Hammock on beach, Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Five Cool Ways to Explore the Cooks

The Cook Islands may be a small island group in the South Pacific Ocean, but they offer travellers a ton of exciting things to do (aside from relaxing on the pristine white sand beaches and swimming amongst the clear lagoons!). The “Cooks” can be easily accessed on a direct, 10 hour flight from Los Angeles to Rarotonga with Air New Zealand. Here are five things to do while in the Cook Islands.

Cruise Cook Islands#1. Cruise Aitutaki
Named “paradise on earth,” one of the best ways to explore stunningly beautiful Aitutaki is to take a relaxing lagoon cruise around the island. There are several cruises available, including snorkeling cruises, honeymoon cruises, and private cruises. A typical cruise will include snorkeling, a delicious lunch and an unforgettable experience!

Saturday Market Cook Islands

#2. Have Breakfast at the Saturday market
During Rarotonga’s Saturday morning Market (Punanga Nui Market) local farmers and fishermen from the outer islands come to sell their fresh produce. Here you’ll discover with delicious fresh juices, fruit, cooked food as well as crafts like wood carvings, woven baskets and jewelry. There’s also normally a cultural show and live music performances. It is well worth the early morning wake-up call and we suggest travellers get their early.

#3. Take a Walk with Pa
Enjoy a relaxing, informational and cultural walk with Pa, Rarotonga’s experienced naturalist and guide. During his guided walk, Pa will recite stories of wars, famines and great migrations as passed to him by his forefathers. The Nature Walk is not strenuous and suitable for all. Pa will provide a running commentary on the many uses for the local fauna and flora as well as a brief insight into the history and culture of his people.

coconut-tours#4. Drive through the jungle on a Quad Bike
Travellers can feel the thrill of driving their own 4 wheel ATV through the exotic scenery deep in Rarotonga’s beautiful valleys! Quads are fully automatic and easy to drive and all guests are accompanied by a guide.

#5. Take a Picture Under Water
The Cook islands offer clear, warm waters with fantastic visibility and diversity of marine life which makes it excellent for diving and snorkeling. If you’ve never been diving before, there are accredited full service dive operations who can teach you in a personalised, relaxed atmosphere.

Life underwater Cook Islands

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Bronwyn Hodge
Bronwyn Hodge

Idyllic Islands General Manager - Growing up in a family travel business, Bronwyn has been travelling from a very young age. Her favourite experience was 3 months spent backpacking through India and Southeast Asia. She counts many countries among her ‘favourites,’ but is especially fond of Australia for its lifestyle, Cambodia for its culture and resilience, and Japan for its contrasts. She holds the proud distinction of being Goway’s only former Bollywood star – having once starred in a Coke commercial in Mumbai.

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