With so many things to do in Cook Islands, you're not only spoilt for choice but you can choose to do as much or as little as you like. If you're idea of the perfect holiday involves working on your tan or lazing under the shade of a palm tree with cocktail in hand then the Cook Islands is for you. However there are also a range of leisure and recreation activities that are popular things to do in Cook Islands including snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, lagoon cruises, boat charters, exploring caves, guided walks, horse riding and shopping. You can't just confine yourself to one island either, while visiting the Cook Islands it's definitely worth checking out some of the other surrounding islands during your stay.
Rarotonga: The Cook Islands' largest island, Rarotonga is also the most popular holiday destination. There is plenty to see and do on this island including the capital Avarua and the sailing and snorkelling hotspot of Muri Lagoon.
Avarua: The main commercial centre of Rarotonga, Avarua is home to a stunning harbour and lively range of activities including popular fishing charters that depart Avatiu Harbour. Avarua is also home to a great range of facilities including shops, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and nightlife and entertainment venues.
Aitutaki: Another popular tourist destination, Aitutaki is famous for its huge and incredibly beautiful lagoon as well as a great range of water activities such as swimming, snorkelling and fishing. It's also a great place to just relax on the beach and enjoy the view.
Atiu: The Cook Islands' third largest island, Atiu offers stunning scenery, lovely beaches, a variety of bushwalks, impressive limestone caves and ancient marae.
Outer Islands: There are a number of pristine, remote outer lying islands divided into two groups; the northern and the southern. The Northern Group include Penrhyn, Manihiki, Pukapuka, Rakahang Nassau and Suwarrow. The Southern Group include Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Atiu, Takutea, Mauke, Mangaia, Mitiaro, Palmerston and Manuae.