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Scooter ride down the Wigmore Waterfalls, Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Photo Credit: David Kirkland
Beach Hutt in Aitutaki, Cook Islands | Photo Credit: Craig OwenRarotonga, Cook Islands | Photo Credit: David Kirkland

Stop Over in the Cook Islands

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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.

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Kia Orana, Welcome to the Cook Islands. Meet and Greet with flower lei at airport before being transferred to your connecting flight.

Fly RAROTONGA to AITUTAKI where you are met and transferred to your Resort.

Vaka Lagoon Cruise.   Snorkeling, BBQ Lunch, entertainment & guided walk.

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.

Punarei Cultural Tour with lunch.

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.

Transfer to the airport.  Fly AITUTAKI to RAROTONGA where you have the balance of your day at leisure.

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.

Check-out time is 11am. Optional “Late Check-Out” available.

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.

Beach Hutt in Aitutaki, Cook Islands | Photo Credit: Craig Owen

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort
Credit: Craig Owen

 

** 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.

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