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The Black Pearl at Puaikura, Rarotonga

3-star3 stars
AvaruaRarotongaCook Islands

3-star beach resort in Rarotonga with outdoor pool
  • Free parking
Great amenities
Great location
Value for money
Best value for money
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From 311 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

The Black Pearl at Puaikura, Rarotonga

from $151
  • Garden View
  • Cabana
  • Pool View

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 12 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 1 floor


  • 24-hour check-in
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Express check-in
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check in

  • Credit card deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)

  • Babysitting/childcare *


  • Pets not allowed


  • WiFi in public areas *

  • WiFi in rooms *



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Free self parking
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Number of buildings/towers - 3
  • Year Built 1985
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Library
  • In-room accessibility

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Separate sitting area
  • Balcony
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • WiFi (surcharge)
Food and drink
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave
  • Kitchenette
  • Stovetop
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


On Site

  • Kayaking on site
  • Scooter/moped rentals on site


  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

The Black Pearl at Puaikura, Rarotonga’s small print

Also known as

  • 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


Transfers via required shuttle are required and must be arranged at least 72 hours before travel by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

For transfers, guests must contact the property 72 hours prior to arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Onsite credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of NZD 95

Rollaway beds are available for NZD 65 per night

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of NZD 50 per person (roundtrip)

Airport shuttle for children between the ages of 5 and 11 costs NZD 25.00 (roundtrip)

WiFi is available in guestrooms for NZD 15 for 15 minutes (rates may vary)

WiFi is available in public areas for NZD 15 for 15 minutes (rates may vary)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around The Black Pearl at Puaikura, Rarotonga


  • Puaikura Beach - 1 min walk
  • Black Rock - 3 mi / 4.8 km
  • Aroa Beach - 0.8 mi / 1.3 km
  • National Stadium - 4.3 mi / 6.9 km
  • Tikioki Marine Sanctuary - 5.7 mi / 9.2 km
  • Para O Tane Palace - 6.7 mi / 10.8 km
  • Cook Island Christian Church - 6.8 mi / 11 km
  • Cook Islands Library and Museum - 6.9 mi / 11.1 km

Getting around

  • Rarotonga (RAR-Rarotonga Intl.) - 8 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 36 reviews

The Black Pearl at Puaikura, Rarotonga
Great quiet retreat.
My third stay at The Black Pearl at Puiakura. Improvements are always happening. It just takes time (remember where you are). As usual beautiful sunsets across the road over the lagoon. Owner Jane and Rangi, Nga and Johnny are their usual helpful selves. Will definitely stay here again and again.
Andrew, au13 night trip
The Black Pearl at Puaikura, Rarotonga
Lovely accommodation, very friendly staff, great place to stay
Sharn'e, nzTrip with friends
The Black Pearl at Puaikura, Rarotonga
We only stayed for one night. Bedding were very clean, but everything else were not quite as clean! Lots of dust on the bed heads. Microwave was not working. One of the three towels has dirt on it. Not much of privacy as anyone could look straight into your room.
A Traveler, au1 night romance trip
The Black Pearl at Puaikura, Rarotonga
Second time. Even better!
My second stay at The Black Pearl. Very pleased to say that the improvements to the 'Pearl' are coming along at a great "coconut time" pace. Lovely new decor in some units, with remaining units to follow. Decking around pool and on some patios (all will get same treatment) looks great. As always the lovely Jane and her fantastic staff couldn't do enough for you.
Andrew, au12 night trip
The Black Pearl at Puaikura, Rarotonga
Very Good8.0
Great service and nice beach!
Great place to stay but some might find the expensive WiFi and no TV difficult to handle.
Ryan, nz4 night business trip

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The Black Pearl at Puaikura, Rarotonga

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