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Cook Islands holidays offer a truly laid back environment with some of the best beaches in the South Pacific, fantastic year-round climate seldom dipping beneath 24°C and a pleasant selection of beach accommodation on Rarotonga Island and quaint bungalows around Aitutaki Lagoon. With only 100,000 tourists arriving each year, this tiny South Pacific island nation offers a romantic holiday ambience and is the second most popular tourist destination in the South Pacific to visit after Fiji.
The Cook Islands
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Cook Islands Resorts
The majority of resorts in the Cook Islands host less than fifty guests at a time and so ensure a very intimate atmosphere. The charm of the islands is staying in one of the locally owned self-catering beach bungalows, luxury villas or holiday homes on Rarotonga or Aitutaki and these are ideal for both families and couples seeking an intimate holiday.
For families, there are several large beach resorts on Rarotonga and with kids clubs, lots of activities, night entertainment and for these we have some very good package holidays. Rarotonga has good sightseeing, beautiful beaches and plenty of boutique shops selling crafts and independent restaurants. The largest resort on Aitutaki has less than 40 rooms so don't expect anything more than very laid back! Aitutaki boasts a stunning lagoon and is the place to head for a romantic holiday in the Cook Islands or your honeymoon.
Cook Islands Holiday Inspirations
Rarotonga has 80% of cook islands accommodation with nice palm fringed beaches, lush tropical mountains, good restaurants and a fantastic holiday atmosphere. Don't miss an island dance and feast.
Best Rarotonga Resorts
Aitutaki is a 40-minute flight from Rarotonga Island with an exquisite lagoon boasting tiny uninhabited islands and popular for day cruises. Aitutaki resorts are ideal for a romantic Cook Island holiday.
Top Aitutaki Resorts
Atiu is an eco-tourism destination with caves and traditional villages to explore and a very slow pace of life. There are few beaches or snorkelling lagoons and only a handful of places to stay, mostly guesthouses.
Top Atiu Accommodation
- Atiu Villas
spacious, affordable villas
Oozing charm, honeymoons in the Cook Islands are idyllic. Rarotonga has a romantic holiday ambience and gentle pace of life whilst Aitutaki has uninhabited islands to explore and secluded beaches.
Top Honeymoon Resorts
Rarotonga has safe swimming beaches, lots of tours and a good selection of holiday homes and large resorts with kids clubs making it ideal for a family holiday. It's soft adventures and ease of getting around are a bonus.
Top Family Resorts
Rarotonga has plenty of sighstseeing tours whilst Aitutaki boasts exceptional lagoon cruises to uninhabited islands with snorkelling. For water sports lovers there's decent kite surfing on Aittaki whilst Raro makes a good spot for scuba diving.
Top Active Resorts
Cook Islands Holiday Overview
Spending a holiday at one of the beautiful Cook Islands resorts on Rarotonga or Aitutaki is a lifetime dream come true for many so selecting the right place to stay is crucial. If this is your first visit, we recommend you read our Cook Islands holidays planner to get an overview of the country. Here you'll find general tourist information including how to get there, when to visit and what there is to do on your holidays.
The Cooks is small nation with just 15 islands, most of them low lying atolls and only two of these are developed for tourism. Rarotonga is the main island, lush and mountainous with sweeping beaches whilst whilst Aitutaki is a 40-minute flight away with a more secluded feel and boasting a stunning lagoon. A few eco travellers venture to Atiu for exploring caves and engaging with the local Maori culture, but accommodation here is limited.
Beautiful Pacific has selected what it believes is the best places to stay in our Cook Islands hotel guide with independent reviews on all Rarotonga resorts as well as self-catering beach bungalows for more budget orientated holiday-makers.
Cook Islands Tourist Information
Cook Island holidays are most popular amongst New Zealanders with plenty of direct flights from Auckland and Christchurch and the local currency being the NZ$, The islands are becoming increasingly on the radar of Australian holiday-makers with direct flights from Brisbane and Sydney.
Our Cook Islands travel guide provides more detailed information on all the different regions to visit to help you decide where to go and what to do.