Where to Stay on Mangaia: The Best Mangaia Accommodations [2023]© Taniera - Cook Islands Tourism
Where to Stay on Mangaia: The Best Mangaia Accommodations [2023]

Where to Stay on Mangaia: The Best Mangaia Accommodations [2024]

© Taniera – Cook Islands Tourism

Motel Units, Villas and Local Stays on Mangaia

Don’t worry, you won’t be scrolling through this article for long. Mangaia only has one commercial accommodation set up for visitors, avoiding any threat of decision fatigue! What Mangaia lacks in choice, however, it more than makes up for in service, as accommodations here provide lots of little extra things to make your stay on a less-developed island super seamless. Three meals a day and airport transfers with an orientation tour of the island are just some of the additions you’ll find on Mangaia that are practically unheard of in the Cook Islands’ more popular islands.

So where is there to stay on Mangaia? Find out in this short albeit comprehensive list of the best Mangaia accommodations.

Combine this information with The Complete Travel Guide to Mangaia and the 15 Best Things to Do on Mangaia and your trip planning is almost complete!

Babe’s Place

Enjoy the homely atmosphere and experience the warm hospitality of the budget-friendly Babe’s Place. There are four motel units with one or two double beds per room at this accommodation owned by the island’s top entrepreneur – Babe also owns the island’s main grocery store within walking distance! Find out more in our guide to the Information, Shops & Services on Mangaia.

Your room is basic but well-kept with colourful bedsheets, mosquito nets and a private patio area with outdoor furniture. The rest of the facilities are communal, including a spacious lounge and kitchen where your three meals a day (included in the price) are served. Breakfast is a tropical affair of fruit and toast/cereal with jam, lunch is typically pretty light with sandwiches, while dinner is a buffet of local meat and vegetables – all served with refreshing drinking coconuts! If you need to prepare anything in between, the kitchen is open 24/7.

See more stays like this across the country in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in the Cook Islands.

Where to Stay on Mangaia: The Best Mangaia Accommodations© Taniera - Cook Islands Tourism

[CLOSED] Mangaia Villas

For something a little more upscale on Mangaia, choose Mangaia Villas. These six freestanding one-bedroom villas sleep up to four people and are easily the most luxurious accommodations outside of Rarotonga and Aitutaki – still a three-star accommodation though, let’s not get too excited.

Lining the sunset coast of the island, a short drive from Oneroa, these villas each have a spacious verandah to make the most of the views and watch whales during the season. The construction of the villas is local limestone and thatched roofs, complementing the surroundings, while inside you have a modern open-plan kitchen and spacious lounge with a TV, breakfast bar and a double bed framed with local artwork. There is a separate bedroom, as well as a modern bathroom with a shower.

A tropical breakfast of fruit, cereal, bread and juice is provided each morning, while lunch and dinner can be arranged for an additional fee.

Discover similar stays across the Cook Islands in the 25 Best Villas in the Cook Islands.

More About Accommodations on Mangaia

Now that you know where to stay on Mangaia, including all of the Managaia accommodations, here are more tips to help plan the perfect getaway:

Finally, see how Mangaia’s accommodations compare to The Top 50 Resorts in the Cook Islands!


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Cook Islands Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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