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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 Edgewater Resort and Spa AU$172
Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2019
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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

    Beach front room with ocean views from the bed! balcony was perfect place to watch the sunset. Loved sleeping and waking up to sound of the ocean, room and bathroom was spotless, Great for families with kids club and games room, able to watch them in pool whilst having a drink in covered dining ...

    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium AU$245
    Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019
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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

      I like the daily guest newsletter and DIY activities, all equipment free hire , and friendly staffs ! Great food selection with reasonable price as well! What we don’t like much is the free breakfast as they are all the same everyday , would add more points to the resort if more savory food selection ...

      Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only AU$546
      Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2019
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      Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only

      Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only

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

        everything was great, beach staff location was great, crab race was fun too with the Managers party

        Pacific Resort Rarotonga AU$622
        Reviewed on 3 Oct. 2019
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        Pacific Resort Rarotonga

        Pacific Resort Rarotonga

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

          Beautiful resort close to all the action. It was a short walk to the night market and restaurants. We can't wait to go back. The Cook Islands is very safe and the beaches are clean. Very friendly people. Thank you for such a wonderful time.

          Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only AU$317
          Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2019
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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

            The quietness, beautiful surrounds, Adults only wonderful staff especially Leilani and Atu who went out of their way to make you fell at home. The scenery of the lagoon and reef out of your back doors, some 20 meters away was perfect. Highly recommend.

            Club Raro Resort AU$153
            Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2019
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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

              Very functional suited our needs Some of the facilities looking a bit Tired but overall comfortable. Staff very friendly and responsive

              Muri Beachcomber
              Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2019
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              Muri Beachcomber

              Muri Beachcomber

              Muri Beach, Rarotonga
                 
                4.6 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                The friendliness of the staff was awesome & their assistance was excellent - the amenities provided catered for everything we required

                Muri Beach Club AU$343
                Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2019
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                Muri Beach Club

                Muri Beach Club

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

                  The beachfront room was amazing and to be able to wake up to the sun rising over the ocean was pretty special. The location both on the Island and the lagoon were second to none - Absolutely perfect. It was very cool to be able to use the hotel amenities such as the paddle boards or the kayaks to ...

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