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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.
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 ...
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 ...
everything was great, beach staff location was great, crab race was fun too with the Managers party
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.
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.
Very functional suited our needs Some of the facilities looking a bit Tired but overall comfortable. Staff very friendly and responsive
The friendliness of the staff was awesome & their assistance was excellent - the amenities provided catered for everything we required
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 ...