Cook Islands, which is located between French Polynesia and American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean, consists of 15 small islands that are perfect for those who want to go on honeymoon or a luxurious holiday.
However, if you are on a budget, don’t worry because you can still enjoy this destination.
The Southern group of islands comprises of Aitutaki, Mangaia, Palmerston, Takutea, Rarotonga, Atiu, Mitiaro, Mauke and Manuae (uninhabited). Among these, we would recommend you visit Aitutaki and Rarotonga because they can be easily accessed and have the most infrastructure.
If you want to see beautiful limestone caves and great diving spots, Atiu is the ideal place to go. Both Atiu and Mangaia—which is the second biggest island—are pretty much unspoiled. For those who want some peace and quiet, these remote islands are the must-visit spots. However, you should also manage your expectations because the infrastructure in these islands are basic and feature simple accommodation.
Meanwhile, the Northern group includes Pukapuka, Nassau, Penrhyn, Manihiki, Suwarrow and Rakahanga. However, these islands cannot be easily visited and traveling to these islands can be very expensive.
Although mass market tourism is not prevalent in the Cook Islands, there is a pretty impressive bunch of boutique resorts that can offer tourists a luxurious retreat. If the accommodation you choose has a kitchen, you can also cook your own meals using local produce. In the local markets, you will find a wide variety of local vegetables and fruits, as well as fish that is sold at affordable prices.
While the restaurants in hotels do not frequently cook local dishes, they typically hold regular island night buffets and barbecues. Also, you may be invited to a traditional local feast cooked underground which is called Umukai. As for the drinks, some of the must-try beverages are kava and tumunu which is a kind of beer brewed from oranges.
Now you’ve got some great ideas for your trip, don’t forget to arrange travel insurance as soon as you’ve made a booking. Get a quote today or call one of our friendly team on 1300 819 888 to discuss your requirements.