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10 Best Places to Visit in Cook Islands

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Cook Islands top 10 things to see & do

Cook Islands lie in the center of the Polynesia triangle. Rarotonga is the most populous island of the Cook Islands. You will be rewarded with natural beauty and colorful experiences! The surrounding barrier reef protects the lagoons and beaches for safe and beautiful swimming and snorkeling.

1. Aitutaki Lagoon - The world's most beautiful lagoon with its clearly blue waters and unforgettable snorkeling!
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2. One foot Island - This is the highlight of the pristine natural beauty of the lagoon. Here you can get your passport stamped at the most isolated post office in the world!
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3. Hiking Te Rua Manga The Needle - Part of the Cross Island track, the views from this mountain are superb. Recommended stay: goo.gl/aZRp0l

4. Snorkeling Muri Lagoon - One of the iconic places on Rarotonga where you can enjoy the views of many tropical fishes in their natural habitat. Fabulous beach house to stayl: goo.gl/gJ8OFg

5. Black Rock Beach - The spectacular black volcanic rocks are surrounded by amazingly white sand, making this a perfect spot for a day at the beach. This place is traditionally believed to be the place where the souls of the dead people commenced their trip to the afterworld. You can stay at this villa: goo.gl/0EuBwi

6. Arorangi Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) - The cultural experience of the Cook Islands won't be complete without attending a church service with gorgeous songs. Stay close at: goo.gl/qlWLRT

7. Ancient and modern canoe circles - This archeological site commemorates the 7 ancient canoes (vaka) that completed the journey to New Zealand. The modern circle commemorates the 6 Polynesian canoes that arrived during the 6th Festival of Arts.

8. Arai te Tonga (marae) - The Island's most important marae, or sacred place. It was used for gatherings and prayers.

9. Highland Paradise (guilty rocks) - Cook Island cultural center, where you can learn about the Cook Island Maori culture and history. The guilty rocks are particularly interesting, as those who committed adultery where forced to carry the very large and heavy stones a certain distance.

10. sunset at Titikaveka Beach - During the day a great spot for snorkeling, and in the evening one of the best places to watch the often spectacular sunset!
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10. Maungapu
At 124 m, Maungapu is the highest point on Aitutaki. A short 30-minute hike to the top affords spectacular views over the lagoon and lush, palm-studded landscape. A sign on the road opposite Paradise Cove marks the trailhead, and the track is marked on the free maps available on the island.

9. Aroa Marine Reserve
Sheltered by the outlying reef on Rarotonga's west coast, the crystal clear waters of the Aroa Marine Reserve are excellent for snorkeling. Parrot fish, Moorish idols, wrasse, and angelfish are just some of the species snorkelers might spot here, and the lagoon is off-limits to motorized boats making it especially safe for swimming and snorkeling with small children. Kayaking is also a popular pursuit.

8. Cook Islands Cultural Village
Encompassing five acres of lush tropical gardens, the Cook Islands Cultural Village gives visitors a feel for traditional island life. Coconut husking, cooking, fishing, dancing, carving, weaving, and Maori bush medicine are just some of the activities visitors can learn about on the Cultural Village Tour. The packages include a meal and dance show.

7. Avarua
Situated on the north coast of Rarotonga, Avarua is the capital of the Cook Islands. This relaxed little town has a friendly feel, and visitors will find shops, restaurants, and several tourist attractions here. On Sunday mornings, the sweet strains of Maori hymns waft from the CICC (Cook Islands Christian Church). Dating from 1853, the church is made of coral, and some of the island's most famous people are buried in its graveyard, including the first prime minister of the Cook Islands. The Cook Islands Library and Museum Society houses a collection of rare books on the Pacific, and the museum offers a glimpse of the cultural history of the islands.

6. Arorangi
Arorangi is a small village on the west side of the island. It was the first missionary village on Rarotonga. Today sightseers can visit the Cook Island Christian Churchdating from 1849 and view a monument to the island's first missionary, Papeiha. Arorangi Beach is a beautiful spot to bask on the sand by day and watch the sun sink into the sea at dusk.

5. Cross Island Walk (The Needle)
The cross-island walk is a great way to explore Rarotonga's lush scenery. The trail leads from the north coast up to the pinnacle rock Te Rua Manga and then via Wigmore's Falls to the south coast. The falls are beautiful after heavy rain with a pool at their base, but the cascades slow to a trickle during the dry season.

4. Titikaveka Beach
On the southwest coast of Rarotonga, pretty Titikaveka Beach and lagoon is one of the island's best areas to swim and snorkel. The water is often so clear that swimmers need only stand in the lagoon to spot colorful fish. Snorkelers will find a plethora of marine life around the many coral heads, and the lagoon is dotted with blue sea stars.

3. Muri Beach
On the southeast coast of Rarotonga, Muri Beach or Muri Lagoon, as it is sometimes called, is one of the most popular and picturesque beaches on the island. Crystal clear shallows stretch into dreamy shades of aquamarine, and snorkelers can see coral and many species of tropical fish. Four offshore islets, called motu, shimmer on the horizon, enhancing the beauty of the area.

2. Tapuaetai (One Foot Island)
Fringed by gently curving coconut palms, beautiful Tapuaetai, or One Foot Island as it is more commonly known, is the most visited of Aitutaki's motu, and for good reason. This stunning island is worthy of most people's wildest tropical fantasies. Beach-lovers can bask on its beautiful white sands, wade and snorkel in the turquoise lagoon, and even get their passport stamped at the tiny post office.

1. Aitutaki Lagoon
Aitutaki's main attraction is the large picture-perfect lagoon with translucent turquoise water. Twenty-one small islands (motu) dot the outer edge of the lagoon, some of which can be visited on cruises or tours. Kayaking is also a great way to explore these tiny islets. The small island of Maina in the southwest corner of the lagoon offers excellent snorkeling opportunities and is home to a beautiful sandbar known as Honeymoon Island.

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About the Cook Islands

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Situated at the very centre of Polynesia, the Cook Islands is an archipelago nation comprised of 15 islands. It is spread across an area in the South Pacific, three times the size of Texas..


Supremely beautiful, with pristine white sands fringed by coconut palms, the Cook Islands possess a castaway island magic and yet is only a four hour flight from New Zealand.

According to legend, these tiny islands, dotted amongst the vast ocean, were discovered thousands of years ago by the very finest Polynesian seafarers. Guided by the stars and using other sophisticated navigation techniques, they landed their legendary double hulled Vakas and set about creating paradise.

It is a rhythm you’ll feel as soon as you touch down in Raratonga, the largest island in the group.
You could easily drive around this sparkling island in half an hour if you hurry, but that’s the charm of the Cook Islands….. no one does.

It has been almost 250 years since Captain Cook became the first European to discover these islands and yet there is a gentle timelessness that endures here.

Come and discover the generous rhythm and warm hospitality of the Cook Islands for yourself.
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1. Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa *****
2. Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas *****
3. Te Vakaroa Villas *****
4. Crown Beach Resort & Spa *****
5. Muri Beach Hideaway ****
6. Magic Reef Bungalows ****
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10. Little Polynesian Resort ****

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1. Muri, Rarotonga, Muri, N/A Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Overlooking the beautiful Muri Lagoon, Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa offer 5-star accommodation with a private pool and patio. Guests enjoy free use of kayaks, snorkelling gear, beach towels and sun loungers.
2. Muri, Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Inspired by the turquoise water of Muri Lagoon, Crystal Blue Lagoon boasts stylish modern villas with an idyllic beachfront location. This tranquil retreat features an infinity pool with breathtaking sea views. All villas boast a patio.
3. Muri Beach Road, Muri, 3050 Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Te Vakaroa offers a choice of 6 luxurious villas with stunning views of Muri Lagoon. Each villa has a large private patio that overlooks the infinity swimming pool and relaxing spa pool.
4. Beach Road, Sunset Coast, Arorangi, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Set on 5 acres of lovely gardens, this adults-only Crown Resort & Spa features luxurious suites and villas with balconies in tranquil surroundings with access to the beach. It has 3 restaurants, a scuba dive center, fitness center and outdoor swimming pool.
5. Muri, Muri, 0000 Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Muri Beach Hideway offers a tropical island escape, with a variety of self-contained accommodation options. Located on Rarotonga's beautiful Muri Beach, all accommodation offers a private balcony or patio. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, BBQ facilities, and free use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment.
6. Main Road, Arorangi, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Magic Reef Resort offers Polynesian-style bungalows in a great location right on the beach in Rarotonga. This little resort offers spacious accommodations with great ocean views.
7. Muri Beach, Ngatangiia, Muri, 3050 Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Muri Beach Club Hotel is ideally located on the beachfront at Muri Lagoon. Beachfront rooms have stunning views of the lagoon and off-shore islands.
8. Arorangi, Arorangi, 121 Rarotonga, Cook Islands
On 6 acres of lush, tropical beachfront grounds on the sheltered western coast of Rarotonga, the Edgewater Resort & Spa is only a 5-minute drive from the International Airport and 4.8 km from Avarua township. The Resort provides free on-site parking.
9. Main Rd, Muri, Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Guests at Nautilus Resort can cool off in their private plunge pool or swim in the larger resort pool. Each villa or suite also offers a balcony with sea or garden views.
10. Main Road, Titikaveka, Titikaveka, 000 Rarotonga, Cook Islands
The Little Polynesian Resort is a small boutique hotel, situated directly on a white sandy beach. The resort offers bungalow style accommodation, beautiful gardens and a great beach.

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What tourists eat in Cook Islands is quite different than what the locals eat. So, what is the most popular Cook Islands food that people eat here?

Surprisingly, there are some laid back and cheap places to eat in Cook Islands, and I visited a few of them.

These take-away places are scattered everywhere throughout the island. In Rarotonga, I visited the popular Sea Salt Takeaway and Rarotonga Chicken, which are two of the most popular places to eat on the island.

WARNING: Beware of the actual LIVE chickens while eating in some Cook Islands restaurants. They will try to steal your food, and one hen managed to do just that and have a peck of my lunch.

Basically, Cook Islanders are like the rest of us - and when they go out to eat, they like fast food too.

But if you want to check out some of the traditional foods of Cook Islands, there's lots of places to do that. To learn more, check out our handy guide: Cook Islands Food – Design a Do It Yourself Polynesian Food Tour at:



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