Things To Do In The Cook Islands
Aitutaki Lagoon Cruise
A must do! The breathtaking turquoise lagoon and small motus (islets) provide a stunning setting for swimming, snorkelling, and beachcombing. Day trips are available from Rarotonga for those with limited time.
The outer reefs surrounding Rarotonga and Aitutaki offer a wonderful variety of sub-aquatic experiences for the discerning scuba diver. With warm water and brilliant visibility year round (ranging from 25m on a bad day to 60-70m on a good day), an amazing underwater world awaits you.
Explore the Island
A motor scooter is a popular, fun way to see the sights and explore the islands at your own pace. Hop on the island bus, hire a bicycle or take a leisurely walk.
For the expert or novice, charter game fishing is very affordable and a fishing expedition can be tailor made to suit your needs … from saltwater fly and light-tackle sports fishing, to deep sea game fishing.
A very special highlight and ‘must do’ is to experience an Island Night which blends together a traditional Cook Islands feast (umukai) and traditional dancing. Be thrilled by the hypnotic rhythm of the drums and excitement & sensuality of the dance.
Rarotonga has many colourful bars and clubs offering a good selection of entertainment and local music with nightspots open until midnight (2am on Fridays). Friday is the big night out on Rarotonga with selected resorts offering a guided “pub crawl” to check out the local dance floor action.
Rejuvenate at a Day Spa
Many resorts offer in-house massage services to pamper and restore your soul. The Waterfall Day Spa is Rarotonga’s newest Spa specialising in high quality treatments including Vichy Showers, Hydrotherapy Treatments, Body Scrubs, facials and massages.
Take a 4WD tour into the lush rainforest interior to hear the island’s ancient stories and learn about traditional plants.
Sailing, Windsurfing & Kayaking
Windsurfers, sailboats, catamarans and kayaks are available for hire. On Rarotonga, the most popular place for sailing activities is at Muri Lagoon.
With stunning turquoise lagoons, it is possible to snorkel almost anywhere inside the reef. Snorkellers will be rewarded with a prolific abundance of tropical marine life, colourful fish and interesting corals.
Sunday Church Service
Take in the soaring harmonies which fill the historic white coral and limestone churches at a Sunday morning church service. A wonderful way to meet the local people.
Walking & Treks
There are plenty of walking trails for all levels to take you off the beaten track … the most popular being the Cross-Island Mountain Trek. It is recommended that all walks and treks are undertaken with a local guide.
Humpback whales migrate through the Cook Islands from July to the end of October, passing very close to shore.
Other activities include golf, tennis, squash, lawn bowls, horse riding, and glass-bottom boat tours.