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The Cook Islands
A visit to the Cook Islands is a visit to paradise. This collection of South Sea islands has its own very special magic. The scent of frangipani lingers in the air, clear turquoise waters gently stroke bleached shores, the wind whispers and rustles through the waving fronds of the coconut palms and the Cook Islanders themselves are friendliness itself, greeting all visitors with a warm “Kia Orana”. The pace of life here is easy, a magical atmosphere that invites relaxation.
The best kept secret in the South Pacific is the Cook Islands. Located directly south of the Hawaiian Islands and approximately 1 hour’s flight from Tahiti. Its in the same time zone as Hawaii.
The Cook Islands are made up of 15 islands scattered over 2.5 million square miles of ocean. The two main islands visited are Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Another beautiful outer island to explore is Aitu. All but two islands in the group, are accessible by air, and are frequented by visitors.
Nightlife is lively in Rarotonga, with clubs and pubs offering dancing, drinking and fun ’till 2am some nights. The Cook Islanders are among the South Pacific’s most lively practitioners of native dance..not to be missed.
The lagoon’s waters teem with marine life, including rays, bonefish and turtles. Boats run to small uninhabited islands called motu, including tiny Tapuaetai, known for its white sand beaches.
Depending on how many people are traveling with you and if you seek a beachfront villa to house everyone, or stand-alone boutique hotel, we can make recommendations.
Our favorite properties in Rarotonga are: Nautilus Resort, Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa, Crown Beach Resort, Little Polynesian, Pacific Resort, TeVakaroa Villas and Muri Beachcomber.
On Aitutaki – Aitutaki Lagoon Resort, Tamanu and The Pacific Resort where you witness the best sunsets.
Rain clouds usually hang around Rarotonga’s mountain peaks, even during the dry and coolest months -June to August, while November to March marks the warmer, more humid season, and also has the highest rainfall with occasional tropical showers expected. This is also the cyclone season.
The dryer months from April to November.
In short, there is no bad time weather-wise to visit the Cook Islands, although the shoulder months of April, May, September, and October usually provide the best combination of sunshine and warmth.
Schedule – (subject to change)
• Los Angeles to Rarotonga on NZ19, departing at 11:30pm Saturday, Arrive at 6:30am Sunday
• Rarotonga to Los Angeles on NZ18, departing at 11:50pm Friday, Arrive at 12:35pm Saturday
We recommend a Southbound stop in the Cook’s enroute to Auckland, New Zealand or to Sydney, Australia.
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