Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Arrive in Rarotonga
Kia Orana! On arrival you will be met at the airport – Papa Jake awaits you on his ukulele and you’ll be greeted with a flower ei (garland) and a big smile!
Transfer to your accommodation, where you will check in for 4 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
Day 2: Free day in Rarotonga
It’s all about island time now! Take a leisurely breakfast and then head out to explore the island. There is one main road that loops around the island and two buses that operate – clockwise and anti-clockwise! At just 32 square kilometres it won’t take long to get around, so if you’ve got the energy you could even cycle it (highly recommended!)
Activities on the island include snorkelling and diving, taking a walk with the local legend Pa, getting a Cook Islands driving licence and hiring a car or moped, shopping in the main town of Avarua or just whiling away the days relaxing on sandy white beaches mingled with dips in the clear turquoise lagoons. Just perfect!
Day 3: Free day in Rarotonga
Pick up where you left off yesterday – as the days pass you’ll find yourself making friends with the locals and forgetting that anywhere else exists. Bliss!
Why not find out if there is an ‘island night’ happening during your stay – enjoy Polynesian culture at its best with traditionally cooked food and dancing. We can arrange this for you if you like – and it’s a great evening out!
Day 4: Day trip to Aitutaki
No trip to the Cook Islands is complete without seeing Aitutaki lagoon with your own eyes! This stopover includes it as a day trip, but if you have the time then we would certainly recommend that you enjoy a night or two, if not longer, in this pacific paradise.
The 45 minute flight operates several times per day. You will fly out in the morning and spend the afternoon snorkelling and swimming in the clearest turquoise waters you can imagine. Enjoy a barbeque lunch and get your passport stamped at Onefoot Island – you can even send a postcard home from the only post office in the world located on an uninhabited island! A day in Aitutaki will be truly memorable – make sure to take your camera!
Overnight back in Rarotonga – return flights and transfers are included today.
Day 5: Depart Rarotonga
Sadly your stopover in the Cook Islands has come to an end – flight times vary but the flights usually depart in the evening so you can enjoy your last few hours on the beach before transferring back to the airport for your onward flight. Day rooms can be arranged if you want a late check-out.