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Holidays in Cook Islands

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Top hotels in Cook Islands

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
4 out of 5
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$700 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.
4.4/5Wonderful! (211 reviews)

"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 ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
3.5 out of 5
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$478 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.
4.6/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)

"It was a great experience staff were friendly & great location"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020

Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
Tamanu Beach
Tamanu Beach
3.5 out of 5
Main Road, Aitutaki
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$550 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.
4.3/5Excellent! (87 reviews)

"Our villa was well appointed and having absolute beach front was a bonus. The restaurant prices were a bit expensive but very well presented."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019

Tamanu Beach

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-kilometre) 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 neighbour, 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 kilometres) 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 holiday makers for its wildlife, scenery and tranquility.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Cook Islands?
A: When you land in Cook Islands, you’ll most likely be picking up your checked-in belongings at Rarotonga (RAR-Rarotonga Intl.). This popular airport operates 81 international flights per month.
Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Cook Islands?
A: Cook Islands has a wealth of options for travellers on all budgets. If you’re in need of a break from the everyday, there are plenty of private holiday homes. Villas, hotel resorts and hotels are also popular places to stay.
Q: What does a Cook Islands holiday booking with Expedia include?
A: Hotels, flights, cars — and activities and experiences. Expedia has everything you need for an unforgettable holiday. Pick just one of these options or lock in one of our superb travel packages. You’ve got the flexibility to design your escape to Cook Islands exactly the way you want it.
Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Cook Islands?
A: We work hard to get you the best deals. So, when you bundle your Flight, Hotels and more, you know you’ll save some dollars. Organise your break with us today and touchdown in Cook Islands with a little extra money in your pocket.