couple on honeymoon in rarotonga cook islands

With beautiful beaches backed by tropical mountains and a lazy laid-back atmosphere, romantic holidays in the the Cook Islands are hard to beat. The two main tourist islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki both have a charming atmosphere that seems to captivate holiday-makers as soon as they step off the plane and into the warm balmy weather. The scent of flowers fill the air and palms sway alongside the single lane road that has more mopeds and chickens on it than cars. With long stretches of sandy coastline on both Rarotonga and Aitutaki, beach walks at sunset are a popular pastime while cooling off in turquoise lagoons is one of the more active pastimes in the heat of the day.

Tourism reflects this romantic ambience with the most popular style of accommodation being small boutique resorts most of which have simple bungalows instead of box-like rooms, and many of these directly on the beach. Such is the popularity of a honeymoon in the Cook Islands that quite a few accommodations disallow children to ensure a quiet ambience.

Honeymoons on Rarotonga Island

The main island of Rarotonga may not be the first choice destination for a romantic honeymoon in the Cook islands but it does have its own unique appeal. The beach resorts on the south coast offer a more private setting than popular Muri Beach or the family resorts on the west coast so this is probably the best place to look. If finding a nice quiet beach with a turquoise lagoon isn't the end of your list then Rarotonga does make a great destination for a little exploring and sightseeing. Hire a car or moped and take in island life along the roadside where quaint villages and small art galleries sit side by side. Or explore some of the islands safe hiking trails to experience the wonder of the tropical rainforest. Dining choices are excellent on Rarotonga, with some fantastic independent restaurants on the beach front serving fresh fish and often with a local band playing melodic South Sea tunes in the background. How romantic is that!

Rarotonga Resorts for a Honeymoon or Couples
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Little Polynesian
South Rarotonga
. 9 rooms
Bungalows
$ 645 - 1,095 get hotels best rate quote
Crown Beach Resort
West Rarotonga
. 38 rooms
Resort
$ 500 - 865 get hotels best rate quote
Manuia Beach Hotel
West Rarotonga
. 24 rooms
Resort / Hotel
$ 375 - 585 get hotels best rate quote
Sokala Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
. 10 rooms
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$ 230 - 350 get hotels best rate quote
Palm Grove
South Rarotonga
. 21 rooms
Resort / Units
$ 225 - 345 get hotels best rate quote
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Rumours Luxury Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
. 5 rooms
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$ 850 - 1,800 get hotels best rate quote
Raro Beach Bungalows
South Rarotonga
. 5 rooms
Bungalows
$ 535 - 585 get hotels best rate quote
Royale Takitumu
South Rarotonga
. 10 rooms
Villas
$ 530 - 630 get hotels best rate quote
Magic Reef Bungalows
West Rarotonga
. 9 rooms
Bungalows
$ 325 - 430 get hotels best rate quote

Honeymoons on Aitutaki Lagoon

A honeymoon in Aitutaki ticks all the boxes. This is an uncommercialized island destination with a very laid back feel. The star attraction is it's lagoon best explored on a day cruise. Visit uninhabited islands with stunning white sand beaches backed by towering coconut palm trees and snorkel in the incredibly turquoise lagoon - there are even sand bars and shallow lagoons. Aitutaki is a small island with a handful of independent restaurants if you want to go exploring at night and a few of the resorts have island nights with traditional dance shows where you can join in without having to be a guest.

Aitutaki Resorts for a Honeymoon or Couples
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Aitutaki Lagoon Resort
Motu, Aitutaki Lagoon
. 37 rooms
Island Resort
$ 710 - 1,395 get hotels best rate quote
Aitutaki Village
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
. 12 rooms
Bungalows
$ 370 get hotels best rate quote
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Akaiami Lodge
Motu, Aitutaki Lagoon
. 3 rooms
Bungalows
$ 600 get hotels best rate quote
Etu Moana Bungalows
North Aitutaki
. 8 rooms
Bungalows
$ 495 - 735 get hotels best rate quote