The Cook Islands are located in the South Pacific within the same time zone as Hawaii, and the same distance south of the equator as Hawaii is north. These 15 islands are an uncommercial paradise, boasting pristine beauty and true cultural authenticity. The Cook Islands are made up of 15 islands scattered across 2 million square kilometers of Pacific Ocean - that's twice the size of British Columbia.
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It's the accessibility and ease of everything that makes Rarotonga so different from other South Pacific island destinations.
Just 32 kilometers in circumference, you can drive around the island in under an hour. With a wide range of scenery, activities, accommodation, restaurants and cafes, no matter where you are or what you want to do, Rarotonga is like one big resort.
Only a 45 minute flight from Rarotonga, "...hands down, Aitutaki is the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life." - MJ Day Seniory Editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.Learn More
With an emerald green main island, Aitutaki is undisputedly, one of the most beautiful of all South Pacific destinations.
Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet, has said Aitutaki boasts, "the world's most beautiful lagoon." Cruise atop the stunning turqoise water, and have your passport stamped on One Foot Island, an uninhabited islet.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
For the truly adventurous in spirit, the undeveloped outer islands have a remote, unspoiled appeal for the explorer, author and artist in all of us. Seven sister islands are in the rest of the southern group and six more lie to the north. Some are accessible by local flights, all are accessible by boat occasionally. Off the beaten track, and spread over 2 million square km of the South Pacific Ocean, their uniqueness and timelessness are their own reward.
There are few places left in the world like Atiu, an island over 8 million years old - ancient, remote, and lush with dense rainforests and coastal bush. Known as the land of the birds, Atiu is about half the size of Rarotonga. Villages are in the central plateau where soil is rich, and some of the best coffee in the entire Pacific Rim is organically grown.
Mangaia is traditionally known as Auau enua. Geologists estimated the island at over 18 million years old, making it the oldest island in the entire Pacific. Mangaia is the second largest and southernmost island of the Cooks. This island is made up of raised limestone coral, peppered with numerous caves that stretch into giant underground caverns.
The traditional name for Mauke is Akatokamanava which translates to "where my heart rests. It's a fitting name for this little garden of Eden, as many visitors find the island takes hold of their heart on arrival. Often described as the garden island of the Cook Islands, it is hugged by a close reef where everyday locals can be seen catching their evening dinner.
Does sleeping under a kikau thatched roof with the sound of waves rolling in seem like the ultimate island escape? Also known as Nukuroa, Mitiaro is one of the most beautiful, yet remote islands in the Pacific.Mitiaro has a distinctive history, plus the unique appeal of some of the most stunning subterranean limestone pools and caves in Polynesia.
Our Other Islands
If you're looking to truly fly under the radar and off the grid, our outer islands are a wayfarer's fantasy. The journey to get to our more secluded islands is an adventure in itself, and the remote paradise that awaits you is worth the trek.Learn More