Welcome To The Cook Islands Travel Guide
Kia Orana and welcome to our Cook Islands country guide! The Cook Islands are located in the South Pacific between Hawaii and New Zealand. They are made up of fifteen major islands, with the capital of Rarotonga being the largest. The entire island of Rarotonga is about 35 km and it takes approximately 45 minutes to drive completely around the island. This is where all international flights land in the Cook Islands and although there will be mention of other islands, our focus is mainly on Rarotonga. These islands are not well known to Northern Americans, making them arguably the best kept secret in the Pacific Ocean. We invite you to look through our guide and to “love a little paradise.” In doing so, we hope that you feel enlightened and inspired to book a holiday to the Cook Islands.
What can I expect from The Cook Islands?
The Cook Islands are a hidden gem located in the South Pacific Ocean. They offer warm and sunny weather year-round with the drier season being April-November and the warm, humid season occurring between December-March. Unlike some of its Pacific Ocean “neighbors”, there is no over-tourism and minimal light pollution which allows for quiet nights of stargazing after enjoying a traditional island show. In the daytime, if you are anything like us, you can spend hours in the jungle-clad mountains hiking amongst the lush green flora and then going straight to the beach to snorkel with thousands of tropical fish. Not for you? The Cook Islands boasts beautiful beaches and protected lagoons which allows for other water sports like kitesurfing, paddle boarding, glass bottom boat rides, diving, and fishing. Other options include renting a bike and riding the island, exploring the museums and shops and visiting local breweries. The people here are extremely friendly and proud of their Polynesian culture. Take time to make conversation and get to know the lifestyle. You can expect beautiful sunny days, somewhat cool nights, and a variety of action packed and relaxing days. You may not get a good night’s sleep, but you are sure to find yourself begging for longer days and nights as you begin exploring this little paradise.