Renowned for their pure white sands and coral lagoons, the Cook Islands are a natural paradise. However, beyond the swaying palms and poolside bars these islands have very distinct characters. By visiting two or more islands you'll discover the biodiversity of the archipelago and get a chance to experience local life and traditional culture. Our itinerary ideas are inspired by island-hopping routes that we’ve enjoyed and that work particularly well. These travel suggestions take in the rugged mountains and dense jungles as well as coffee plantations and traditional villages while allowing for plenty of time for relaxation on those idyllic beaches.
Ideas for your trip to the Cook Islands
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Cook Islands, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Learn about the Polynesian history of the Cook Islands on a guided tour of Rarotonga.
Discover the beautiful underwater world of the Aitutaki Lagoon.
Visit the tiny, peaceful island of Atiu, where you will be greeted by the warmest of smiles.
The Punanga Nui Market on a Saturday is a great place to find some local arts and craft.
Snorkelling on the north-western side of Rarotonga, where you can walk out amongst the coral.
The flight between Rarotonga and Aitutaki gives you superb views of the reefs weaving their way through the Pacific Ocean.
Relaxing in Aitutaki - if ever there was a place to find picture perfect desert island scenery, this is it.
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