The Cook Islands is an island nation in the South Pacific, with ties to New Zealand. It’s comprised of 15 islands scattered over an extensive area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The largest of the islands is Rarotonga, with its rugged mountains, and stunning beaches. When traveling to “the Cooks”, this is where all international flights arrive. If you’ve had the opportunity to visit the island of Moorea in French Polynesia, “Raro”, as the locals call it, has a similar landscape.

Slightly to the north is Aitutaki Island, known for its vast, and picturesque, lagoon surrounded by coral reefs and small, sandy islets. This island is like what you might find in the Islands of Tahiti, with small, intimate resorts, a lagoon displaying many different shades of blue, and the very popular overwater bungalows.

Traveling to Rarotonga is easy with weekly flights from Los Angeles and a flying time of 9.5 hours on Air New Zealand, you can arrive early in the morning and still have the full day to enjoy! The Cook Islands are the perfect place to escape and try a new, tropical destination. Not quite as far as Fiji, Australia, or New Zealand, travel time is just a couple of hours more than flying to Hawaii.

What makes this island nation so special? From the friendly locals, and delightful dishes, to incredible snorkeling and scuba diving. It is a beach and water lover’s paradise. There are also many activities for land lovers as well. Guided mountain hikes, biking tours, buggies, quad, or 4-wheel drive trips to the interior. A visit to the local markets and the famous Raro Pub Crawl is also a fun time. Hop on the bus, circle around the island, and see Rarotonga by night. It’s the perfect destination for honeymooners, or those celebrating a milestone anniversary or birthday.

With a variety of activities on land and sea, a great selection of local dining, and of course all the modern amenities, a vacation to the Cooks may be exactly what you need.

With several resort options on each of these 2 islands, there is a variety of accommodations to choose from ranging from self-cater, more rustic, to luxury full-service. There are no high-rise hotels here. Most of the hotels and resorts are more boutique-style, with a focus on service.

Did you know that vacationing in the Cooks is very reasonable? It is not quite as pricey as the other destinations in the South Pacific family like the Islands of Tahiti and Fiji.

Ready to go? Be sure to contact me to start planning your unique and relaxing escape to the Cook Islands today.

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Marlain WietzesMarlain Wietzes is a Certified Travel Consultant (CTC), with years in the travel industry, and is a member in good standing with the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA). She has operated her own agency in affiliation with Travel Professionals International (TPI) since 2004. She can relate to the challenges of trying to balance your business and personal life, especially when it comes to travel.