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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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.
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.
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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Avarua is a town and district in the north of the island of Rarotonga and is the national capital of the Cook Islands.
The town is served by Rarotonga International Airport and Avatiu Harbour. The population of Avarua District is 5,445.
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The volcanic island of Rarotonga stands over 14,750 feet (4,500 meters) above the ocean floor. It is 32 km (20 miles) in circumference and has an area of 67.19 km2 (26 square miles). At a depth of 4,000 m (13,000 ft) the volcano is nearly 50 km (31 miles) in diameter. Te Manga, at 658 m (2,140 ft) above sea level, is the highest peak on the island.
The island is surrounded by a lagoon, which often extends more than a hundred metres to the reef, then slopes steeply to deep water. The reef fronts the shore to the north of the island, making the lagoon there unsuitable for swimming and water sports, but to the south east, particularly around Muri, the lagoon is at its widest and deepest. This part of the island is the most popular with tourists for swimming, snorkelling and boating. Agricultural terraces, flats and swamps surround the central mountain area
The Cook Islands is a nation in the South Pacific, with political links to New Zealand. Its 15 islands are scattered over a vast area. The largest island, Rarotonga, is home to rugged mountains and Avarua, the national capital. To the north, Aitutaki Island has a vast lagoon encircled by coral reefs and small, sandy islets. The country is renowned for its many snorkeling and scuba-diving sites.
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Where to eat in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
So guys, this is the final video in our 3-part Rarotonga vlog series! It's safe to say that food in Rarotonga really exceeded our expectations. The fish was so fresh it felt like it was caught only a few hours before it reached our plates. Check out this episode to find out all the great local spots that we managed to hit up during our time in the Cook Islands.
We're sure there were a bunch of other fantastic spots that we missed out on, but guess that means we'll just need to make another trip back to Raro one day :) If you're from Rarotonga or you've been there before, let us know where else we should try next time we visit the Cook Islands.
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1. Charlies Cafe and Beach Hire - Awesome lil spot. You can either get a mean feed or rent a kayak and snorkel to venture out into the beach which is right next door. Their sandwiches are huge!
Address: Ara Tapu, Takitumu District, Cook Islands
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11am–9pm
2. Trader Jacks - Just the thought of this place still brings smiles to our faces. The crayfish tail we had was so good we came here a second time and ordered the same dish. Peter also got the ika mata here (not shown in the video unfortunately) but believe us, it was amazing!
Address: Ara Tapu, Avarua District, Cook Islands
Hours: Monday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
3. The Waterline Restaurant and Beach Bar - One of the most beautifully located restaurants we went to during our stay in Rarotonga. Right next to the beach and in a charming wooden beach hutt. Also houses the best pina colada Peter has ever had.
Address: Arorangi, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Lunch - Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner - Tuesday - Sunday from 6pm till late
4. The Mooring Fish Cafe - We heard from our Cook Island friends that this is where locals from Rarotonga go to get a great lunch.
Address: Avana Fishing Club near Ngatangiia District, Cook Islands
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:30am–3:30pm
5. Bite Time Cafe - This place surprised us with the quality of the ika mata and tuna. We ended up eating here after the Raemaru trek which you can see the whole video in:
Address: Avarua District, Cook Islands
Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:30am–9pm
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Top10 Recommended Hotels in Arutanga, Aitutaki, Cook Islands: 1. Pacific Resort Aitutaki *****
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1. Amuri, Arutanga, Cook Islands, Price range $567 - $1014
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. The Pacific Resort is a luxury 5-star resort on the island of Aitutaki. This hideaway resort offers private beachfront accommodations, beautiful lagoon views and great spa facilities.
2. Motu Akitua, Aitutaki, 000 Arutanga, Cook Islands, Price range $353 - $663
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Situated on its own private island, this luxury resort offers beach-front and over-water bungalows with panoramic views of Aitutaki Lagoon. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, day spa and beachfront pool.
3. P.O. Box 123, 12345 Arutanga, Cook Islands, Price range $354 - $575
Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas offers relaxing beachside boutique villas on Aitutaki Island. Rustic wood furnishings, stunning ocean views and lovely tropical gardens add to the charm of this secluded property.
4. PO Box 103, 00000 Arutanga, Cook Islands, Price range $659 - $1247
This waterfront property offers beautifully appointed luxury villas, designed for maximum privacy and relaxation. Each has a beachside patio, private swimming pool, air conditioning and stunning lagoon views.
5. Main Road, Amuri Village, 0000 Arutanga, Cook Islands, Price range $278 - $582
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Boasting beautiful sea or garden views from your private verandah, Tamanu Beach features a beachfront restaurant and bar and a private beach area. Guests enjoy free use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment and a free tropical breakfast daily.
6. Amuri, P.O.Box 79 Arutanga, Cook Islands, Price range $133 - $192
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Set alongside Aitutaki Lagoon, this resort offers 3 beachfront bungalows. Aitutaki Seaside Lodges is located in Amuri, 5 minutes' drive from Aitutaki Airport.
7. Ootu Beach, Aitutaki, 0000 Arutanga, Cook Islands, Price range $227 - $304
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Aitutaki Village is located on the white-sandy beach of Ootu. The Blue Lagoon Restaurant and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring a special Cultural Night on Tuesday evenings. Sip cocktails and enjoy the sunset view at the bar.
8. Aratea, Arutanga, Cook Islands,
Set opposite Aitutaki's beautiful turquoise lagoon, Vaiorea Beach House boasts beautiful ocean views and direct beach access. This beachfront villa provides a secluded setting, ideally located to enjoy the beach.
9. Amuri, Arutanga, Cook Islands, Price range $70 - $87
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located on a white sandy beach, Amuri Sands offers charming, self-contained waterfront bungalows with a private balcony and stunning, uninterrupted views of the lagoon and ocean. The property offers free snorkelling and a free airport shuttle.
10. PO Box 32, Amuri, Arutanga, Cook Islands, Price range $85 - $90
Matriki Beach Huts provide absolute beachfront accommodation on the sunset side of the island. You can enjoy snorkelling from the beautiful white sand beach right at the front of the property.
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands, travel guide for 2020
In this video, we take you on a tour of Rarotonga, located in the Cook Islands. This video will serve you as a travel guide for Rarotonga in 2020.
We will show you where to get the best coffee in Rarotonga and the best restaurants in Rarotonga.
We will also show you different recreational and water activities that are available in Rarotonga.
Rarotonga is one island that makes up the Cook Islands, it is their main and most populated island and has an international airport. The currency in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands in the New Zealand Dollar.
The Cook Islands is in the South Pacific, it has 15 islands. The largest island, Rarotonga, in the north, Aitutaki Island has a large lagoon encircled by coral reefs and small sandy isles. The country's best snorkeling and diving we have ever experienced in our life.
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Be as active or relaxed as you like in our aquatic playground. Try lagoon sailing, kayak or canoe paddling, stand up paddle boarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, sea scootering, surfing or body boarding. Adventure further with glass bottom lagoon cruises with BBQ lunch, ocean cruises and deep sea fishing.
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Having visited Hawaii a number of times, we hunted for an island destination with a more chilled out vibe, less tourism, and friendly people. We come across the Cook Islands and decided to book after looking at numerous videos and reading various guidebooks.
We travelled from London Via LAX, and then onward to Raro. Our return journey saw us carry on in the same direction, to Auckland, then Via Singapore to London!
We stayed on the largest island 'Rarotonga' but also paid a visit to Aitutaki, one of the most stunning places I have ever seen. We went fishing, kayaking, hiking, snorkelling and had an amazing time meeting some amazing people! The Cook Islands is an archipelago nation comprised of 15 islands in the central South Pacific. Spread over 2 million sq km, they are remote but still accessible, modern yet traditional. Rarotonga is the largest of them all, where volcanic peaks, ridges and rainforest dominate its beautiful interior. Kia orana!
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands - A View from Above
A little paradise means Aitutaki, home to approximately 1800 people and the world’s most beautiful lagoon. It's only 220 km or a 45-minute flight from Rarotonga. Secluded and romantic, 15 motus (islets) are sprinkled across this huge turquoise, sunlit lagoon.
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