Planning a summer holiday? Not sure where to go? Well, after checking out these 12 amazing images, we reckon the Cook Islands will soon be at the top of your list. The Cook Islands is made up of 15 islands, however, there are two main destinations when it comes to booking a holiday; Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
We welcome visitors from all around the world to our resorts on both Rarotonga and Aitutaki. For many people looking at a Pacific Island holiday, it’s usually a toss-up between Fiji and the Cook Islands (and possibly Tahiti too). There is no doubt that wherever you go in the Pacific, you will have an amazing time, however, we think our little corner of paradise shines just that little bit brighter.
There are loads of great articles and posts out there if you are researching a holiday to the Cook Islands, Fiji and beyond. Rather than adding to them, we wanted to let our amazing pictures do our talking. Check out these 12 amazing photos from around the Cook Islands and make sure you add us to your bucket list of places to visit around the world – you won’t be disappointed!
1. Muri Lagoon and its Motus
The Muri Lagoon on Rarotonga is one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world and here at Pacific Resort, we are lucky enough to have four properties within close proximity with our main Pacific Resort Rarotonga resort sitting right at the heart of the lagoon. From the white sandy beaches to the amazing marine life, Muri Lagoon is just waiting to be explored.
2. Cook Islands Culture
The Cook Islands have their own very unique culture. With a rich history and strong traditions, it’s great to come to the islands and discover more about the culture. A trip to the Te Vara Nui Over-Water Night Show is a must where you will get to see traditional dancing and learn more about the wonderful people of the Cook Islands.
3. Aitutaki Lagoon
We’ve already mentioned that the Muri Lagoon is one of the most beautiful in the world so we’re even luckier to have another right here in the Cook Islands – Aitutaki Lagoon. A haven for watersports enthusiasts, every year the lagoon attracts some of the world’s best kite surfers as well as bonefishing enthusiasts. A stunning place to kick back and relax or get out and explore the waters.
4 & 5 Infinity Pools
There’s something pretty special about infinity pools. They just have the wow factor. That’s why it’s always pretty special to come and stay with us at our Little Polynesian Resort on Rarotonga or at Pacific Resort Aitutaki. Both of these resorts have stunning infinity pools which overlook the equally stunning lagoons they look out onto. The perfect place to enjoy a sunset cocktail and admire the view.
6. The Cross Island Trek
Whilst many people head to the Cook Islands to kick back and relax, there are plenty of other people who come to the islands in search of activity and adventure. There are of course lots of water sports you can get involved with from kite surfing to kayaking to diving, however, there is also plenty of activity on land too. One of the most popular activities on Rarotonga is the Cross Island Trek – a 3-4 hour walk that will take you from the north coast all the way over the island to the south. It’s a great hike and you are rewarded with some truly stunning views.
7. Mount Maungapou
Not to be outdone, Aitutaki also has plenty of activities on land as well. For those who enjoy a good walk, make sure you take a hike to the top of Mount Maungapou where you will be rewarded with some amazing views and on a clear day, you can see for miles and miles (water in all directions!).
8. Arriving in paradise
Wherever you go on holiday, there is always an excitement about your arrival at your destination. As your plane begins its descent into the airport, you start to feel the worries of the world falling away and it’s time to start your holiday. Flying into Rarotonga is particularly special. After a few hours of flying over nothing but blue Pacific Ocean, a tiny landmass suddenly appears and your plane will fly in low over the water before touching down in paradise. Be sure to experience a Rarotongan jet blast if you get the chance!
9 & 10. Snorkelling
We’ve already talked about the amazing watersports on offer in the Cook Islands and one of the most popular (and free!) is snorkelling. Make use of the complimentary snorkel gear available at any of our resorts and head out into the water to explore the amazing marine life that lives just beneath the surface. The Fruits of Rarotonga is one of the most popular places to snorkel on Rarotonga and the Aitutaki Lagoon is a great place to explore.
11. Black Rock
Located on Rarotonga, Black Rock is a historically and culturally important site and is a popular stop off spot for visitors. Ask the locals about the history and legends of the large basalt rocks. The large rock formations sit on the edge of the ocean, serving as a convenient and all-natural diving platform, a great place to relax and soak up the sun, they also make a great whale watching platform too!
12. One Foot Island, Aitutaki
One of the most popular things for holidaymakers to do when they visit Aitutaki is to get their passport stamped at One Foot Island. The uninhabited islands sit just off Aitutaki and can be accessed by water taxi or organised cruise trip. The beach was voted the best in the whole of Australia and the Pacific Region at the 2010 and 2012 World Travel Awards against some pretty strong competition.