Cook Islands Travel Guide


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Plan Your Cook Islands Vacation

The Cook Islands are 15 tiny specks in the South Pacific, between Samoa and French Polynesia. The inhabitants are Polynesian and the islands are both volcanic and what's known as "near atolls"—landmasses made up mostly of a lagoon fringed by little islands (motus). Rarotonga is a mini-Tahiti with jungle-covered peaks, fringing reef and lagoon; Aitutaki is the archetypal tropical paradise and appears in the majority of travel brochures. Muri Lagoon (Rarotonga) and One Food Island (Aitutaki) are dreamy spots with warm water, powdery sand, and swaying palm trees.


Cook Islands Hotels

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Cook Islands Restaurants

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Things To Do

Things To Do in Cook Islands

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


Cook Islands Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Get Away From it All: Rarotonga, The Cook Islands' principal landmass, is a cool 700 miles southeast of Tahiti, its nearest... Read more


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