With more than 1,000 years of Polynesian culture and some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the South Pacific, the 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands are scattered over an expanse of the Pacific Ocean the size of western Europe.
The main island of Rarotonga and the atoll of Aitutaki have over a thousand years of Polynesian culture and feature some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the South Pacific. As well as offering a plethora of white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons, the warmth of the welcome you will receive from locals will enhance your experience.
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Currency New Zealand dollar
Flying time from London 24 hours
Official language(s) English and Cook Islands Maori
Time difference +11 GMT
Visa requirements No visa required for UK passport holders
The Cook Islands Experts
Our experts will be delighted to tailor a completely personalised itinerary to suit your interests, dates and budget.
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.
Experience Aitutaki’s lagoon
Take a cruise around this glorious turquoise lagoon, exploring uninhabited islands, stopping for lunch and a snorkel.
Explore Atiu’s wildlife
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.
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