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 largest island in the Cook’s is Rarotonga, home to rugged mountains and Avarua, the national capital. To the north is Aitutaki Island which has a vast lagoon encircled by coral reefs and small, sandy islets.
Discover the Cook Islands with a “stopover” enroute to New Zealand or Australia.
STOPOVER PACKAGE – 5 days / 4 nights
Upscale/First Class: Price from US$2,369.00 per person
Highlights: 3 nights AITUTAKI LAGOON RESORT Beachfront Bungalow, 1 night Rarotonga at MURI BEACHCOMBER Seaview Room; Breakfast daily; Inter-island flights; all airport /hotel transfers, a ‘must do’ day lagoon cruise aboard the 21 meter Polynesian style Vaka with snorkeling, a guided walk & lunch; an interactive Aitutaki Cultural Tour & Govt Tax.
Fly RAROTONGA to AITUTAKI where you are met and transferred to your Resort.
Today you will experience the beauty and the bounty of the lagoon and surrounding waters on the Vaka Titi ai Tonga.
Cruise the beautiful Aitutaki Lagoon on aboard the 21-meter Polynesian style Vaka styled on the vessels of ancient Polynesian voyagers, but with some modern comforts. This superb cruise takes you to two fantastic, remote islets and a snorkeling area where you can feed tropical fish and see giant clams. Enjoy a substantial barbecue lunch. Towels, snorkels, masks and fins provided. Friendly staff are on hand to help you and share their knowledge of this fascinating environment.
Interact and discover the hidden culture, history, skills, art and beliefs of the island of Aitutaki.
Participate in various activities such as learning basit Cook Island dance, weaving coconut tree fronds, preparing the traditional Umu Kai (underground oven) and much more. Guide will show you old remedy of how to make traditional medicines, learn about traditional sports and purpose of the site and what life was like back when Christianity first arrived to Aitutaki.
Take a bicycle tour or rent a scooter or circumnavigate the island on a local bus. The island is 21 miles around, and very scenic. The buses operate – Clockwise and Anti Clockwise so you can’t get lost.
Every Saturday morning – be sure to visit the local Punanga Nui Cultural Markets – have a cultural experience and shop where the locals do! Depart Rarotonga late this evening on Air New Zealand award winning flight, northbound to the USA or southbound to New Zealand or Australia.
** If you only have one week, you can do a 5 night/7 day package from the USA.
*** Stopover packages available Northbound or Southbound from Sydney, Australia or Auckland, New Zealand.