The Cook Islands
The Cook Islands offer tourists an incredible experience that they will never forget! The islands are famous for their luxury resorts, relaxing beaches, dream vacations, crystal water, and white sand. Guests can also take the chance to explore the island’s natural beauty with its lush palm trees and stunning sunsets.
The warm sun and soft sand and one of our favorite South Pacific Island destinations – this is the Cook Islands
Where are The Cook Islands?
Located in the South Pacific and made up of 15 different islands spread over an area the size of India with a population no bigger than a small country town, approx, 14000 people. These unique and friendly Polynesians have their own language and government and enjoy a vigorous and diverse culture with significant differences between each island.
How big is Rarotonga in the Cook Islands?
Despite some 70,000 visitors a year to the capital island Rarotonga, the Cook Islands are largely unspoiled by tourism. As the entire island is only 32 kilometers in circumference, getting around is easy. The main International Airport for The Cook Islands is also located on the island. There are two main roads on Rarotonga, you can circle the island on the Ara Tapu sealed road, through the villages, and past the beaches; or you can take the older inland road, which winds through fields of taro, pawpaw, bananas, and local farmlands.
Where should I stay in The Cook Islands?
While there are no buildings taller than a Coconut Tree in The Cook Islands there are many choices of accommodation to suit budget and style.
Stay in a family-operated bungalow-style accommodation with a kitchenette or upper-end resorts during your Cook Islands Vacation.
How do I visit Aitutaki?
A visit to the Cook Islands is not complete without seeing the beautiful island of Aitutaki. The breathtaking allure of its crystal clear turquoise waters and sparkling white beaches is an essential ingredient in any Cook Islands Honeymoon. This is a place of unsurpassed natural beauty and tranquility, providing a simple tonic to soothe away the pressures of the outside world.
What is the distance from Rarotonga to Aitutaki?
Aitutaki is 220 kilometers north of Rarotonga and less than an hour’s flight away. It is partly volcanic and partly of atoll origin. The highest hill, Maungapu is said to be the top of Rarotonga’s Raemaru Peak, brought back by victorious warriors. The spectacular lagoon (45 kilometers around) is abundant with colored fish of many varieties, its perimeter sprinkled with many small and charming uninhabited islands (Motus.)
How do I get to the Cook Islands from The USA?
As Air New Zealand is no longer reinstating its pre-pandemic weekly direct flight from LA to The Cook Islands.
The best option is to fly via French Polynesia and connect onto a side flight to Rarotonga.
How do I get to The Cook Islands from Canada?
Air New Zealand is no longer reinstating its pre-pandemic weekly direct flight from Los Angeles to Rarotonga.
The best option is to fly via Tahiti and connect onto a side flight to Rarotonga.
How far are The Cook Islands from New Zealand?
Flying time from Auckland to Rarotonga is approx 5 hours. These flights operate almost daily so it may be a better option to have your stopover in The Cook Islands on the way home if having a New Zealand and The Cook Islands vacation.
How far are The Cook Islands from Australia?
Flying time from Sydney to The Cook Islands nonstop is approx 10 hours. Depending on if there is a direct flight operating you may have to fly via Auckland to connect.
When is the best time to visit The Cook Islands?
The Cook Islands is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Pacific. With its mild year-round climate, tourists can visit at any time of the year.
Rainfall is usually heavier in November and December, but this should not deter you from visiting. The Cook Islands has plenty to offer its visitors. If you want to experience sunshine and warm weather without having to deal with humidity, then it is best to visit between April and October. The other months are also great for experiencing rainfall which adds another dimension to your vacation.
Your Cook Islands specialist can design you a trip of a lifetime that either encompasses one island or many different islands. Our Cook Island Honeymoon clients have been located right across Canada and the USA from New York, Atlanta, Denver, Tampa, Boston to Toronto and Calgary.
When you are deciding on the best pacific island to visit please do not forget about the Cook Islands!
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