Kia Orana, Welcome to the Beautiful Cook Islands

The official site of Cook Islands Tourism Corporation
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lagoon-side resort.

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands

“The world’s most beautiful island”

- Tony Wheeler, Founder of Lonely Planet

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“…hands down Aitutaki is the most beautiful place

I have ever seen in my life”

- MJ Day, Senior Editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

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Boutique resorts and hotels

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Aitutatki Lagoon Resort & Spa

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Contemporary authentic

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Polynesian culture

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Cook Islands Flights Legend
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For endless adventures, stunning lagoons and warm tropical days, look no further than the Cook Islands. From surf to safaris; from waterfalls to wake-boarding; from pampering to paddle boarding; from nightlife to night-markets. The island vibe is chilled and the locals can’t wait to welcome you to our Modern Polynesian home. With over 50+ restaurants and cafes, and only 45 minutes by car round the whole island of Rarotonga, you will feel like you are in one big resort. Take the 45 minute flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki for the bluest lagoons you have ever seen! Your only problem will be, once you find paradise it's hard to let go!

Relax. Play. Soothe the Soul.

Destination Rarotonga

Destination Aitutaki

Destination Atiu

Flight Schedule

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There is so much to do and see in the Cook Islands. Take a look through our categories of Accommodation, Restaurants, Tours & Activities, and Celebrations & Events to find exactly what you are looking for.

Accommodation

Embrace the call of our paradise and relax in your choice of accommodation. From five star luxury villas, self catering holiday homes, guest houses, affordable full service resorts, B&B’s and backpacker hostels we provide a wide range of options to ensure you’ll have your ideal holiday.

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Restaurants

The choice of divine cafés and restaurants is vast in our small nation and one could easily dine in a different location for every meal of their stay. For if there’s one thing we Cook Islander’s are fiercely proud of protecting, it’s our reputation for creating the best cuisine in the Pacific.

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Tours & Activities

Fishing, Diving, eco-cycling, we’ve got it all! From water sports to guided hiking, the diversity of our Island terrain ensures your ideal itinerary of activities is just waiting to be enjoyed. What does it look like? Is it underwater, on the water, or on ground?

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Celebrations & Events

Our islands provide you with the perfect destination to combine attending an international event with an unbelievable holiday. With numerous sporting codes hosting international events, cultural festivals, flower shows and renowned musicians playing here across the year.

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Our Top 25
Reasons to Visit the Cook Islands

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Pristine beauty – "...hands down, Aitutaki is the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life" says senior editor of Sports Illustrated MJ Day

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Untouched charm and seclusion in the very center of Polynesia. Like Hawaii was 50 years ago, but with all of the modern conveniences

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Rarotonga, one easily accessible and diverse resort, ringed by boutique hotels, resorts, restaurants, gift shops, galleries, coffee spots and convenience stores

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Aitutaki, "the world's most beautiful lagoon," according to Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet. Cruise to Honeymoon Island, partake in sport fishing, kite surfing, snorkel with colorful fish or simply immerse yourself in your own private escape

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Easy to get here – fly non-stop from
Los Angeles to Rarotonga's lagoon-side international airport. Be in your resort within minutes of leaving the airport

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Fly non-stop from Los Angeles to Rarotonga every Sunday night with
Air New Zealand, an easy overnight flight returning a week later (or stay longer!)

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Same time zone as Hawaii – no crossing the international dateline. Arrive refreshed the next morning without the jet lag, ready for paradise

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Exquisite cuisine is everywhere with over 50 cafés and restaurants on Rarotonga alone. Delicious fresh seafood and locally grown fruit abound. Try the national dish, ika mata (fresh tuna marinated in coconut milk, lime & chili)

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Exceptional value – local currency is the New Zealand dollar. $1 US buys close to $1.50 NZD! With restaurants and little markets everywhere, prices are very competitive. Tipping is not part of our culture and tax is always included. What's on the menu is what you pay!

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Authentic modern Polynesian culture – easy to engage with the warm local Maori people. See their amazing drumming and dancing talents at cultural shows, learn the history of the islands, chat at the markets and roadside stalls

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English speaking and safe – there's no stranger danger in the Cook Islands. Walk to restaurants at night, visit the open air island vibe bars, relax on the beach and feel safe and comfortable

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Boutique family owned resorts and hotels, ranging from self-contained villas to full-service hotels. No chain resorts, no building higher than a coconut tree, no traffic lights, just paradise as it was intended to be

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Water activities including lagoon cruises, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, Oe Vaka (canoeing), windsurfing, paddle boarding, game fishing, bone fishing, reef fishing, maroro fly fishing, whale watching and more. Water temperatures average around 82 degrees!

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Land activities including Pa's mountain trek, walking tours, cave tours, cycling tous, 9 hole golf, orientation tours, historical and cultural tours, galleries, scenic flights, cultural shows, quad biking, tennis and much more

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Saturday morning market – Punanga Nui markets in Avarua (main town, Rarotonga) offers free entertainment, fresh food stalls, organic coffee, shopping for pearls and other wonderful souvenirs

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All travelers suit the Cooks – honeymooners, couples, friend getaways, special celebrations, familes and more – no matter who you are traveling with, or traveling solo, we know you'll love it

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Romance is in the air – whether it be a secluded romantic honeymoon, a destination wedding, or a special anniversary, the Cook Islands is your private paradise, perfect for romance

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Fun nightlife – easygoing fun outdoor nightclubs in Avarua (main town, Rarotonga), such as Whatever Bar or Rehab. Or get onboard the Going Troppo Nightlife Tour or our Raro Pub Crawl. Only the best parties in the South Pacific!

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Spectacular scenery – watch whales (Jun-Oct) from the foreshore, explore the turqoise lagoons – no nasty sting rays! Star gaze at a trillion stars, and marvel at the jagged mountain peaks. It truly is paradise

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Perfect for families – many resorts have excellent Kids Clubs, with group leaders that are very involved and interactive. A Cook Islands family vacation will see you sharing experiences that bring the family closer together and have you returning home with lasting fond memories

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Experience Atiu, land of rare birds, amazing cave tours, locally grown Arabica coffee, and the landing site of Captain Cook in 1777

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Participate in a church service on Sunday – visitors are highly welcome to join in a church service on Sunday. Enjoy beautiful singing and a welcoming, uplifting experience you will never forget – everyone is welcome

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Air Rarotonga – the great little airline. Provides ready access to Aitutaki, Atiu and our other sister islands – plus an amazing Aitutaki day tour, including scenic flights and a cruise of the turquoise lagoon

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Combine your vacation with New Zealand or Australia – The Cook Islands is an ultimate Pacific Island stopover flying
Air New Zealand nonstop between countries – so easy to get here from New Zealand or Australia, and the perfect place to unwind after other adventures

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Easy to get around – Rarotonga, the main island, is 20 miles in circumference and takes just 45 minutes by car to circle the island – it truly is one big resort island. Easy access to explore the island by scooter, the island bus service or rental car

1 EXPLORE RAROTONGA
Safe, English speaking and so easy to get around - like one diverse resort all-in-one. Go back to how Hawaii once was, while enjoying all of the modern conveniences
2 WONDER AT THE PRISTINE BEAUTY OF AITUTAKI LAGOON
Journalists consistently call this the world's most beautiful island and lagoon. Take a lagoon cruise and see for yourself - it's been said the color blue was invented here
3 ENGAGE WITH THE LOCALS
Cook Islanders love interacting with visitors. A contemporary, fun and outgoing culture with an intriguing history
4 CHOOSE FROM SO MANY WATER ACTIVITIES
Lagoon cruises, diving, boating, yachting, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, fishing and more!
5 JOIN A UNIQUE TOUR TO LEARN AND DISCOVER
Bike around the island picking fresh fruit from the trees, or take part in cooking a traditional Cook Islands feast - the history of these islands is here to be discovered!
6 INDULGE IN EXQUISITE CUISINE
Partake in an island night cultural show, dine in elegance, taste local delights or join a progressive dinner with the locals
7 TOTAL ESCAPE – RELAX AND UNWIND
Whether you are on your own, with family, on a honeymoon or celebrating a special anniversary, the Cook Islands will provide you total seclusion, perfect for relaxation
8 DISCOVER ATIU
Explore caves and caverns, marvel at the secluded island lifestyle, and see unspoiled nature like never before
9 PARTY WITH THE LOCALS
Discover a fun nightlife scene like no other. Open air bars, a pub crawl tour bus, discos and more - fun and surprises around every corner!
10 SHOP THE LOCAL SATURDAY MORNING MARKET
Find fresh local delicacies, authentic Polynesian souvenirs, and more! Enjoy free entertainment and meet some of the locals