Cook Islands travel guide

The Cook Islands is an island paradise in the South Pacific, encompassing 15 unique and equally beautiful islands. With as much space as Western Europe, but only 15,000 residents, the Cook Islands gives you that rare and wonderful feeling of being distanced from the world. Escape the thralls of every-day life with bright blue water, refreshing lagoons, true South Pacific culture and diverse tropical wilderness. With so much to do during the day, from deep sea fishing to mountain biking, and at night, from romantic dinners on the water’s edge to wild partying, there’s always a new adventure to be found. Yet you needn’t lift a little toe if all you want is to relax on the soft white beaches with a cocktail in hand. The picturesque surrounds, ever-changing days and of course the friendly locals make the Cook Islands feel like a home you never want to leave.

Where to stay

If you’ve been dreaming of an island escape, leave your worries at home and book a Cook Islands hideaway. Whatever your taste in accommodation might be, the Cook Islands has the ideal place for you to lose yourself in paradise; from hostels, self-contained villas and holiday homes, to guest houses and 5-star hotels and resorts.Rarotonga and Aitutaki have an extensive range of award-winning accommodation that’s perfect for honeymooners and families alike. Budget-savvy travellers will love finding that cheaper accommodation options, such as homestays and holiday homes, don’t lose much...

Things to do

Whether you’re someone who likes to keep an itinerary or a free spirit who wants to throw away all plans while on your Cook Islands escape, you won’t be disappointed by this diverse country. The various islands host an array of attractions that suit all styles of travel, from adventurous and high-octane, to relaxed and cultural.

Getting Around

Each island in the Cook Islands is very compact, so it’s easy to get around regardless of what mode of transport you choose. Whether you opt for a leisurely bicycle ride, scooters, a hire car or a simple walk, you’re never too far from your destination.

Where to eat

Food is often a highlight on any given day in this tropical paradise known as the Cook Islands. Despite its small population, there are more than 100 cafes, bars and restaurants on Rarotonga alone. The fresh international and local cuisines provided manage to draw an ‘Mmmm’ from even the fussiest of foodies.The large variety of restaurants means you can find something new and unique to eat every day. From dining in a restored colonial house on the edge of a lagoon, to staring out across at the offshore islands from a table on an open deck, each dining experience delivers a new appreciation...