You have just arrived in paradise (no doubt on the Air New Zealand direct flight arriving at 6am!!) ready to tackle on the island. There is so much to see and do in the Cook Islands that I have compiled a must see list for you so you can tick them off as you go!
- Te Vara Nui Cultural Show and Village tour – Now this one is actually
two in one. If you are after a bit of history and good food then you can’t miss this! After being shown around a local village and taught all about how the people of the Cook Islands used to live, you are treated to an amazing over water show and buffet dinner. Hot Tip: Don’t do this on the first night you arrive, especially after the 6am arrival, you will be buggered!!
- Captain Tama’s Lagoon cruise – Great way to head out to the best snorkelling spots. Comes with all snorkel gear and lunch.
- Island Tour – If you want to see the best views of the beaches in the lush tropical forests
then this is the way to do it! You drive around in an open air vehicle with a local who tells you all about history and farming on the island.
- Get on your hiking boots! – This is a great alternative if you are after a little bit more open air and exercise. You hike up and over the island, usually takes about 2 hours.
- Hire a paddle board or kayak – A lot of resorts will have them as optional use, super easy
(and safe) as there are no waves in the lagoon!
- Aitutaki day tour – If you are staying on Rarotonga, try and get yourself out to Aitutaki, it will not disappoint!
- Papau Waterfall – This is a beautiful waterfall with a natural pool at thebottom for swimming. Hot tip: You can swim here after the Papua hiking trail! You’ll need it after the hike for sure!
- Punanga Nui Market – This is a must visit to get all the best souveneirs, stalls filled with
crafts, food and musicians.
- Vaka Cruise – Now this one you can only do if you stay on Aitutaki and when you are there this is a MUST. They teach you so much about the history of the Cook Islands in a very entertaining way. On the cruise they take you to some of Aitutaki’smost amazing spots that you just cannot believe are real.
So, go on.. you know you want to!
“Take only memories, leave only footsteps”