Cook Islands

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The Cook Islands

What is your dream Cook Islands destination? Is it the lush green main island of Rarotonga with its signature volcanic pinnacle? Or is it tiny Aitutaki, a mere seven-square miles of sand and jungle warmed by the South Pacific sun and surrounded by what might be the world’s most perfect lagoon? Why not visit both? With one of the Cook Islands travel packages from Islands In The Sun, island hopping in the warm, welcoming, English-speaking Cooks is a breeze.

You’ll arrive on Rarotonga, the hub of tourism and commerce, and be transferred to your resort via the sole paved road, which encircles the island for 20 miles without a single traffic light. Beach-fringed and notable for its acres of coconut, banana, pineapple and papaya, Rarotonga is a Polynesian Garden of Eden ideal for exploring on foot (you can do so on a trek with local medicine man Pa). And the island’s lagoon teems with sea-life, making it ideal for snorkeling and diving. Come evening, attention turns to Cook Islanders’ favorite pastime: music. Drums beat, coconut-shell ukuleles play and hips shake like you’ve never seen before.

Arriving on palm-fringed Aitutaki is like taking a long deep breath and suddenly feeling 10 years younger. This is South Pacific simplicity at it best: old school Polynesian ambience (overwater bungalows) combined with modern hospitality (spas, golf) and a blue lagoon that youlll be unable to stop staring at. We promise.

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The Cook Islands are 15 islands located halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean.

How to Get There

The Cooks are a 9 hour and 25 minute flight nonstop from Los Angeles (LAX) to Rarotonga (RAR) flying on Air New Zealand.

Inter-Island Travel

The “Island Bus” offers a convenient, low cost way to get around, operating around the island (in both directions). It will pick you up and set you down anywhere you like.

You can rent a car, scooter or bicycle, catch a bus, or organize transfers between the airport and your accommodation.

Air Rarotonga is the airline of the Cook Islands and operates scheduled services to nine of the islands.

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The iridescent shimmer of lagoon water, the sweet aromas of pineapple and coconut, the seductive beat of traditional wooden drums, and the ease of an island without a single traffic light – that’s how Rarotonga, the main island in this charming South Pacific chain, delights the senses morning, noon and night.


Yes, it’s an island. But, more importantly, it’s a lagoon – the kind of endless lagoon that’s a kaleidoscope of blues too numerous to count and too inviting to resist. Just seven-square miles, Aitutaki makes up for in pure relaxation and authenticity what it lacks in size. A visit is like medication for modern life.

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Essential Items to Pack

  • Loose or breathable clothing made from natural fabrics
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hats
  • Swimsuits
  • Camera

Time Difference

Cooks Islands is -3:00 hours difference from Los Angeles. It is in the same time zone as Hawaii (e.g. when it is 9:00 am in Rarotonga, it is 12:00pm in Los Angeles.

Entry and Visa Requirements

For a stay of up to 31 days, all visitors must have:

  • A valid passport.
  • Evidence of onward/return travel.

Entry requirements are subject to change without notice and we advise that you check with your Islands In The Sun specialist before departure. More information can be found by contacting Cooks Islands Tourism.

Departure Tax

Upon departure every visitor over 12 years old must pay a tax of $NZ55. This can be done at Westpac Bank or at the International Terminal in the airport.

Health Requirements

There are no required vaccinations for entering Cook Islands.


The Cook Islands are always warm and sunny but a warmer season runs from November to March, with temperatures ranging from 22° Celsius to 30° Celsius. A more humid or wet season is from December to March where temperatures reach a maximum of 30° Celsius. Whenever you decide to travel, the air and water will be more and harsh weather is very rare.


English is spoken everywhere in the Cook Islands, however the local language is Maori. A few native words or phrases are always welcomed by the locals. Try “Kia Orana” to “Hello!”

Currency and Tipping

The currency is the New Zealand Dollar. Most major foreign currency and travelers checks are exchanged at hotels, money changers, and at the airport. Major credit card are accepted but may charge a usage fee as well as additional fees for foreign transactions. Tipping is not customary in Cook Islands. ANZ and Westpac have branches on the islands and ATMs are available.


It is not recommended that you drink the tap water in Cook Islands. Instead drink bottled water which is available everywhere.


Electric current is 220 volts and three pronged plugs are used. It is recommended that you bring a universal adapter. to ensure that all your small electronics operate properly. On Rarotonga and Aitutaki electricity is on 24 hours a day but service varies on the more remote islands.

Internet and Phone

Upscale hotels will offer Wi-Fi connections complimentary or at an additional cost. Internet is provided by Telecom Cook Islands. Internet access is also available in internet lounges, tourist centers, and some restaurants.

International phone and mobile phone services are also provided by Telecom Cook Islands. You may wish to bring an international Sim card with you or purchase one once you arrive.

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