The Cook Islands are surrounded by some of the best beaches and clearest water in the South Pacific.
Watersports such as snorkeling, SCUBA diving, deep sea fishing, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking are very popular.
Hiking and treking through the islands rainforests plus golf, tennis, squash and other sports are available at many resorts.
Don’t forget the cultural activities. Visit a Cook Islands village for shop for handicrafts at a local market. Take a day trip to other islands.
The reef is a favorite place to explore a variety of marine life, and when the tide is low, it is an easy walk in and out, with snorkeling at it’s best.
Many resorts offer snorkel gear on site. Do not miss the beautiful wonders of the underwater corals and marine life of the Cook Islands.
Looking to do some Scuba Diving? Check out our section on Cook Islands Diving.
Walks & Climbs
Get off the beaten path and explore the Cooks!
The most popular hike in Rarotonga is the cross-island mountain trek guided by one of Rarotonga’s most interesting natives, who will point out the flora and fauna, and local myths.
This is a strenuous hike that includes a stop at “The Needle”, a unique rock formation high above Rarotonga – the views are well worth the climb!
There are many other trails that go off the main island road. You can park at the bottom and head up the path to beautiful scenic stops.
Sailing & Windsurfing
Windsurfers, sailboats and catamarans are available for hire. The Rarotonga Sailing Club at Muri Beach welcomes all visitors.
Tennis and Squash
Several of the hotels have good quality tennis facilities, and some offer tennis coaching. Squash courts are also available for hire.
The Rarotonga Golf Club welcomes visitors to its picturesque 9-hole course at Black Rock. Some unique hazards make this a must for golf fans. Clubs are available for hire.
Rarotonga offers an interesting variety of restaurants to tempt your taste buds.
There are over 20 restaurants, including some located at resorts, high-class eateries, and friendly “island style” cafes. The selections range from superb continental cuisine, to family selections of Chinese, Indian, Italian, seafood and steaks.
A must is an Island Night show that features traditional “umukai” feasts with succulent food cooked island style in an underground oven- a very special taste!
Deep Sea Fishing
You can charter a boat, head to the outer reefs, and spend an exciting day deep sea fishing.
Head into town on Saturday morning and experience the wonderful local Market Day. Walk around, taste locally produced food, check out the fresh fruits and vegetables, local handicrafts, and locally caught seafood. Share the Market experience with your Cook Island friends.
4WD Inland Tour
Explore the inland heights of Rarotonga via 4WD vehicles. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the inland road.
Cultural Village Tour
Visit the local village at work. You will see traditional Maori methods of cooking, farming, medicine, fishing, carving, costume making, and hear traditional folk lore. Enjoy lunch and a Cooks dance/song presentation.
Aitutaki Day Trip
Can’t make it for an overnight stay in Aitutaki? Visit this most beautiful of islands for a day trip.
Your day trip begins with a morning transfer to the airport, where you board one of the prettiest inter-island flights you will ever experience.
Once on Aitutaki, you will enjoy a circle island tour, with a stop at the market in town. Board a boat for a lagoon cruise and lunch. Put on your snorkel gear and hop in!
A trip to the Cook Islands is just not complete without a visit to Aitutaki.