The Cook Islands consist of 15 islands scattered over an area of about 2 million square kilometers in the Pacific Ocean. The islands are a paradise. A lot of people think the Pacific is filled with expensive islands and resorts. But that’s not true and a visit to the Cook Islands will prove that. Visiting these islands are pretty affordable compared to neighboring countries.Rarotonga is the largest and most visited island. However, I would definitely advise you to visit a few islands while you are here since once you leave the main island, you have miles of beaches virtually to yourself!
This must be what heaven looks like. Aitutaki's picture-perfect lagoon glows in technicolor shades of turquoise, and 21 idyllic islets (motu) dot the clear waters, tempting you to paddle to their shores. Kayaking is a great way to explore these tiny islets, but you can also visit some of the larger islands on cruises or tours. The small island of Maina in the southwest corner of the lagoon offers excellent snorkeling opportunities and is home to a beautiful sandbar known as "Honeymoon Island." The lagoon is also a popular spot for bonefishing, and you can hire local guides on the island.
Hiking the cross-island track is a great way to explore Rarotonga's lush scenery. The trail leads from the north coast up to the distinctive pinnacle rock Te Rua Manga (The Needle), one of the island's most famous landmarks. It then leads via Wigmore's Waterfall to the south coast. The falls are beautiful after heavy rain, with a pool at their base, but the cascades slow to a trickle during the dry season. This challenging hike takes about four hours and leads through dense forest, climbing to the base of The Needle, a steep finger of rock that juts straight up into the air. From the base of the Needle, you can enjoy beautiful views over the coast and surrounding forest. Note that climbing The Needle itself is only for serious rock climbers.
Sheltered by the outlying reef on Rarotonga's west coast, the crystal-clear waters of the Aroa Marine Reserve are among the best places on the island for snorkeling. Parrot fish, Moorish idols, moray eels, wrasse, and angelfish are just some of the species snorkelers might spot here. Best of all, the lagoon is off-limits to motorized boats, making it especially safe for swimming and snorkeling with small children. Kayaking on the calm waters is also a popular thing to do here. After a day exploring the underwater life, you can relax and watch the sunset from the beautiful beach.
Fringed by gently curving coconut palms, beautiful Tapuaetai, or One Foot Island as it is more commonly known, is the most visited of Aitutaki's motu, and for good reason. This stunning island looks like it belongs in a tropical island fantasy. You can bask on its gleaming white sands, wade and snorkel in the turquoise lagoon, and even get your passport stamped at the tiny post office. Hermit crabs scuttle along the shore, and you can walk around the entire island in about 20 minutes. The island is also a popular spot for weddings. Tours to the island are one of the most popular things to do in the Cook Islands from Aitutaki, and most include plenty of time to snorkel. Among the sea life commonly spotted here are giant clams, giant trevally, and brightly colored coral. Most tours also include a barbecue lunch and visits to other motu (islets) in the lagoon.
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The itinerary is very well designed with a perfect balance of exploring beautiful sights and free time. We loved the sights that are included in the trip as well as the accommodations. They are truly serene! I highly recommend this trip.
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