There is no doubt about it. The Cook Islands are the perfect location for Instagrammers. Wherever you go in the Cooks, there will always be someone out with a camera, snapping the beautiful sights and sounds.
Instagram posts from the Cook Islands are a great way of getting double taps and comments. The stunning turquoise waters, the white sandy beaches, the majestic sunsets and the cocktails feature high on the list of things to take pictures of when you’re in the Cook Islands so we wanted to find out where the most popular shots and taken around the Cooks.
So, without further ado, here are the top 10 most Instagrammed locations in the Cook Islands – let us know what you think!
1. Muri Lagoon
Muri Lagoon is without doubt a top pick when it comes to Instagram pics. The stunning turquoise waters, the white sandy beach and of course, Pacific Resort Rarotonga! You will also find Te Manava, Moana Sands and Little Polynesian located very close to Muri Lagoon so when you stay with us in Rarotonga, you will never be too far away from a beautiful photo opportunity!
2. Aitutaki Lagoon
The world famous Aitutaki Lagoon is up there when it comes to the most photographed locations in the Cook Islands. This stunning lagoon is best captured from the air to get a full picture of just how beautiful it is, however no matter where you take a picture from, there are no bad photos of the Aitutaki lagoon!
3. Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
With some of the clearest waters in the world, the Muri Lagoon in Rarotonga and the Aitutaki Lagoon are some of the best places to grab some amazing underwater shots. Whether you’re hanging out with the amazing marine life or just checking out the colourful reef, the underwater opportunities in the Cook Islands are amazing.
4. Titikaveka Beach
Without doubt one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on Rarotonga is Titikaveka Beach. Located close to Muri Lagoon, Little Polynesian and Moana Sands are situated almost beach front to Titikaveka Beach so all you need to do is wake up and take a stroll out front and this stunningly beautiful beach awaits.
5. Sunset Cocktails
There are loads of great places in the Cook Islands to grab a sunset cocktail. On Rarotonga, head to the Barefoot Bar at Pacific Resort Rarotonga and feel the sand between your toes as you enjoy a happy hour cocktail, enjoying the beautiful sunset. On Aitutaki, head to the Black Rock Bar where you can sit by the pool, sipping on a cocktail and enjoy the sunset. Wherever you go, the sunsets will never disappoint.
6. Palmerston Island
Little know Palmerston Islands is one of the outlying Cook Islands and the only one of the Cooks that Captain James Cook actually set foot on. Palmerston Island is located around 500kms north of Rarotonga and is popular for sailing and diving. You can get a flight to Palmerston Island for Rarotonga if you are looking for something a bit more ‘out there’ from your trip to the Cook Islands.
7. Te Rua Manga (the Needle)
If you are a keen walker, taking the hike on the Cross Island Walk which will take you up to Te Rua Manga (the Needle) is a must on your list of things to do. There are some cracking photo opportunities once you get up there as you get a 360 degree view of the island and look down towards the Muri Lagoon. There are some great selfie opportunities up there – we are always sweating too much when we get to the top to bother with selfies so make sure you compose yourself first!
8. Aitutaki Sunsets
There are some cracking sunsets anywhere you go in the Cook Islands. One of our favourite places for a sunset is on Aitutaki. Framed by the palm trees, every day delivers a different sunset and each one seems more beautiful than the last! If you are on Rarotonga, head down to Avarua and watch the vaka boats heading out as the sun sets on another beautiful day in paradise.
9. Marine Life
The Cook Islands are absolutely teeming with marine life so it’s only natural that they should feature pretty high when it comes to Instagram shots. Whether it’s on the surface or underwater, people seem to capture the most amazing shots of our diverse marine life from tropical fish to sea turtles to whales and dolphins.
10. Kite Surfing
Last but certainly not least on our list of most Instagrammed places in the Cook Islands is Kite Surfing. Whilst this may not be a specific place, it’s certainly one of the most popular activities when it comes to Instagram photos so whether you’re kit surfing in the Muri or Aitutaki lagoons, someone will probably be out snapping you!
So there you have it – the ten most Instagrammed places and things to do in the Cook Islands. We’re sure there are heaps of things we have missed off the list – paddleboarding, the amazing cuisine, the people, the night show, the markets – all of these deserve their place on our list but we’ve only got room for ten!
Keep on sending in your amazing photos from your trip to the Cook Islands. These pictures may be amazing but there is nothing quite like seeing all of this for yourself!
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