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Cook Islands Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Cook Islands hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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Cook Islands Vacation Packages

Hike up mountains, swim in blue lagoons and go on wildlife-spotting adventures in this island country in the South Pacific Ocean.

Spread across a large ocean expanse between New Zealand and Hawaii are the 15 tiny Cook Islands. With rainforests tumbling down to coral-fringed beaches, crystal-blue lagoons filled with tropical fish and high mountain scenery, nature is the big attraction. Swim in warm waters, sunbathe on powdery white sands, hike up forested mountains and watch migratory whales pass by.

Most visitors arrive on Rarotonga. The archipelago’s principal island is the only one with an international airport. Stay for a few days to enjoy its attractions. Go for a scenic drive along the 20-mile (32-kilometer) coastal road that encircles the island. Swim, fish, dive and snorkel in the blue lagoon that surrounds Rarotonga. Hike up Raemaru, the flat-top mountain on the west side of the island. 

Travel to some of the other Cook Islands by using the inter-island air services. There are no scheduled ferry services between the inhabited islands. There are inter-island cargo ships, but the service is sporadic.

Take the 1-hour flight from Rarotonga to its nearest neighbor, Aitutaki, for plenty of watersports in its lagoon. Explore the ancient caves on Mangaia and dive among the corals off Palmerston Island. Nearby Atiu Island is home to numerous bird species including the blue kingfisher, brown booby and the rare kopeka. This is a perfect place to become a birdwatcher if you aren’t one already. While you are here, tour the Atiu Coffee Factory and its plantations.

The 850,000 square miles (2.2 million square kilometers) of ocean around the Cook Islands have been designated a whale sanctuary. From July to October, humpback whales pass the islands on their annual migratory route. Head out to sea on a whale-watching trip or stay on land to catch sight of the large marine mammals. They are often spotted from the shores of any of the islands. 

The Cook Islands have a tropical climate that’s warm year-round. This beautiful setting attracts many honeymooners and other vacationers for its wildlife, scenery and tranquility.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Cook Islands?

A: When you reach Cook Islands, it's likely you'll be reunited with your checked-in belongings at Rarotonga (RAR-Rarotonga Intl.). This leading airport services 17 international flights every month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Cook Islands?

A: You're spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodations in Cook Islands. The most popular style are private vacation homes. But if that doesn't suit, you can also pick from villas, hotel resorts, hotels and much, much more.

Q: What does a Cook Islands vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: Attractions and experiences nearby? Check. Airfares? Yes. A cool set of wheels? You bet. And after a big day of traveling, you'll be eager for a nice place where you can sleep. We've got it all covered. Book what you want and get ready for a memorable Cook Islands adventure.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Cook Islands?

A: Did you know Expedia handsomely rewards you simply for bundling your Flights, Hotels, Activities and more? Start crafting your perfect vacation and discover just how much you'll save by choosing a package. Watch out Cook Islands, here you come!

*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.


Best Lodging Options Near Cook Islands

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Sunrise Beach Bungalows $56
Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020
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Sunrise Beach Bungalows

Sunrise Beach Bungalows

Main Road, Ngatangiia – Muri, Rarotonga
     
    3.7 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Its quite and private, the pool is nice and big. Karen the owner, is very nice and friendly, she lives on the property so it was very easy to check in and check out.

    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium $115
    Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020
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    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

    Aroa Beach Marine Reserve, Arorangi, Ara Tapu Rd, Rarotonga
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Awesome place to stay. Friendly staff and lovely surroundings.

      Pacific Resort Aitutaki $686
      Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020
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      Pacific Resort Aitutaki

      Pacific Resort Aitutaki

      Amuri, Aitutaki
         
        4.6 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        breathing taking lagoon, beautiful property, excellent service.

        Crown Beach Resort & Spa
        Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020
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        Crown Beach Resort & Spa

        Crown Beach Resort & Spa

        Rarotonga Ring-Road, Arorangi, Sunset Coast Rarotonga, Rarotonga
           
          4.3 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          From airport transfers to checking out. The whole stay was incredible. . Really get to meet what local life in Rarotonga is like . . The food in the Lazy Trout Cafe was excellent. . . Great Stay

          Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
          Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020
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          Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa

          Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa

          Avarua, PO Box 790 , Rarotonga
             
            4.7 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Everything about Te Manava is AMAZING! The villas are spacious, equipped with everything you could possibly need, private, and CLEAN. Staying at Te Manava was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip and having Jane there to help with ALL my questions made it that much better. Bonuses: - Laundy ...

            Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only $300
            Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020
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            Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only

            Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only

            Aitutaki Lagoon, Motu Akitua, Akitua Island
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Superb Location. Bicycles provided by resort need a serious update.

              Your own Ocean Front Bach $116
              Reviewed on Apr 4, 2020
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              Your own Ocean Front Bach

              Your own Ocean Front Bach

              Rarotonga, Tupapa
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great spot next to the ocean - awesome view from the deck. It's not really a swimming beach but there's plenty of great beaches around the island to swim at anyway. Perfect spot for relaxing, we had a great week here.

                The Edgewater Resort and Spa $123
                Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020
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                The Edgewater Resort and Spa

                The Edgewater Resort and Spa

                Avarua, Rarotonga
                   
                  3.8 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Love the laid back easy comfort of Edgewater. Interesting mix of visitors from all over the world. Staff are wonderful & very friendly. Close proximity to other resorts, bars & restaurants. Walking distance along the beach or road. We have stsyed many times at Edgewater & will certainly return.

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