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9 Best Things to Do in Cook Islands

Reshma Jirage Aug 21, 2019
Cook Island, known for its natural beauty and wonderful beaches, is a part of South Pacific. The main two islands, Rarotonga and Aitutaki have a number of tourist attractions, which make an enjoyable Cook Islands vacation.
Located at the northeast of New Zealand, the Cook Islands is a group of 15 islands, scattered in a vast area. Due to its beautiful beaches and friendly people, tourism is the most important industry in the Cook Islands. The country is very popular for numerous scuba-diving and snorkeling sites.

Aitutaki Lagoon Tour

This large, picturesque lagoon with tranquil water is the main attraction in Aitutaki. It is bordered with 21 small islands.

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The small island, Maina, is a superb site for snorkeling and bonefishing. You can also enjoy kayaking, swimming and beachcombing in stunning Aitutaki Lagoon.

Tapuaetai (One Foot Island) Tour

Bordered with coconut and palm trees, Tapuaetai or One Foot Island is the most visited Aitutaki’s island.

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This stunning island can fulfill the tropical fantasies of most beach-lovers. You may enjoy sunbathing on soft, white sands or snorkeling in serene lagoon. This island is also a popular wedding destination.

Muri Beach, Rarotonga

Muri is one of the most beautiful beaches of Rarotonga Island. Here, a snorkeler can watch many varieties of colorful tropical fish.

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The blue water gives an amazing swimming experience. Other facilities include paddle boards, water sports equipments and lagoon cruises.

Te Vara Nui Village Tour and Cultural Show

Te Vara Nui Village in Rarotonga offers a glimpse of history and traditional life in Cook Islands. Within a 2-hour guided tour of this village, you can get interesting information about coconut husking, carving, fishing, cooking, weaving and Maori bush medicine.
The locals offer the audience an opportunity to participate in a cultural song and dance performance. Dancing on the Tahitian Beats makes a lifetime experience.

Cross-Island Hike to Te Rua Manga, Rarotonga

Hiking on the cross-island track gives a great opportunity to explore spectacular scenery of Rarotonga.

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This 4-hour-hike trail through a dense forest is from the north coast, leading to Te Rua Manga (The Needle) and then to the south coast via Wigmore’s Waterfall. The expert rock climbers can try climbing the Needle.

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Visit to Arutanga, Aitutaki

Crowded with mango trees and hibiscus flowers, Arutanga is a serene harbor. Cook Islands Christian Church is the main attraction in the city. Constructed in 1828, it is the oldest and most attractive church in Cook Islands.

Titikaveka Beach, Rarotonga

A beautiful Titikaveka Beach is located on the southwest coast of Rarotonga.

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It is one of the best areas for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. The swimmers can see a variety of colorful fish through the crystal clear water. A huge variety of corals and blue sea stars can be a feast for the snorkelers.

Maire Nui Gardens, Rarotonga

The organic Maire Nui Gardens is a short stroll from Titikaveka Beach.
This seven-acre property features numerous tropical flowers, lily-topped ponds, hibiscus, wild ginger and number of palms. After enjoying the delightful stroll through the garden, you can have tasty snacks at open-sided café.

Aroa Marine Reserve, Rarotonga

Located on the west coast of Rarotonga, the Aroa Marine Reserve, with its crystal-clear waters, is the best place for snorkeling.

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The snorkelers can watch various fish species like Moorish idol, parrotfish, angelfish and wrasse. You can also enjoy swimming and kayaking here.