Overview

The Cook Islands are made up of 15 tiny islands and atolls scattered across two million square kilometres of the South Pacific Ocean. This is a tropical island paradise filled with crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, warm weather, friendly locals and thousands of years of Polynesian history.

However, the spectacular natural beauty of The Cook Islands is more than just stunning beaches, as breathtaking, jungle-clad mountains cascade to the sea and are perfect for 4x4 drives, biking and hiking adventures. Be enchanted at ‘Island Night’ cultural shows, explore local markets for local cuisines or souvenirs, snorkel through the turquoise lagoons or simply soak up the stunning surroundings from the soft white sands of a pristine beach.

Highlights

With so much on offer, it’s easy to do a little or a lot in The Cook Islands.

Take a hike

Rarotonga’s famous Cross-Island Track is best experienced as part of an organised group. Although challenging in parts, the views and the scenery make it well worth the effort.

Explore the lagoons

Aitutaki boasts one of the world’s largest coral lagoons, inhabited by huge clams and shoals of brightly coloured tropical fish. Join a boat trip and spend the day swimming, snorkelling and exploring local islands.

Praise be

Faithful and non believers alike are made welcome at Sunday services throughout the islands. Acappella singing, a great community spirit and morning tea afterwards all provide a marvellous opportunity to interact with the locals.

When to visit

The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasant, warm and sunny climate all year round. June to August are usually slightly cooler and November to March mark the warmer season, with occasional tropical showers.