The Beautiful Cook Islands

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The Cook Islands

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What's special about Cook Island holidays?

Nothing on its own stands out as uniquely iconic in the Cook islands, but blend the beautiful Polynesian culture with its glorious beaches and a well developed tourist infrastructure, a holiday in the Cook Islands is up there with the best the South Pacific has to offer.

Rarotonga is a mini holiday island with plenty of locally owned accommodations, day tours and restaurants along its palm fringed beaches. Aitutaki can be visited on a day tour, but to really enjoy the spectacular lagoon its best to visit for a few nights at least.

For tourists, the main iconic attractions are its rare black pearls, its brilliant dancers and the stunning beauty of Aitutaki Lagoon. Come here for beaches, tranquillity and lush tropical scenery ...

Where to Stay

What are the best Cook Islands hotels?

Rarotonga and Aitutaki are the only islands with hotels for mainstream tourists and whilst families tend to stick to Rarotonga, both islands have areas appealing to both couples on a honeymoon or those with kids in tow ... only two large resorts have kids clubs and many accommodation don’t even have 24-hr receptions - this is a truly laid back holiday destination.

Cook Islands Holiday Inspirations

Bungalows at Aitutaki Lagoon Resort luxury resort on Aitutaki lagoon
Infinity pool at Little Polynesian boutique resort on Rarotonga
Tourists sunbathing at Palm Grove honeymoon in the Cook islands
Cross island hike on Rarotonga hiking in Rarotonga mountains
Palm trees in front of Rarotonga resort holiday bungalows on Aitutaki
Holiday Bungalows on Rarotonga Island Beach on Rarotonga's west coast

 

Top Cook Islands Holiday Attractions

Aitutaki Lagoon Cruise

Uninhabited islands fringe this beautiful lagoon and there's sand bars to explore, giant clams to see and great snorkelling and fishing ...

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Rarotonga Cross Island Hike

Enjoy the lush scenery on this great half day hike across the mountains of Rarotonga. Look-outs, tropical birds and a refreshing waterfall.

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Muri Beach, Rarotonga

Fringed by a long curving beach and looking out to a sheltered lagoon with four uninhabited islands, this beautiful location is also the top spot to stay.

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Island Night - Dance & Feast

The Cook Islanders are renowned for their seductive hip swaying dances accompanied by high tempo drummers - and the traditional feast isn't bad too.

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Cook Islands Hotel Quotes

Aitutaki Village, Aitutaki

A mid range beach resort overlooking Aitutaki Lagoon with just 12 bungalows . This is a fantastic spot for a holiday on Aitutaki ...

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Little Polynesian, Rarotonga

Beautiful location on the quiet south coast of Rarotonga with spacious luxury villas and an infinity pool . Couples only ...

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Palm Grove, Rarotonga

Quiet beach with excellent snorkelling offshore. Beach-front cottages are adults only, whilst the larger Garden Cottages are more suited to families.

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Tiana’s Beach Villas, Rarotonga

Budget accommodation with one of the best beach locations on Rarotonga. Simple units and bungalows for the not too fussy holiday-maker ...

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