The Cook Islands sway to their own languorous beat. Then, it’s hard not to slow your pace in an archipelago devoid of traffic lights (and, for that matter, any real traffic — unless you count scooters and chickens). For our specialists, the Cook Islands’ appeal goes beyond their quintessentially South Pacific vistas, white-sand beaches, rainforest, and mint-blue ocean. It’s their unhurried lifestyle, lack of international chains, and thriving community traditions that really make a vacation to the Cook Islands.
You could explore the mountainous interior of Rarotonga, the main island, as well as its coast, on your Cook Islands tour. Our specialists will also suggest ways to delve into islander culture, such as attending an umu feast (which is cooked in a traditional earth oven) or listening to choral singing at a church service. They’ll also steer you toward Aitutaki, an atoll with a turquoise lagoon ideal for snorkeling, diving, bonefishing, and simply idling.
Suggested itineraries for the Cook Islands
These itineraries give you a starting point for what your trip to the Cook Islands could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.
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Our expert guides to traveling in the Cook Islands
Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to the Cook Islands. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate the Cook Islands at its best.
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