The Cook Islands are made up of a collection of tiny pieces of paradise scattered across the South Pacific Ocean. A place of warm smiles and friendly people, the atmosphere and glorious beaches of the Cook Islands are unforgettable. However, a trip to the Cooks isn’t complete with just one island; take to the skies on a scenic flight from Rarotonga and be transferred to Aitutaki and other islands beyond for the ultimate combination of island hopping in the South Pacific.
The largest island, Rarotonga, is a bustling hub of a capital – but don’t let that put you off; the island is just a beautiful as its enchanting sisters with lush greenery and turquoise water making it one of the post popular stops in French Polynesia. For adventure, head into the mountains and forests for a guided tour. Or, to get a hold on the culture, visit Te Vara Nui, a cultural village where you can see carving demonstrations, costume making, dancing, and learn about the local songs and myths.
Aitutaki is the closest to Rarotonga and the two make the perfect island hopping holiday. Aitutaki – thought the most beautiful of the Cooks – is famous for its lagoon studded with 15 islets and bright coral. For those who want to get in and explore the water, Aitutaki is the best stop with its crystal clear waters perfect for getting up close and personal with the unique marine life. Or, for if you’re looking at the history and culture of the island, take a visit to the CICC (Cook Island Christian Church), go fishing, or stop by a beachfront restaurant in time to catch the Cultural Fire and Dance show in the evening.