The Cook islands are situated in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. It is a self-governing island country and a treat for the honeymooners. The place is loaded with luxury and extravagance. But the best thing about this place is that there is no need to spend tons of money to go here. The Pacific’s best kept secret these islands are between French Polynesia and American Samoa and are a treat to the eyes.
The islands are beautiful and you will be right in the middle of the ocean. The cell phones companies do provide phone packages but they are very expensive so be prepared to turn off your phone is the need arises. Although many hotels sell the 100MB package for $10.
Which Islands to visit?
The north comprises of Pukapuka, Penrhyn, Rakahanga, Manihiki, Nassau, and Suwarrow. Visiting these islands will burn a hole in your pocket as these are not easily accessible and very expensive to travel.
The south part of the island comprises of Palmerston, Aitutaki, Manuae (uninhabited), Takutea, Mitiaro, Atiu, Mauke, Rarotonga, and Mangaia. Although Palmerston and Manuae would not have regular flights other islands can be accessed without much trouble. The easiest to travel are Rarotonga and Aitutaki and you will find the maximum amount of infrastructure here. The second largest island of Cooks is Mangaia but you will be surprised to know that the population is just 500! Most of Mangaia is still undiscovered. Atiu will take you to limestone caves and diving locations which will make you feel rejuvenated and lively.
How to reach the Cook Islands?
You can take up a flight up till Rarotonga (RAR) and the other islands can be accessed from there. Once you reach there Rarotonga has their own airlines called Air Rarotonga that will take you to the other islands. You can also find deals and discounts on flights if you visit during the shoulder season.
When to travel?
The Islands are great to visit all year round! Isn’t it surprising? Thanks to the tropical weather the island is pleasant throughout. The monsoon season (summers for them) starts with November and lasts until mid-March or early April. The water will be warmest during this time of the year. (Although keep in mind December to April are months where they experience cyclones). October is their springtime and it is usually less windy compared to winters and you will find the best deals during this time.
Where to Stay on Rarotonga?
Muri Beach is a place best suited for stays here. The long and glorious beach is situated inside a protected lagoon and travelers can easily kayak, swim, or SUP to two tiny, uninhabited islands. You can choose from a number of hotels that are located on the beach.
Luxury on Aitutaki
Aitutaki is one of the quietest places you will ever visit. Rarotonga does not have much crowd either but Aitutaki was more peaceful. Aitutaki is known for its luxury and if you are ready to splurge the best resorts are Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Etu Moana Beach Villas (both on the west side of the island), and Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa (with splendid overwater bungalows!). Although If you are looking for something that won’t burn your pocket and still give you a feeling of casual luxury Tamanu Beach is the place for you. The beach has delicious food and offers free airport travel.
Scattered over 2 million square kilometers in the Pacific Ocean these islands will surely serve as a treat to your eyes. It is full of Polynesian history, culture, and sun which will give you the tan everyone will envy! You can get all the luxuries and like that of Tahiti but without the heavy expenses. So, go ahead and pack your stuff and visit this gorgeous place which will surely serve as a once in a lifetime experience!
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