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Spread across a large ocean expanse between New Zealand and Hawaii are the 15 tiny Cook Islands. With rainforests tumbling down to coral-fringed beaches, crystal-blue lagoons filled with tropical fish and high mountain scenery, nature is the big attraction. Swim in warm waters, sunbathe on powdery white sands, hike up forested mountains and watch migratory whales pass by.
Most visitors arrive on Rarotonga. The archipelago’s principal island is the only one with an international airport. Stay for a few days to enjoy its attractions. Go for a scenic drive along the 20-mile (32-kilometer) coastal road that encircles the island. Swim, fish, dive and snorkel in the blue lagoon that surrounds Rarotonga. Hike up Raemaru, the flat-top mountain on the west side of the island.
Travel to some of the other Cook Islands by using the inter-island air services. There are no scheduled ferry services between the inhabited islands. There are inter-island cargo ships, but the service is sporadic.
Take the 1-hour flight from Rarotonga to its nearest neighbor, Aitutaki, for plenty of watersports in its lagoon. Explore the ancient caves on Mangaia and dive among the corals off Palmerston Island. Nearby Atiu Island is home to numerous bird species including the blue kingfisher, brown booby and the rare kopeka. This is a perfect place to become a birdwatcher if you aren’t one already. While you are here, tour the Atiu Coffee Factory and its plantations.
The 850,000 square miles (2.2 million square kilometers) of ocean around the Cook Islands have been designated a whale sanctuary. From July to October, humpback whales pass the islands on their annual migratory route. Head out to sea on a whale-watching trip or stay on land to catch sight of the large marine mammals. They are often spotted from the shores of any of the islands.
The Cook Islands have a tropical climate that’s warm year-round. This beautiful setting attracts many honeymooners and other vacationers for its wildlife, scenery and tranquility.
Everything you needed for a lovely holiday with attentive and friendly staff. Currently upgrading rooms so will be lovely when they have finished them all. Great for a family or large group as it is very chilled out. We stayed with our 3 month old and she was thoroughly spoiled wherever we went. ...
Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Service was great, food was tasty and the cocktails were awesome. Snorkling and kayaking facilities right on the lagoon also included was a bonus.
It wasn't overcrowded, i loved we could enjoy our holiday how we wanted. Helpers were there when requested. Only downfall for me was few days before we arrived the buffet breakfast had changed to cereals, toast & fruits, i would have loved a hot selection for breakfast
Loved the privacy and the fact no one could just wander around the resort. Loved having bicycles to ride around on. Loved the outdoor showers (was so unique!) Didn't like the atmosphere in the bar at times. It was a bit dead at times.
I liked the Lagoon/Reserve literally outside your doorstep. I loved the 'Island' Decor throughout the complex.
All the staff made you very welcome it made our stay so pleasant after staying onewhere else on the island first we wish we had gone there in the beginning we will go back
Beautiful resort close to all the action. It was a short walk to the night market and restaurants. We can't wait to go back. The Cook Islands is very safe and the beaches are clean. Very friendly people. Thank you for such a wonderful time.