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Formed by volcanoes, Cook Island is an agglomeration of 15 major islands set in the beautiful South Pacific. Direct flights are available from New Zealand and Australia, and arrive in the main island of Rarotonga.
The best time for a Cook Island holiday is between May and October, when the weather is cooler and less wet. Sunshine is also ample in the good season and with the Government’s regulation that no building be taller than a palm tree, you’re guaranteed some wonderful views and a true, island culture. And if you’re keen to see more of the surrounding islands, be sure to take an ‘island hopper’ Cook Island holiday package! So say goodbye to your worries, and say Kia orana (‘hello’ in Cook Island Maori) to a Cook Island holiday!
Cook Island Culture
Cook Island has a very strong Maori culture and a rich Polynesian history. At villages like Te Vara Nui, Tauto and Vaipae, you can learn about ancestral spearfishing, pearl diving, navigational stones, earth ovens, the rocks of (human) sacrifice, coconut husking, traditional cooking, and medicinal and important plants for rituals. Don’t forget to pick up some handmade souvenirs at the open-air museum in Rarotonga – wood carvings, weaved baskets, Tivaevae (handmade patchwork quilts depicting the island’s stunning scenery), or even a black pearl can be yours to take home.
As you walk around the main town area at Rarotonga, you can also view the old coral limestone churches remaining from the colonial era. Do stop by to check out the Takomoa Theological Collage, which was the first European building built by the Cooks in the 1830s.
For a wider view of the island, take a slow cruise on a traditionally designed catamaran at the local pier for a novel way of viewing the offshore motus and permanent sand bars that surround the main island. You may even get to hand-feed fish and snorkel from these boats!
Nature & Adventure On Your Cook Island Holiday
Cook Island boasts the worlds most stunning lagoons – and they’re not lying! One of the most striking is the Aitutaki lagoon, with motus (or offshore islets) lined along the coral reefs, like an exquisite pearl necklace above the ‘neckline’ of an alabaster sandy beach. Because of this, many Cook Island holiday packages often promote diving, snorkelling and surfing. Glass-bottomed boat tours are also available for a short cruise over the inner reef areas, which are teeming with a variety of marine life - like colourful sponges and giant clams.
For a close-up experience with nature, secure a guide from the local information centre and go hiking around the Rarotonga mountains area. From here, visitors can admire the eroded volcanic landforms and thick jungle vegetation on a short walk. If there’s time, ensure you visit the Wigmore (Papua) Falls for a dip in the cool waters.
Where to Stay on Your Cook Island Holiday?
Lots of Cook Island holiday packages will offer up the island’s best resorts, spas, beach club hotels and villas along the Aitutaki lagoon and the Beaches in Rarotonga. Listen to the waves lap against the shore while enjoying an open-air massage, sip a glass of complimentary wine by the beach or indulge in coconut, fish and breadfruit as you watch the sunset.
A Cook Island holiday in the South Pacific is truly a time of inescapable relaxation. Book your trip today with Travellers Choice and you could be sitting on sandy shores before the end of the week!