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7 Days: Cook Islands Escape to Paradise [BU-COOK24]
Starting at
$1,074
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Rarotonga (5 Nights)
  • US Domestic Flights - (Not Included) Check Quote for Inclusion
  • International Flights - (Not Included) Check Quote for Inclusion
  • Shuttle Transfers - Rarotonga Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Rarotonga, Cook Islands (Check quote for inclusion)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, from Cook Islands Airport to Accommodation

Experience a Meet & Greet upon arrival and relax as you are transferred from the airport to your Cook Islands accommodation.

(Days 2 to 7) - 5 Nights Accommodation on Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Travel to your accommodation in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 5 nights.

Idyllically situated on the sheltered western side of the island of Rarotonga, only minutes from Avarua township, and many restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. The secluded beachfront location provides guests with an unspoilt view of Rarotonga’s crystal clear aqua blue lagoon and breathtaking sunsets.

This intimate Resort features 35 spacious rooms and suites, situated either on the beachfront overlooking the lagoon, or beside either of our two swimming pools set amidst lush tropical gardens. Please note our policy of no children under 12 years of age.

(Days 3 to 6) - Free Days to Explore Rarotonga

Enjoy the many attractions Rarotonga has to offer.

Dominated by a once almighty volcanic pyramid, now worn down by time and streams to sawtooth peaks and razorback ridges, the lush green carpeted Rarotonga, is the capital, and the hub of the Cook Islands.

This island paradise is also the youngest island of the group, so unlike its equally enchanting sisters which have been eroded and submerged by age, Rarotonga stands brilliantly upright against the sun. Its vistas are strewn and spiked with jutting pinnacles that fall to terraces and flats planted with bananas, coconuts, paw paw and pineapples that shift into a swampy plateau marked by the inimitable taro patch.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Tour of Aitutaki (departing Rarotonga)

Take this amazing day tour of the remarkable island of Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Our Day tour operates daily Mondays through Saturdays. It departs from Rarotonga Airport at 8 am and returns at 5.30 pm. The tour includes transfers to/from airport to your accommodation, flights, island tour of Aitutaki, lagoon cruise and barbeque lunch. Towels and snorkeling gear are also provided.
The Day Tour starts with a coach transfer from all hotels and motels to Rarotonga International Airport for an 8 am departure to Aitutaki. The flight takes 40 minutes on our Saab 340 pressurised airliner during which a tea and coffee are served.

On arrival at Aitutaki you will be taken on a short island tour by ‘le truck’ lasting around one and a half hours and during which a stop is made at the local village market where souvenir T-shirts etc. can be purchased.

Then it’s on to the highlight of the day – the lagoon cruise. Departing from the wharf opposite Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa, you will board the 21 metre catamaran Titi-ai-tonga. (Translation: “Wind from the South” the name of a historic trading schooner that used to serve the island early last century).

There is time for snorkeling and swimming before stopping at a motu (small islet on the fringing reef) for a tasty barbecue lunch, cooked right on board. Anyone who has not snorkeled before will find our lagoon tour guides only to happy to help you experience the wonder of the lagoons underwater world.

Snorkeling gear and towels are provided on the lagoon cruise. We recommend you bring a light change of clothing, sun protection, and lots of extra film or memory cards for your camera.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Jungle Quad Adventure

Offering thrills and challenges driving your very own 4-wheel quad.

Get lost deep in our beautiful lush and preserved jungle driving your very own 350cc Yamaha Grizzly Quad! This 90% off road adventure will see you venturing through 2 – 3 hidden valleys in Turangi and get a close view of the great Te Atukura Mountain.

The Quads are fully automatic and orientation is given at the beginning of the tour. We recommend comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty! Bring mosquito repellant and wear your swimsuit for a quick dip at the waterfall at the end of your tour

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - 5 Day Scooter Rental, Pick up & Drop off in Rarotonga

Explore Rarotonga on your own schedule with this 5 day scooter rental.

5 Day Scooter Rental of a Yamaha Cygnus Scooter (or similar).

Photo Credit: Cook Islands Tourism

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Rarotonga Lagoon Cruise

Lagoon cruises are one of the best ways to spend an unforgettable time in the lagoon waters of Rarotonga.

Discover the lagoon and inner reef area of Rarotonga where marine life is abundant aboard a Glass Bottom Lagoon Cruiser. Swim and snorkel amongst schools of colourful Butterfly, Wrasse and Trigger fish, see giant clams in their natural habitat and top off the experience with a BBQ lunch on a remote uninhabited offshore island with Pacific Island singing and a performance.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Te Vara Nui Village Night Show & Dinner

With compelling legend stories set overwater portraying the past and fast hip-shaking dances with resounding beats of drums and rhythms of song and dance, this spectacular setting and performance are guaranteed to lift the hairs on the back of your neck!

Set in luscious gardens and peaceful water features, Te Vara Nui showcases not only the best cultural village experience in the Cook Islands but houses the most stunning out door entertainment venue and facility ever designed in Rarotonga, with our “Over-Water Night Show” Dances of Legends cultural performance.

Be blown away by our amazing Show while Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians perform by flaming torchlight on floating and fixed stages of our waterfall garden.

This stunning show delivers an electric authentic cultural performance like no other…

Enjoy our delicious Island/Western Fusion Buffet prepared by our local and International Chefs.

Immerse in our local culture and embrace the Cook Islands Maori people through the “Legend of Tongaiti””

Photo Credit: Te Vara Nui Village

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Rarotonga Safari Tour

Experience Raro the local way!

See breathtaking panoramic views, travel the ancient road (Ara Metua) built by the Cook Islands ancestors, see ancient Marae’s (sacred sites) and find out about local traditions, culture & customs. Prepare a traditional underground oven (Umu) then while it’s cooking, head off for your safari tour and return to enjoy the Umu feast for lunch!

Photo Credit: Cook Islands Tourism

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sunset Sail

Welcome aboard the S.V. Southern Cross a 58ft Sailing Vessel based in Rarotonga.

This special 2-hour Sunset cruise departs around 5pm (dependent on daylight savings) providing scenic sunsets and stunning views of Rarotonga. Refreshments and snacks provided. We recommend bringing a bottle of something special for this magical cruise.

Insider's Tip: Visit the Local Brewery

Visit the local microbrewery in Rarotonga for a taste of genuine, Rarotongan lager.

The Cooks Lager brewery is one of only two in Rarotonga, and they go the extra mile to deliver the most refreshing lager, whether it is from the bottle or beer on tap. Made without preservatives and additives on-site using imported hops and grains lovingly combined with fresh island water, it is a genuine, Rarotongan lager.

The brewery is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 4:30pm and tours are offered at 1:00pm daily. Come in and enjoy a sample tasting. Come see the brewing process firsthand and enjoy a sample testing of the brews: Premium Lager, Original Blonde, and Cheeky Darkie.

Consider taking the city bus to the brewery, or hire a scooter to drive there yourself! Either way, you are sure to enjoy the microbrewery.

Insider's Tip: Visit the Local Farmer's Market on Saturday

Visit the Local Market on Saturday morning for freshly made food, ripe fruits, and more.

The Farmers Market is buzzing on Saturday mornings. To enjoy the Punanga Nui Markets like a local, drag yourself out of bed early (7-8am). You’ll get to see a plethora of local seasonal produce.

The favourites – passionfruit, mangoes, etc sell out quickly. Ask the friendly locals for advice on the ripest fruit and best eating, as they are sure to give you the best advice. If you haven’t tried “nu” (the juice of a young coconut) you can pick up a drinking coconut for around a dollar!

The “Truly Cook Islands” dish called Ika Mata is marinated raw fish in lime and coconut juice. You can’t visit Rarotonga without trying this delectable dish! Race down to the Lazy Diner, better known as the Red Hut, for this treat, freshly made each day.

You mught also try Poke (pronounced ‘po’ as in ‘pork’ and ‘ke’ as in ‘keg’), made with local fruit and cassava/tapioca. You should also consider the Chicken and Taro Root dish, which incorporates coconut milk, taro, shallots, and ginger. There is an abundance of freshly made pastries, tropical fruit smoothies, and fresh waffles in addition to these local favorites.

Sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to see local and visiting cultural groups doing a fundraising performance at the market – this is another chance to enjoy Cook Islands drumming, singing and dancing and of course, it’s also great for photos.

Everything shuts down around midday, so arrive early and enjoy all the excitement the locals have to offer!

Photo Credit: Cook Islands Tourism

Inside's Tip: Hop On and Off the Bus

Hop on and off the bus that routes around the entire island to see main attractions or to explore.

To really see the island of Rarotonga, consider taking the bus. It operates a clockwise and counterclockwise route around the entire island on the main coast road. It only takes about 50 minutes to circumnavigate the whole island. It is a great way of spotting some main landmarks.

All buses leave from the bus stop outside Cook’s Corner in Avarua. Daytime buses going clockwise around the island depart every hour on the hour from 7am to 4pm on weekdays, 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, and from 8am to midday and 2pm to 4pm on Sunday.

Buses going counterclockwise depart at 25 minutes past every hour, 8.25am to 4.30pm on weekdays only.

If you plan on going out at night, you may still use the bus! A night-time bus service runs clockwise only from Monday to Thursday and on Saturday from 6pm to 10pm, with extra hourly buses on Friday night from midnight to 2am.

The bus fare is NZ$3 for one ride and NZ$5 for a return trip (two rides). We recommend a day pass valid for one day’s unlimited travel (NZ$10).

Photo Credit: Cook Islands Tourism

(Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, from Cook Islands Accommodation to Airport

Travel from your Cook Islands accommodation to the airport.

(Day 7) - International Flight, Rarotonga, Cook Islands to Los Angeles (Check quote for inclusion)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $1,074 $1,799 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $2,366 $3,091 Feb 25 2018 - Dec 31 2018
Subject to Availability.
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Business Class $3,494 $4,219 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.