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Cook Islands Vacation Packages

Hike up mountains, swim in blue lagoons and go on wildlife-spotting adventures in this island country in the South Pacific Ocean.

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.


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Pacific Resort Rarotonga ¥42,706
Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020
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Pacific Resort Rarotonga

Pacific Resort Rarotonga

Muri Beach, Rarotonga
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    We loved this resort! The staff and amenities were amazing! We were able to SUP every morning in the gorgeous lagoon, then eat a fabulous continental style breakfast, kayak out to the island and snorkel until the afternoon! So much fun! The food at the resort restaurant is really good! Breakfast ...

    Moana Sands Lagoon Resort ¥29,284
    Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020
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    Moana Sands Lagoon Resort

    Moana Sands Lagoon Resort

    Muri Beach, Rarotonga
       
      4.6 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      It was a great experience staff were friendly & great location

      Tamanu Beach ¥33,555
      Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019
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      Tamanu Beach

      Tamanu Beach

      Main Road, Aitutaki
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Our villa was well appointed and having absolute beach front was a bonus. The restaurant prices were a bit expensive but very well presented.

        Muri Lagoon View Bungalows ¥10,639
        Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020
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        Muri Lagoon View Bungalows

        Muri Lagoon View Bungalows

        Aroko Drive, Hillside, Rarotonga
           
          4.0 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          The bungalows are very clean and have a nice distant view of the lagoon. There is a steep gravel road to and from the bungalows and the main road with a bus stop at the bottom and Muri Beach about a 15 minute walk. The neighbors next door run a business and can be noisy at times and their dogs bark ...

          Avana Waterfront Apartments
          Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020
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          Avana Waterfront Apartments

          Avana Waterfront Apartments

          Kaireva Drive, Ngatangiia, Rarotonga
             
            4.4 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Perfect location next to water and close to Muri. Swimming pool and kayaks used everyday. Excellent friendly service. If we go back this is were we will stay

            The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium ¥13,031
            Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020
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            The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

            The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

            Aroa Beach Marine Reserve, Arorangi, Ara Tapu Rd, Rarotonga
               
              4.0 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Awesome place to stay. Friendly staff and lovely surroundings.

              The Edgewater Resort and Spa ¥11,287
              Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020
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              The Edgewater Resort and Spa

              The Edgewater Resort and Spa

              Avarua, Rarotonga
                 
                3.8 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                It was convenient and had everything we needed, the wedding area is beautiful and the aircon was an awesome bonus!!!

                Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only ¥34,428
                Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020
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                Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only

                Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only

                Aitutaki Lagoon, Motu Akitua, Akitua Island
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The resort is located on a private island and is adults only. We particularly love the site as it is on the best part of the lagoon - surrounded by pristine waters. The management and staff are extremely hospitable and get to know each and every guest. Some of the units are currently being upgraded ...

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