaurants, fish and chips even the $5 burgers, all awesome.
The black pearl is a motel style gem on the sunset side of Rarotonga. It is across the road from the beach, literally a stones throw from white sand heaven. Because it is motel style we had a twin gas cooker, decent size refrigerator, microwave, kettle, toaster, pots, pans cutlery tea towels etc. I didn't have to go out and find breakfast every morning. Get up late and rattle up whatever you fancy, perfect. (Local supermarkets have loads) They provide bath towel and beach towels. They have rock shoes you can borrow and masks and snorkels and even umbrellas. You really could turn up in your shorts and jandels. Jane gave flawless advice on the best places to eat and the bar down the road (5 minutes on foot, along the beach) is rated by CNN as No. 3 in the world for beach sunset bars. The small staff are genuinely lovely (though all the people we meet were friendly and chilled). Its not the Ritz but you knew that from the price. It is however an absolute bargain. Its not party central either. Its a fantastic place for stressed out grown ups to chill out, unwind, de-stress... No reason not to take kids but the pool (like all of them there) in not fenced. If you like to sleep in or like sunsets, stay on the west side. It was also sheltered from the wind. It was blowing the whole time we were there and the black pearl was calm and warm. I would thoroughly recommend the black pearl to my friends and family. I wouldn't bother to stay anywhere else.

Posted by , from Waikato on 15 May 2016

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25 May 2016 by Jane

Wow Mal - High praise indeed - thank you so much for sharing your impressions of our little slice of paradise...I loved your line - 'A great place for stressed out grown - ups to chill out' so true! I hope you will return to enjoy our little oasis. Kind regards Jane Barclay

5 out of 5

Clean and nicely appointed with friendly staff!

Pros: Everything.
We stayed at the Black Pearl for one night only and were pleasantly surprised.We expected older fittings etc like most Cook Islands accommodation but it was decorated beautifully and freshly painted so very clean and bright. It was roomy and the shower deliciously hot which was wonderful after a week of cold 'solar heated' showers on Aitutaki. And extra unexpected and most appreciated surprise was the delightful fruit platter we discovered in our fridge. We didn't use the pool as we were due to fly the next day and didn't want wet washing but saw parents relaxing whilst their children swam. The beach is just a stone's throw away and very pretty. Jane and her lovely staff were most helpful and very friendly. I'd recommend The Black Pearl to all. We'll be back :)

Posted by , from Victoria, Australia on 27 Mar. 2016

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3 Apr. 2016 by Jane

Hayley I am so glad we gave you a pleasant surprise! A great deal of effort has gone into refreshing the decor to be a little different and anything but bland. Many properties no longer accept children preferring to be adults only - whereas we welcome families and have the perfect setting for fun times by the pool, or an evening BBQ..and the beach across the road is a bonus. I look forward to welcoming you back to The Black Pearl very soon. Kind regards Jane Barclay

4 out of 5

Good value, tidy place

Pros: Reasonable rates,free filtered water available, good kitchenette. Good size fridge with fruit platter on first morning.
Cons: Reception not always open but if you know, no problem.
Location: Location ok. Ideally need transport to get to any restaurants.
Nice rooms, good location. Very clean. Any issues dealt with in a timely manner. Reasonable rates on special.

Posted by on 12 Mar. 2016

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3 Apr. 2016 by Jane

Thank you for submitting your review. I am pleased you found The Black Pearl good value. Many restaurants along the sunset side of the island provide a free pick up and drop off service - plus the bus is at the door. We hope to see you back one day. Kind regards Jane Barclay

5 out of 5

Great beach, great snorkelling and amenities

Pros: Cleanliness and service, Close to the beach Easy walk to bars and food.
Location: great Scuba at the BIG Fish 500 metres down the road. RELAX
We had a wonderfully relaxing time, bars and food within easy walk personally loved the snorkelling and scuba just down the road at the marine reserve. The Black pearl was clean and well appointed, staff were awesome we couldn't have asked for more. We will definitely go back again.

Posted by , from Taranaki on 29 Oct. 2015

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3 out of 5
Pros: Staff were very friendly when you managed to track them down
Cons: Shower didnt work for three days as unit was battery powered and staff assumed gas had run out but the battery had died
Facilities: Basic, no hot water for 3 days; Value: Could be better; Service: Polite; Cleanliness: Dirty; Arrived in middle of night to no information & noone came to see us to sort things out

Posted by , from New Zealand - Christchurch on 2 Sep. 2014

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4 out of 5
Pros: Great location, very clean, great kitchen facilities, beautiful little private space on back yard
Cons: Too noisy( water pamp close by) and lack of privacy

Posted by , from New Zealand - Auckland on 25 Sep. 2012

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5 out of 5
Pros: How lovely the staff were when we practically burned the unit down with our erratic toast making. CLOSE TO COCOPUTT!
Cons: No other people our age staying.
Location: Resort side of Raro
Facilities: Outstanding, So homely and authentic; Value: Affordable, Economical, Realistically priced ; Service: Professional, Friendly, Courteous; Cleanliness: Beautiful; Stayed only two nights, wish we'd stayed longer.

Posted by , from New Zealand - Christchurch on 23 Aug. 2012

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About the The Black Pearl at Puaikura

Location Avarua, Rarotonga,

Property Features

As a guest of The Black Pearl at Puaikura, you'll find an outdoor pool, a library, and a terrace. Public spaces have WiFi for a fee. An airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. Tour/ticket assistance, barbecue grills, and a garden are also featured at the business-friendly The Black Pearl at Puaikura. The resort can provide concierge services and wedding services. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3-star Rarotonga resort.

  • 1 floor
  • 12 guestrooms or units
  • 3 buildings
  • Built in 1985
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)


Free self parking


  • Airport: Rarotonga (RAR-Rarotonga Intl.) (8.3 km / 5.1 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Black Pearl at Puaikura offers 12 accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and complimentary bottled water. Rooms open to balconies. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate sitting areas and include desks. Accommodations at this 3-star resort have kitchenettes with full-sized refrigerators/freezers, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include showers. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and ceiling fans. Irons/ironing boards and hair dryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room kitchenette
  • Private balcony
  • Sitting area
  • In-room dining
  • Refrigerator (full size)
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

Room service is available.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Airport transportation is offered on request 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for NZD 65 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: NZD 15 (for 15 minutes, rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: NZD 15 (for 15 minutes, rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: NZD 50 per person (roundtrip)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: NZD 25.00 (roundtrip), (from 5 to 11 years old)
  • Late check-out fee: NZD 95 (subject to availability)
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 65 per night
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of NZD 0

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Puaikura
  • Puaikura Reef
  • Puaikura Reef Lodges
  • Puaikura Reef Lodges Rarotonga
  • Puaikura Reef Rarotonga
  • Black Pearl Puaikura Hotel Rarotonga
  • Black Pearl Puaikura Hotel
  • Black Pearl Puaikura Rarotonga
  • Black Pearl Puaikura
  • Black Pearl Puaikura Resort Rarotonga
  • Black Pearl Puaikura Resort
  • The Black Pearl At Puaikura Rarotonga
  • Puaikura Reef Hotel Arorangi
  • The Black Pearl at Puaikura Resort
  • The Black Pearl at Puaikura Rarotonga
  • The Black Pearl at Puaikura Resort Rarotonga

You should know

  • To get to the property, guests need to transfer by required shuttle. Transfers need to be confirmed by contacting the property at least 72 hours before travel at the number on the booking confirmation.
  • The Black Pearl at Puaikura offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 72 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.