Cook Islands Holidays & Travel Facts

'Kia Orana' Welcome to the Cook Islands. Scattered over a vast expanse of empty ocean the size of Western Europe, the tiny Cook Islands is a castaway's dream come true. If you've ever fantasized about escaping to a remote deserted island far away from the hustle and hum of the modern world, then look no further than these fascinating islands, where you'll find a thousand years of Polynesian culture sitting side by side with some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the South Pacific.

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Overview for Cook Islands

Where are the Cook Islands?

The 15 islands of the Cook Islands are scattered over some 2 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean and lie in the centre of the Polynesian triangle, with Tonga & Samoa to the west and Tahiti to the east. The capital, Avarua is located on the main island of Rarotonga.

You’ll enjoy your stay…

Rarotonga - The main island of Rarotonga boasts a wide range of accommodation from large resort style hotels to self-catering motel units. A volcanic island which is surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and fringing reef, Rarotonga offers the visitor opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, nature walks, sailing and fishing. This island has a good selection of restaurants and bars offering a choice of different types of cuisine.

Aitutaki - 240 kilometres north of Rarotonga (50 minutes flying time) and famous for its large lagoon, Aitutaki receives the most visitors of any outer island. Swimming, snorkelling, sailing and cruising on the crystal clear waters are the highlights of a visit here. Accommodation on the island varies from resort style to basic self-contained units.

Atiu & Mangaia are highly recommended for those wanting to discover more traditional Cooks Islands culture and beauty and both offer comfortable accommodation.