Unique beer brewing on the Cook Islands to Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Here you will find the most beautiful, paradise-like beaches, fantastic snorkeling, relaxed Pacific atmosphere, friendly people and beautiful hiking tours. Read more here and let yourself be inspired for your dream trip!
If you dream of experiencing the South Seas with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and lagoons, the Cook Islands are where you should go. Rarotonga and Aitutaki have precisely these beaches where you can explore corals, fish and the crystal clear waters – alone or with fellow travelers or locals – all enjoying the sun and water! Visit Punanga Nui Market and taste local delicacies such as Iki – marinated fish in coconut milk. On Sunday, you put on your fine clothes and go to church – singing beautiful hymns at a service in the South Seas is an experience of a lifetime. If you are lucky, you will be invited to church coffee afterwards as well. Rent a bike or car and explore Rarotonga’s many beaches and nice little communities. You can also hike a hiking trail across the island with a local guide and learn all about the island’s exciting history and local culture. Everywhere you meet friendly people – Kia Orana – welcome – and it’s easy to meet new people.
Day 1 Departure from Scandinavia
When you travel to the Cook Islands, you make a stopover on the way and it is possible to make several stops in e.g. Singapore, Sydney, Dubai, Auckland, Doha, Tokyo or Los Angeles. Many choose to combine the Cook Islands with New Zealand. Check with your Travel Consultant what would work best for you.
Day 2 Arrival in the Cook Islands
You land at Rarotonga where you meet and drive to Castaway Resort, a small boutique resort on a beautiful part of the beach and with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. From the beach you can sometimes see humpback whales in season (July – November), you can snorkel among colorful fish on the coral reef and enjoy the island’s most beautiful sunsets. The rooms have a small kitchenette, bathroom and patio.
Day 3-6 On your own at Rarotonga
Nice days on your own at Rarotonga. Here you will find the capital Avaru where the big market Punanga Nui Market is held every Saturday. Here you will find everything from delicious coconut marinated Iki to bandanas for your dog. Everything interspersed with fun people and dancing on stage if you are lucky. About 15,000 people live here in the Cook Islands and 11,000 of them live in Rarotonga. The island is 32 kilometers in circumference so it is easy to explore both by bike or car. Inland, it is mountainous with jungle and waterfalls. Most of the island is surrounded by coral reefs and beautiful lagoons with opportunities for snorkeling and diving. One of the greatest experiences is to visit the Sunday service together with the locals – to finely dressed singing hymns together with half of Rarotonga is an experience of a lifetime.
Day 7 Departure from Rarotonga to Aitutaki
You will be picked up at the resort and driven to airports to fly to Aitutaki. You will meet on arrival and drive to Aitutaki Village – a small resort located undisturbed by the island’s lagoon and with a beautiful, white beach. Enjoy local cuisine at the resort’s pleasant restaurant, take a swim in the turquoise waters, explore the lagoon on a SUP or kayak or why not just lie under the palm trees on the beach and read a good book.
Day 8-11 Aitutaki on your own & lagoon cruise
You have wonderful days on your own to experience Aitutaki on. The island is best known for its lagoon which is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here you live an easy island life – you are welcomed with the words Kia Orana. Here you do not stress, everything happens with “island-time” and you can relax completely. One of the days you have a lagoon cruise booked. This is the absolute best way to experience the beautiful lagoon. During the boat trip you will hear about the island’s history and legends. If you are more adventurous, you can also book fishing trips, try wind or kitesurfing or explore the fantastic sea during a diving trip.
Day 12. Departure from Aitutaki
You will be picked up and driven to the airport and fly to Rarotonga. You walk to The Islander Hotel where you stay one night before returning home or on a journey on new adventures.
Day 13. Departure from Rarotonga
You are now leaving the Cook Islands and as on the way out, you can choose to make a stop on the way home as well. The time difference between the South Seas and Scandinavia means that you win a whole day on the way out and lose the same day on the way home.
Day 14. Flight, flight, flight
It takes all day to fly home.
Day 15. Homecoming
Ten nights in your own villa / bungalow
One night at an airport hotel in Rarotonga