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Cook Islands Discovery

Private Travel | General interest 13 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £3495 Current prices from: £3495
Travel to the tropical paradise of the Cook Islands to experience the pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters of the South Pacific. Stay on three different islands within the archipelago, where you can explore the rugged green interior of Rarotonga, the turquoise lagoon of Aitutaki and the Polynesian culture of Atiu. Spend time on these paradisal islands that provide unspoilt natural beauty and idyllic scenery

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Explore the islands of Rarotonga, Aitutaki & Atiu
  • Discover the islands’ Polynesian culture & history
  • Cruise on the turquoise waters of Aitutaki lagoon
  • 5 nights at the intimate Pacific Resort Aitutaki, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation


  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 3086 2984 2882 2882 2781 2781 2882 2882 2984 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2475 2373 2272 2272 2170 2170 2170 2272 2373 2373
Sunshine hours -9999 -9999 -9999 -9999 -9999 -9999 -9999 -9999 -9999 -9999 -9999 -9999
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 25110 2399 2148 2169 1747 994 813 994 904 1245 1656 2329
Rainy Days 17 16 17 13 9 6 5 3 5 5 6 12
Humidity H H H H H M M M M M H H
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2882 2882 2781 2781 2679 2679 2679 2679 2781 2781


  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 2984 2984 2882 2781 2679 2577 2577 2679 2679 2781 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2373 2272 2170 2068 1966 1966 1966 2068 2170 2272
Sunshine hours 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999 9999
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 26711 2379 2209 2319 2058 1205 1024 1526 1325 1215 1747 2299
Rainy Days 17 17 17 13 9 6 5 3 5 5 6 11
Humidity E E E VH H H H VH VH E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 6/H 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2781 2781 2882 2781 2679 2577 2577 2475 2475 2577 2577 2679
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Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Rarotonga

On arrival at Rarotonga airport, you will be transferred to the Manuia Beach Resort for 4 nights. This property is located on its own private beach on the sheltered sunset coast. (N)

Day 2: Rarotonga

Morning at leisure. This afternoon, join a tour in a 4×4 vehicle into the island’s rugged green interior, providing an insight into the history and culture of the island. Enjoy a cultural show this evening with a traditional umu (underground oven) feast. (B, D)

Days 3-4: Rarotonga

Days at leisure. Relax on the beach, in the infinity pool or by the lagoon. Alternatively, explore the island. (B)

Day 5: Fly to Aitutaki

Fly to the island atoll of Aitutaki. On arrival, transfer to the Pacific Resort Aitutaki for 5 nights. Stay in a luxury thatched beachfront bungalow in an idyllic setting on the shores of Aitutaki’s beautiful lagoon. (B)

Day 6: Aitutaki

Join a cruise on Aitutaki lagoon, with opportunities to snorkel to see an array of fish, coral and giant clams. The cruise will stop for lunch on the uninhabited One Foot Island before returning. (B, L)

Days 7-9: Aitutaki

Days at leisure. (B)

Day 10: Fly to Atiu

Fly to the island of Atiu and transfer to the Atiu Villas for 3 nights. This simple property is surrounded by extensive tropical gardens and is within short walking distance of the southern coastline’s white sandy beaches. (B)

Day 11: Atiu

Today join a small group tour of the island, led by a bird specialist, which will focus on the flora and fauna of the rainforest. (L)

Day 12: Atiu

Day at leisure to relax. (N)

Day 13: Fly to Rarotonga

Fly back to Rarotonga. Transfer to the Islander Hotel for the afternoon before a late-evening transfer to the airport for a flight home, or continue your holiday in the South Pacific. (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important Information Flights

International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

private tour accommodation

  • Pacific Resort Aitutaki
    Pacific Resort Aitutaki

    Located on the western shores of Aitutaki, Pacific Resort Aitutaki provides quality accommodation and first class service in an idyllic location, ideal for a romantic getaway. Sensuous, intimate and indulgent, the property has been built in 19 acres of superb gardens, using the volcanic black rock outcrops as an attractive feature in the waterfall and the horizon swimming pool. A white sand beach stretches out in front of the property, where some deluxe air-conditioned bungalows and villas have direct access to the beach. All are beautifully appointed with colonial style furnishings and many have spectacular views. Features: 27 bungalows & villas; restaurant; beachfront bar; spa; complimentary use of kayaks, bicycles, snorkelling gear, beach towels & sun loungers. Room amenities: Terrace; air conditioning; television; iPod connecting cable; safe; ceiling fan; hairdryer; minibar.

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  • Manuia Beach Resort
    Manuia Beach Resort

    Nestled on the beach on Rarotonga, Manuia Beach Resort provides a place to relax on white sandy beaches with swaying coconut palms. The property has an infinity pool and a restaurant serving Polynesian inspired meals. There are several bars at the resort in which to enjoy a drink, whether by the pool, on the beach or in the lounge area.<strong>Features:</strong> 24 rooms, cafe, 3 bars, library, restaurant, outdoor pool.<br><strong>Room amenities:</strong> Television, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, bathrobes, coffee/tea facilities, sitting area.

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  • Atiu Villas
    Atiu Villas

    The Atiu Villas offers basic accommodation on the outskirts of the central villages, surrounded by tropical gardens and pineapple plantations, with views over the ocean and beaches only a short walk away. The six villas are chalet style and made of native timber and materials, and include a well-stocked kitchen for self-catering (payable on check-out) and a private veranda. Resort facilities include an evening restaurant and bar, an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts.

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Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • Private arrival & departure transfers
    • Domestic flights between islands (as specified)
    • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Destinations on this tour

  • Aitutaki

    Aitutaki is the second most visited island within the Cook Islands after the...

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  • Rarotonga

    Rarotonga Rarotonga Island is surrounded by a lagoon which extends several hundred...

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