Trips to Cook Islands

Enjoy rainforests and turquoise sea water in the Cook Islands

Imagine lush rainforests, pristine caves, amazing birdlife, plantations, pristine reefs, beaches and lagoons. The Cook Islands are a true paradise where you can explore some of the most remote islands in the Pacific.

Located between Hawaii and New Zealand, the Cook Islands are a pleasant year-round destination. The Cook Islands are made up of 15 islands, the two main ones being Rarotonga and Aitutaki. The third most visited island is Atiu, and the remaining islands cover an area of 2 million square kilometres. The Cook Islands are administratively a self-governing territory of New Zealand.

The Cook Islands landscape is made up of lagoons, beaches and swaying palm trees, interspersed with small cosy buildings. No building on the island can be taller than the tallest coconut palm, so there are no sky-high hotels.

The islands offer many activities such as diving, snorkelling, hiking, fishing, kayaking and shopping at the local markets. You can also relax on the beach or even take a boat to a sandy island just for you.

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Variety of accommodation and interesting animals

Rarotonga, one of the main islands of the Cook Islands, is the international centre of the archipelago. Its central parts are dominated by mountains, and although it is only 32 kilometres in circumference, it is the largest island in the Cook Islands.

Rarotonga’s strong links with New Zealand mean that its level of development is high. As a result, a wide range of accommodation options are available to the traveller, from traditional hostels to 5-star hotels.

Rarotonga is ideal for travellers who enjoy activities such as snorkelling, diving, sailing and fishing. Animal lovers will also find plenty to see on the island, with sightings of giant tortoises, barracuda and even humpback whales. You can also go on an exciting hiking trip in the rainforest or in the mountains.

In Aitutaki, on the other hand, tourists can see the lagoon, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The serene coastal scenery is ideal for relaxation. The lagoon is more than ten kilometres wide and it is well worth taking the time to explore it. A lagoon cruise is the best way to explore it.

Lagoon cruises also include a stopover in the One Foot mini-state, where you can get a foot-shaped stamp in your passport!

Sea turtle, Cook Islands
© Ben Teina
Outdoor activities, Cook Islands
© Alexandra Adoncello

Things to do in the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are particularly known for their clear waters and stunning coral reefs. As a result, the islands offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities, allowing tourists to admire the diversity of corals, coloured fish and marine life.

The Cook Islands are also ideal for walking and hiking enthusiasts, with their green mountains and stunning scenery providing a great setting for a wide range of hikes. On the island of Rarotonga, one option is the Cross-Island Track, which offers spectacular views. Along the islands’ coastline, you can also take part in moonlight walks to enjoy the beautiful views and peaceful atmosphere.

Culture in the Cook Islands

Visitors interested in culture can discover traditional Polynesian culture through events organised by a number of hotels and cultural centres. These include dance, singing and food traditions.

When travelling to the Cook Islands, active holidaymakers can easily try surfing if they wish, for example by renting a board or taking a surf lesson in Rarotonga or Aitutaki. You can also spend some leisurely time on the water, for example fishing, which is a popular activity in the Cook Islands. Catches include tuna.

Culture at Cook Islands

Getting around the Cook Islands

Scooters are a convenient way to get around the islands, and the best way to explore the sites. To do this, you will need to obtain a local driving licence from the police station. You can hire your own boat or go on a shared lagoon cruise to explore the lagoon. Travel between the islands is usually by plane.

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