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Cook Islands Holiday

Hike up mountains, swim in blue lagoons and go on wildlife-spotting adventures in this island country in the South Pacific Ocean.

Spread across a large ocean expanse between New Zealand and Hawaii are the 15 tiny Cook Islands. With rainforests tumbling down to coral-fringed beaches, crystal-blue lagoons filled with tropical fish and high mountain scenery, nature is the big attraction. Swim in warm waters, sunbathe on powdery white sands, hike up forested mountains and watch migratory whales pass by.

Most visitors arrive on Rarotonga. The archipelago’s principal island is the only one with an international airport. Stay for a few days to enjoy its attractions. Go for a scenic drive along the 20-mile (32-kilometer) coastal road that encircles the island. Swim, fish, dive and snorkel in the blue lagoon that surrounds Rarotonga. Hike up Raemaru, the flat-top mountain on the west side of the island. 

Travel to some of the other Cook Islands by using the inter-island air services. There are no scheduled ferry services between the inhabited islands. There are inter-island cargo ships, but the service is sporadic.

Take the 1-hour flight from Rarotonga to its nearest neighbor, Aitutaki, for plenty of watersports in its lagoon. Explore the ancient caves on Mangaia and dive among the corals off Palmerston Island. Nearby Atiu Island is home to numerous bird species including the blue kingfisher, brown booby and the rare kopeka. This is a perfect place to become a birdwatcher if you aren’t one already. While you are here, tour the Atiu Coffee Factory and its plantations.

The 850,000 square miles (2.2 million square kilometers) of ocean around the Cook Islands have been designated a whale sanctuary. From July to October, humpback whales pass the islands on their annual migratory route. Head out to sea on a whale-watching trip or stay on land to catch sight of the large marine mammals. They are often spotted from the shores of any of the islands. 

The Cook Islands have a tropical climate that’s warm year-round. This beautiful setting attracts many honeymooners and other vacationers for its wildlife, scenery and tranquility.


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The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium NZ$158
Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020
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The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

Aroa Beach Marine Reserve, Arorangi, Ara Tapu Rd, Rarotonga
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Awesome place to stay. Friendly staff and lovely surroundings.

    The Edgewater Resort and Spa NZ$180
    Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020
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    The Edgewater Resort and Spa

    The Edgewater Resort and Spa

    Avarua, Rarotonga
       
      3.8 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Love the laid back easy comfort of Edgewater. Interesting mix of visitors from all over the world. Staff are wonderful & very friendly. Close proximity to other resorts, bars & restaurants. Walking distance along the beach or road. We have stsyed many times at Edgewater & will certainly return.

      Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only NZ$557
      Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020
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      Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only

      Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only

      Aitutaki Lagoon, Motu Akitua, Akitua Island
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Superb Location. Bicycles provided by resort need a serious update.

        Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only NZ$163
        Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020
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        Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only

        Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only

        Aroa Beach & Marine Reserve, Rarotonga
           
          3.8 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Beautiful resort, really friendly staff and good location! Amazing four day stay at this place and would definitely come again!

          Club Raro Resort NZ$210
          Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020
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          Club Raro Resort

          Club Raro Resort

          Ara Tapu, Avarua, Rarotonga
             
            3.5 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Clean and tidy. Good white sand beach. Staff is friendly and accommodating.

            Sunrise Beach Bungalows NZ$90
            Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2020
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            Sunrise Beach Bungalows

            Sunrise Beach Bungalows

            Main Road, Ngatangiia – Muri, Rarotonga
               
              3.7 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Its quite and private, the pool is nice and big. Karen the owner, is very nice and friendly, she lives on the property so it was very easy to check in and check out.

              The Islander Hotel NZ$265
              Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020
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              The Islander Hotel

              The Islander Hotel

              Main Road, Panama, Rarotonga
                 
                3.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Staff very helpful and friendly excelent food myself and partner love the place we stay there everytime we visitt highly recomend pete and mata

                Pacific Resort Rarotonga NZ$700
                Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020
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                Pacific Resort Rarotonga

                Pacific Resort Rarotonga

                Muri Beach, Rarotonga
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  We loved this resort! The staff and amenities were amazing! We were able to SUP every morning in the gorgeous lagoon, then eat a fabulous continental style breakfast, kayak out to the island and snorkel until the afternoon! So much fun! The food at the resort restaurant is really good! Breakfast ...

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