Sugary beaches, endless sunshine, and delightful smiles only begin to sum up the pleasures of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. These beautiful atolls give way to unbelievable sights, blessed by the lovely weather overpowering their atmospheres. Speckled along the South Pacific Ocean, the Cook Islands are vividly beautified with the allure of natural wonders as the call of the drum beats melodiously ear shot away. They also bring ancient Polynesian traditions to life with artistry flowing from the veins of their passionate locals. The islands are a heaven for lovebirds, a playground for swimmers, as well as a home to history, where time effortlessly sits still. Whether needing a destination to recharge your batteries or a thrilling experience, the Cook Islands have everything located within its 15 islands. So leave your cares at home and bask in the comfort of the Pacific as it gently soaks away the stresses of tomorrow.
The Cook Islands consists of 15 picturesque coral and volcanic beauties, each drawing a multitude of travelers under their magical spell. Placed in the heart of Polynesia, the islands are seductively dotted in between New Zealand and Hawaii and divided into two groups: southern group (Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Atiu, Mitiaro, Mangaia, Takutea, Manuae, Mauke, and Palmerston); northern group (Pukapuka, Penrhyn, Manhiki, Rakahanga, Suwarrow, and Nassau). The Polynesian heritage of the Cook Islands embraces the past, while awakening the spirit with its charisma. Named after the famous Captain James Cook, the islands’ history was breathed into the vigorous explorations and migrations of those who were seduced by the islands’ idyllic appeal. This charm still exists today, beckoning even the most strong-minded traveler into the depths of the ocean and through the mystical caves of Atiu by unraveling their visitors’ deepest desires.
The Cook Islands also flatter tourists with a culture that is unique to any other destination. From vibrant hats and mats to tattoos and wood carvings, the skills of the eccentrically dressed natives can be seen from miles away. The Polynesian heritage is also celebrated through music, echoed from churches on bright Sunday mornings to festivals radiantly decorating the streets. Much of the islands’ traditions can become a cherished souvenir as its shops welcome all shopaholics into their realm filled to the brim with authentic treasures.
The gastronomy of the islands is a must have! The restaurants throughout the Cook Islands are where you will find great food as well as local entertainment. Infused by Polynesian and European influence, there is a treat that will tantalize every pallet. The Pacific Village Café of Rarotonga overflows with the scents of mussels, Marlin, as well as French and Italian cheeses. The Boat Shed in Aitutaki offers a blend of Asian delicacies and seafood, deliciously prepared to knock your socks off.
The Cook Islands is characterized by a tropical rainforest climate. From December to April (summer), the islands experience a high temperature slightly below 90 °F and a low around 75 °F. During the months of June to October (winter) the weather between a high of 80 °F to a low of 70 °F.
With no traffic lights in sight, travelling throughout the islands is the best time to soak in the scenery and breathe in the refreshing atmosphere. Car and scooter rentals are accessible in Aitutaki and Rarotonga. Taxis also make getting around the islands fast and convenient.