Cook Islands holidays
The 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands are scattered over an expanse of the Pacific Ocean the size of Western Europe. Of these islands, our top three are Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Atiu.
The island of Rarotonga is the gateway to the Cook Islands. It has a lush, green, rugged interior and is dominated by eroded volcanic peaks and surrounded by a tropical lagoon that extends several hundred metres to the reef.
Warm turquoise waters fill the triangular-shaped atoll of Aitutaki, renowned as having one of the world’s largest lagoons. Dotted within is a tiny group of uninhabited palm-filled islands, or ‘motus’, with glorious white sand.
Accommodation is more basic on Atiu, but it is well worth a visit with strong traditional Polynesian culture, a variety of natural habitats and rich endemic wildlife.
Learn about the Polynesian culture of the Cook Islands, including traditional medicine, ancestral fishing techniques and legends passed from generation to generation. Watch local artisans create dance costumes and see these in practice in a cultural show.
This lesser-visited island is the greenest in all the Cook Islands, with its thick banyan trees and colourful tropical flowers. It also features a truly spectacular cave system, ranging from large underground chambers leading to the sea, to smaller pools scattered around the island.
Take a cruise around this glorious turquoise lagoon, exploring uninhabited islands, stopping for lunch and a snorkel.
Take a guided eco tour around Atiu to search for local wildlife with the island’s resident bird expert. Walk through the rainforest, and search for the endangered and colourful Rimatara lorikeet.
See Cook Islands come alive in this image and video gallery, showing off some of the best areas that you can visit and explore.
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