The Cook Islands are a spectacular stretch of atolls in the dazzling South Pacific. Home to an abundance of exotic flora and fauna, pristine white beaches, friendly locals and some of the most spectacular crystal water in the world, a holiday to the Cook Islands is an experience of a lifetime.
If you're looking for a tropical island escape to paradise, the Cook Islands is all that and then some! Steeped in the rich culture and heritage of the traditional island peoples, you'll be transported to a world where the hardest decisions you'll have to make all day revolve around what to have for lunch, which cocktail you'll try next and what time you want to take your nap.
But if running on island time leaves you looking for adventure around every corner, the Cook Islands won't disappoint! If action is what you seek, there are plenty of options to fill your day including a huge range of surfing and water sports plus day tours, sightseeing and cruises to ensure you don't miss a moment of the beauty and adventure that is the Cook Islands.
There are a huge range of options for accommodation in the Cook Islands and there is definitely something for everyone. The majority of accommodation in the Cook Islands stands on the main island of Rarotonga (or Raro to the locals) with a couple of resorts also on the island of Aitutaki. The styles of accommodation do vary a little but service standards are consistent with four and five star hotels/resorts so whatever your taste or budget, quality and value for money is assured.
With day trips between Rarotonga and Aitutaki, wherever you stay you won't miss out on taking in all the beauty that these islands have to offer. Which is lucky, because if you're holidaying to the Cook Islands a 'must see' is definitely the Aitutaki lagoon which has a reputation for being one of the most breathtaking and enchanting places on earth. While you're there, why not relax with a massage or treatment at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa?
The best thing about a holiday to the Cook Islands is that you can do as much or as little as you like. If claiming a patch of soft white sand in the shade of palm tree and watching the world go by as you sip a colourful cocktail or icy tropical juice sounds like heaven on earth to you, prepare to enter Eden. But if you're looking for something a little more adventurous to get your pulse racing then in the Cook Islands you're spoiled for choice. Practise your surfing skills (known to go downhill after a couple of cocktails!), explore the crystal clear waters and colourful tropical fish and plant life with a diving or snorkelling adventure, or just float around in the warm, brilliant blue waters.
If you're looking for something in between then the day tours, cruises, sightseeing, wildlife and nature trails will satisfy your sense of adventure and desire to unwind.
The Cook Islands are a tropical South Pacific wonderland so expect no less than bright sunny days, warm sultry weather and balmy nights cooled slightly by sea breezes. The Cook Islands climate is often described as being quite similar to that of Hawaii, with temperatures ranging from 26°C to 30°C in the warmer months from November to April, with the cooler months between May to October characterised by milder temperatures from 22°C to 27°C. Basically, it's summer all year round in the Cook Islands and summer time is party time, so pack your bathers and your thongs and you'll be set for an incredible holiday in the stunning oasis that is the Cook Islands.
TravelOnline has out together a range of holiday packages for you to stay and play in the Cook Islands. These packages are designed to make booking your holiday to the Cook Islands simple and with the excellent discounts we have on offer, these packages are a great way to get the most for your money. Offers include accommodation, meals, transfers, flights, tours and more! Using our vast industry contacts we have put together some of the best deals on offer, but our experienced consultants are also available to customise these packages to suit your needs and personalise your holiday to make it a unique experience.
The stunning Cook Islands are made up of over 15 islands that stretch over two million square kilometres of the South Pacific. Neighbours with French Polynesia, the Cook Islands also share the same time zone as Hawaii. Politically linked with New Zealand, the islands also use New Zealand dollars as their local currency. Originally named the Hervey Islands by Captain James Cook, the Cook Islands were renamed in 1820 in honour of him.
As of July 2015, American Express credit cards are no longer accepted in the Cook Islands. Visitors are advised to bring alternate methods of payment (e.g Visa, MasterCard). Bookings for resorts will also not accept AMEX as a valid form of payment.