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10 Unmissable Things to Do on Your Cook Islands holiday

There are a number of ‘must dos’ when you visit the Cook Islands, and it’s often hard to figure out what you should try to fit into your holiday. Magic surrounds the Cook Islands and once you arrive, you will be overwhelmed with the variety of activities on offer. Smothered in natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage, you won’t want to miss a thing!

To help you get started on planning your next trip to the Cook Islands the team at Spacifica Travel have rounded up ten of our top unmissable activities to do while enjoying the Cook Islands.

Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruise

Muri Lagoon is world famous, and for a good reason! During your cruise over the aqua lagoon, you will be entertained by the local crew and discover this magical playground in the best of company. For those who wish to keep their feet dry, there is a glass bottom boat where you can watch the ocean while listening to stories from the locals. Water lovers will be met with an abundance of marine life as soon as you launch yourself off the boat, and it’s easy to spend hours snorkelling and discovering this natural aquarium home to giant clams, turtles, colourful fish, and corals. This trip is a must do and we know you will thank us for the recommendation!

Highland Paradise

For the full Highland Paradise experience we suggest doing both the day and night tours. Visitors can immerse themselves in the story of the Cook Island’s Maori history or be intrigued on a tour of the village. At night, you will enjoy a traditional Umu feast and cultural adventure hosted by the descendants of the Tinomana dynasty. Be ready for goosebumps!

Raro Buggy Tour

Is there anything better than an exhilarating couple of hours of fun in the mud? Start your buggy and get off the beaten track for an experience like no other. Wind your way through the hills and jungles of Rarotonga and see another side to this beautiful island. This tour is guaranteed to be one of the best things you have ever done - endless laughs and fun are guaranteed for this four wheeled adventure!

Progressive Dinner

For a memorable night with new friends the Progressive Dinner is an absolute must! You are invited by local families for a delicious three course meal, with each course served in a different local home. This is the perfect way to experience the real spirit of Cook Islands’ culture and lifestyle. The natural warmth and friendly nature of the Cook Islanders will make you feel like welcome guests in their homes.

Cross Island Trek

You can drive around Rarotonga in just 45 minutes - but that just doesn’t compare to following an ancient track across the island by foot! On your guided tour, you will pass houses, small farms, and local friendly wildlife while listening to your guide talk about the history of the land. Plus you’ll see native flora while traversing the safe jungle environment. When you conquer the trek there is a relaxing waterfall to enjoy a quick dip before heading back to your Rarotongan accommodation.

Aitutaki Day Tour

Aitutaki is a spectacular gem in the Pacific and cannot be missed on a trip to the Cook Islands. A quick trip on a domestic flight with Air Rarotonga will have your feet in the sand pronto. Enjoy an island tour before boarding The Vaka Cruise aboard a 21 metre vaka (catamaran) Titi-ai-Tonga. Spend some time snorkelling and swimming before enjoying a tasty barbecue lunch. You will visit several motus including the famous One Foot Island.

Ariki Night Paddle

There is nothing that sounds cooler than paddling on a lagoon with a lit-up standing paddle board! A magical experience awaits as the sun goes down, twilight fades, and the lights kick in. As you cruise along the inside of the reef to one of the motus you will be mesmerised by the activity beneath the water as the LED lights shine bright enough to penetrate the water and attract fish. You are sure to be amazed on this little journey of discovery!

Avarua Historical Walking Tour

Don’t forget to pack your comfy walking shoes for your next Cook Islands holiday. Hit the track with your tour guide and trace the history of the Cook Islands from Polynesian settlement to colonisation by New Zealand. As you stroll through historical Avarua you will hear many stories and appreciate the traditions, the culture, and the local spirit of the Cook Islands and their people.

Book Your Cook Islands Holiday with Spacifica Travel

There is no shortage of fun and amazing things to see and do during your Cook Islands holiday. For more information check out our Cook Islands holiday packages, and contact Spacifica Travel today on 1800 800 722.



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