Why You Should Visit The Cook Islands

Dreaming of a tropical island getaway resemblant of a serene Condé Nast magazine cover? While hordes of tourists flock to Maldives and Tahiti, here’s why you should visit the Cook Islands.

Where are the Cook Islands?

Dotting the South Pacific, the Cook Islands are situated north of New Zealand. Although there are 15+ islands, essentially there are two main spots people visit: Northern and Southern Cook Islands.

I visited the main island and capital city, Rarotonga, and also ventured out to explore Aitutaki. While Rarotonga is a great hub, you can’t beat the beaches and snorkeling at Aitutaki.

Where to stay in the Cook Islands

In both Rarotonga and Aitutaki there is no shortage of accommodations. No matter your budget you can find affordable cabins to luxury resorts.

Where to stay – Rarotonga

There are several options for accommodations on Rarotonga. During my visit to Rarotonga I stayed at Little Polynesian, which is a tranquil boutique hotel offering tropical gardens and beachfront bungalows.

Where to stay – Aitutaki

In Aitutaki I stayed at Pacific Resort, a beautiful luxury resort with beachfront villas that really solidify the feeling that you’re vacationing in paradise.

Now, on to the fun part which is exploring the best of the Cook Islands!

What to do in the Cook Islands

On islands as pristine and gorgeous as these, you’ll definitely want to soak up the sun and splash in the aqua waters. Additionally, here’s a glance at the best things to do in the Cook Islands:

Snorkeling – Take a tour to the local reef for excellent snorkeling of schools of colorful fish and coral.

Island hopping – The Cook Islands are an archipelago, so hopping around to explore the nearby islands is a must!

Hiking – Explore the nearby hiking trails which connect to picturesque volcanoes, idyllic waterfalls, and the local flora and fauna.

Visit the Lagoons – A fun water activity is to rent a kayak and explore the Lagoons. When visiting Rarotonga, paddle out to explore Muri Lagoon, where you can grab lunch at a cafe and explore the sandy shoreline.

Nightlife – Rarotonga and Aitutaki both have lively nightlife. Head to any one of the resorts for dancing, drinks and dining.

Getting Around the Cook Islands

Many people don’t realize how easy it is to get to the Cook Islands from LAX. It’s a straight 8 hour and 45 minute flight from LAX to Rarotonga via Air New Zealand. I’d personally rather visit Cook Islands than Maldives because it’s closer and an easy flight from LAX. Not to mention it feels like utter paradise and is much less crowded than Maldives.

Once you get to Rarotonga, you can access other islands on a small plane which will take you to Aitutaki and nearby islands.

Why You Should Visit the Cook Islands

If island paradise is calling your name and you want a secluded getaway without the fuss and hype of popular island destinations, head to the Cook Islands! You won’t be disappointed.

I love island life; things move slower, the atmosphere is laid back and inviting, and you can’t beat the gorgeous South Pacific waters. What’s your favorite part about island life?

Craving salty air and turquoise waters? Check out St. Thomas, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands!

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  1. Jim Rushing
    July 18, 2019 / 6:01 pm

    Hi Crystal… My name is Jim. I live in Ky & only use FB as for now. I’m still learning & although I only have about 45 friends (most of whom don’t chat much), it’s kind of crazy after just being on FB for 3 years now. I still make mistakes & can be quite dangerous (my computer or iPhone), by hitting or sending things. I’ve pretty much got FB down though for now. I am a 61 year Old Male that is an Absolute Fanatic over Animals. Domesticated or Wild. I follow a few people that have Blogs as far as Fostering Animals, & a few that do work and are on Television Programs that keep us informed about the Devastation to things such as the Poaching & Slaughtering of some of our Endangered Species-In Particular “The Black Rhino” which as of a short while back, there are now only Two,.. A Mother & Daughter! The Father to this Mother & Father being shot & killed by Poachers this past year & was the last Male In existence. Of course the Elephants & Mountain Gorillas also. I have only Traveled Once while married & that was to St. Thomas probably around 15 years ago. I was married for 24 years & went through a divorce almost 3 years ago now & coming across your Story, read about you, & that you were married to Mr. Hefner. I did know of Mr Hefner but did not keep up with his life. I actually didn’t know if he was married or not. I do remember years back seeing something on tv about him, but it was about himself & Two Blondes, that if I recall correctly, we’re living or renting from him… Something like that. That shows you how much I keep up with other people’s lives. I am just not into people’s daily lives. I’m an Old Country Boy, so to speak & if watching tv, I prefer History, Discovery, & Channels that might tell us about Our Foods & Water, What We Are Putting into our bodies, the Oceans & how we all are responsible for the cleanup. After All, just look at that Beautiful Beach you got to visit at the Cook Islands. Anyway after reading a little bit about you, & it mentioning the death of Mr Hefner & you doing a few interviews, something you said kind of struck a chord with me. That you had went off to Africa after you went through this period of a devastating loss. How you were trying to find your path. That is what struck me, because I have been there, & am sorry to say I am still there now ? I know I need to move on & get on with my life, but it’s as if I’m in a Rut, that even my decision making has come to a crawl. I put things off constantly & stay in my Apt mostly. Part of it is due to the fact that even though we did not have any children & that from the start, agreed on pretty much everything in writing, the lawyers drug out our divorce for over 18 months. I feel like my life is over because I’m not 30 or 40 anymore. I feel like a Failure. I turned 61 today 07/18/1958, which is kind of Ironic, especially with me seeing & clicking on this Topic of “Where did Hugh Hefner’s Wife End Up”. Anyway… I’m hoping you can reach out & give me some Advice. Before the divorce, I had always owned my own home, but since the divorce & selling of our home, I ended up Renting. This is 3 years now & I’ve moved twice. I Love growing my own Garden & I love Photography, being outdoors during beautiful Spring & Fall Weather, & Nature. I also love being out on really clear nights to see the Stars & a Full Moon. Im a big kid at heart & Love a Beautiful Heavy few inches of Snow in the Wintertime & to be out in it for a while. I just don’t want a ft of Snow that stays on the ground for a month, nor do I like really frigid Winters. Here where I live, it might average a couple of 3 or 4 inch snows about 3 times per winter. The Winters are really not bad, as we have a lot of days around 35 or 40. Once a month or so it might get down to 10 degrees but it usually is just for a few days before warming back up. The Springs are gorgeous here, as is the Fall & the wonderful colors of the Trees show off so many beautiful Colors. Sweater Weather/Campfires/Camping/Bike Riding/Horseback Riding… You name it! Fall is so beautiful here especially for hiking. There are many many Streams & Waterfalls in our State & during the Fall is the time to be out. I cannot help you much on the Topic of Island Hopping, other than when we went to St.Thomas, that we stayed at a beautiful Hotel overlooking the Ocean. You could walk some but the terrain was pretty steep except around & closer to the Beaches. Iguanas ? were everywhere. They would come right up to you. You could walk down a pathway & be at a sitting area that was about 15 ft from & above the Ocean. The Night Time breeze would about put me to sleep as it had extremely nice hammocks & Loungers to kick back on. Looking across parts of the Tip of the Island & across the water, homes were built on the sides of mountains. The lights on these homes would be on & it was like Pictures of Italy I have seen at night… just gorgeous! We did Snorkeling & something that was a combination of snorkeling & diving. I forget what it was called, but you could dive at this location to a depth of about 15 ft & the water crystal clear. It was amazing to see the Huge Sea Turtles…. One Day at the Beach, & another day we did a Sailing Tour on a 30 ft Sail Boat. We were the only 2 Passengers on that 1/2 day adventure. They took us into different coves to Snorkel & Dive, then we would Sail awhile & stop again. The Couple who owned it even cooked a wonderful Lunch for us while we were snorkeling & diving. Anyway…. I’ve talked enough for now & as far as Island Hopping I’m sure I would love it. If you will, please respond to what I asked you if you get this Please! I see you are on FB, so I will look you up. There is nothing harmful or hurtful in any way, shape, or form, & I’ve let the few that I talk to & have added, that I do not discuss Politics or Religion on my Page. If they want to do that it’s fine. I can scroll on by it. But to not get me involved or to forward anything like… Send this onto 20 of your FB Friends including me, or you will have Bad Luck! I tell them those are mainly sent by Hackers or are Malware. Ok Crystal… I will try to find you on FB. If you don’t Add People you don’t know or just do family, that’s ok, but if you will allow or send a Request to me I will Add You. I keep my Page Locked & Private & I’m sure you probably do also… My FB Name is Jim Rushing… My Profile is of a cute Black mid sized Dog…. I will read a few of your other Blogs later & promise not to ramble on so much! Have a Great Day & God Bless…. Jim R

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