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Cook Islands

Cook Islands holidays

Introduction

A beautiful collection of 15 islands and atolls, the Cook Islands offer true isolation - tropical style - with warm weather, bone-white beaches, rich and abundant seas and colourful local characters.

It's a place with an intriguing history, named after Captain Cook, who fell upon the islands towards the end of the 18th century, but first discovered by the roaming Polynesians centuries before.

Arriving in flotillas of vakas, traditional double-hulled canoes, the Polynesians had settled on Rarotonga and some of the outer islands by 500 AD.

The ceremonies and cultural practices of these early settlers still play an important part in island life, alongside those brought in by Christian missionaries in more recent times.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
20½ hours

Time zone
GMT

Travel advice
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Top places to stay in the Cook Islands

Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa, Rarotonga

Accommodation

Situated on the pristine whites sands of Rarotonga's Muri Lagoon, Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa introduces a new concept of luxury accommodation in the Cook Islands, allowing guests the freedom to personalise their stay.

Pacific Resort, Aitutaki

Accommodation

Set in 19 acres of tropical forest on the edge of the stunning Aitutaki Lagoon, this award-winning resort is the Cook Island's only member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection.

Where to go in the Cook Islands

Aitutaki

Hook-shaped Aitutaki's powder-blue lagoon is one of the treasures of the South Pacific. Further afield, the remote outer islands offer an undiluted taste of authentic Cook Islands culture.

Rarotonga

Bordered by a flame-orange reef and sparkling white beach, and rising to a forested mountain interior, the main island of Rarotonga has some suprisingly modern touches, with fine-dining restaurants and busy bars to explore.

Cook Islands articles

South Pacific Guide

The mesmerising beauty of the South Pacific is the stuff of travel clichés: crystal-clear lagoons, immaculate strips of beach, palm-fringed atolls surrounded by coral reefs, hillsides dripping with tropical foliage and volcanoes that rumble against cloudless skies.

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