Cook Islands Destination Guide
The Cook Islands are an archipelago comprising fifteen islands located between New Zealand and Hawaii. Classified into 6 North Islands and 9 South Islands, among the coral atolls and volcanic peaks there is a piece of paradise to suit everyone. Breathtakingly beautiful beaches, lush tropical forests, underwater caves and sumptuous lagoons are some of the features to explore on Cook Island Holidays.
Cook Island tours can take you to secluded, uninhabited islands like Takutea and Manuae. Explore the capital, Rarotonga; a vibrant, musical destination peopled by friendly locals, or the beautiful Honeymoon Island, Aitutaki, for sheer romance and serenity.
Most visitors attempt the famous Pa trek into the jungle hinterland to admire the flora and fauna of the region and discover some of the islands' incredible history. Fishing charters are easily arranged and the variety of large species in the water is impressive. Small schools of colourful fish and coral can be seen from the beaches and glass bottom boat tours enable you to stay dry while you experience an exhilarating marine spectacle. Whatever you plan to do on the Cook Islands, it will no doubt encompass the warm waters in some capacity.
Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular activities on the shallow reefs found around many of the islands and there are clear lagoons and safe beaches for swimming. Some of the inhabited islands offer full dinner shows overlooking the water – a great introduction to the culture of the Cook Islands, whose heritage is mostly Polynesian. Plan for self-guided treks through imposing landscapes, drumming lessons and jewellery-making workshops. For a more in-depth experience, take a spiritual journey with a personal guide.
Flights to the Cook Islands leave Auckland for Rarotonga most days of the week. A direct flight leaves from Sydney to Rarotonga once a week, making the Cook Islands an easily accessible destination and one popular for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways. Check out some of the Cook Island Packages and have your whole experience planned for you. A reasonable number of Cook Island Resorts, villas and bungalows are available in the capital, Rarotonga. Be prepared for amazing views from your room or restaurant of clean white beaches and swaying palm trees. For a more secluded experience, stay in a bungalow or villa on the beautiful Aitutaki Island and enjoy beauty treatments in one of the health spas there.
Whether you are an adventurer or a lover, the Cook Islands will capture your heart and conjure some unforgettable memories.