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Savvy couples the world over are quietly discovering the best-kept secret of the South Pacific, the Cook Islands.
Now you can get to this unspoilt, modern Polynesian paradise in just six hours direct from Sydney. Located midway between Sydney and Hawaii, the Cook Islands is an intoxicating blend of rare beauty, idyllic climate, warm welcoming people, heaps to see and do and a pace of life unsurpassed for romance and relaxation. Unforgettable experiences await…
Where exactly are the Cook Islands? The modern Polynesian nation of 15 islands is midway between Australia and Hawaii, and scattered across a vast swathe of the Pacific Ocean.
Boasting rare beauty, a tropical climate, warm welcoming people and a pace of life unsurpassed for relaxation and romance, the unspoilt Cook Islands offer a surprising amount of tourist attractions for couples, families, and friends’ getaways.
Many consider the local cuisine to be the best of the Pacific Islands with abundant seafood and locally grown fruit and vegetables. There are more than 50 terrific, inexpensive restaurants and beachside bars - something for every occasion!
The island of Rarotonga is the vibrant hub of the Cook Islands. Only 32 kilometres in circumference, it takes less than an hour to drive or scooter right around and feels like one big resort. Rarotonga is almost completely encircled by a reef and clear turquoise lagoon where you can snorkel, swim and relax on beautiful white-sand beaches. High mountain peaks covered in lush rainforests form a dramatic backdrop to the palm-fringed shoreline. You can explore this exhilarating environment on cross-island treks, 4WD tours, glass-bottom boat rides, sailing or scuba diving. Experience the Cooks’ invigorating drumming and dancing at one of the two cultural shows or island nights at leading resorts. Avarua is the main town where a range of shops and galleries and the unmissable Saturday morning market full of quality artworks, highly regarded Cook Islands’ black pearls, and brightly coloured clothing and homewares, including the Cooks’ unique ‘tivaevae’ or embroidered quilts. Inexpensive cafés and restaurants are found right around the island, many in glorious waterfront locations, serving delicious locally-grown tropical fruits and vegetables and plentiful seafood.
Aitutaki is the second most-visited island in the Cook Islands and a 45 minute flight north of Rarotonga. Its spectacular triangular lagoon is often rated as the most beautiful in the world. Several operators cruise daily to favourite snorkelling spots and tiny uninhabited sand islets, or motus, including One Foot Island – where you can get your passport stamped at the world’s smallest post office. The exquisitely-coloured waters are abundant with colourful fish, turtles and coral clusters. Kiteboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, and bonefishing are other popular lagoon pursuits and just beyond the reef Aitutaki offers outstanding and readily-accessible scuba diving and deep sea fishing. Learn the history and culture of the Aitutaki people on day tours or meet the locals at church or the market. Naturally romantic, Aitutaki is popular with couples and honeymooners as it provides perfect seclusion from the outside world. Air Rarotonga operates daily flights from Rarotonga to Aitutaki and there is plenty of entertainment to keep you on the island for several days. Those with less time can take the Aitutaki Day Tour from Rarotonga that includes transfers, airfares, a lagoon cruise, snorkelling and lunch.