Luxury Aitutaki & Rarotonga with kids

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Rarotonga

To: Rarotonga

From

£1,415

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Spend a week in luxury with this family adventure to the Cook Islands, in the heart of the South Pacific. Start your trip with 3 nights on the main island of Rarotonga, rich in local culture and activities for the whole family. Explore the volcanic interior of the island on an included 4WD tour before heading over to the smaller island of Aitutaki, famous for its turquoise lagoon. A snorkelling safari gives a great opportunity for the family to explore the clear waters and search for the tropical inhabitants that live here. If you're thinking of heading to Aitutaki and Rarotonga with kids - there's no better way to do it.     

This Cook Islands itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights

  • Discover the lush tropical interior of Rarotonga on a 4WD tour
  • Rent bikes and explore the mainland of Rarotonga             
  • Spot tropical fish and giant clams on an Aitutaki Lagoon cruise        
  • Enjoy BBQ lunch on an uninhabited island
  • Take part in some water sports on Aitutaki’s clear waters
Itinerary


Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights Rarotonga
  • 3 nights Aitutaki

 

Day 1: Arrive Rarotonga       

On arrival at Rarotonga Airport, you will be greeted by a local representative and taken to your hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at leisure.      


Day 2: Safari 4WD inland tour     

You will be collected from your hotel this morning to commence your family 4WD Safari tour. Your guide will give you an overview of the island as you collect other guests before heading inland to discover the lush tropical interior of Rarotonga. You'll explore the green valleys of Avatiu and pass many Taro plantations along the way. The crop is very important throughout the Pacific and you will learn more about its production and history on this tour. This afternoon is at leisure.          


Day 3: Rarotonga 

Today is free for you to enjoy Rarotonga as a family. Why not rent bikes and go on an adventure around the island? There's only one route around and the terrain is very flat, so it's a great way to explore with kids. Alternatively, head to the beach for some snorkelling or water activities off the coast. There’s plenty to keep the kids amused while you relax with a cocktail and enjoy the view!   


Day 4: Rarotonga to Aitutaki       

You will be collected from your hotel this morning and taken by shared transfer back to the airport to connect with your domestic flight to Aitutaki. Just 45 minutes later, you will arrive on this picturesque island, where you will be greeted and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.   


Day 5: Aitutaki Lagoon Cruise     

This morning, you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the starting point of your lagoon cruise. Once out on the beautiful Aitutaki Lagoon, you will visit 4 motus, discovering uninhabited islands and snorkelling in the clear waters. Spot tropical fish, giant clams and brightly coloured corals before heading ashore for a delicious BBQ lunch served on the white sands. You'll also get your passport stamped on uninhabited One Foot Island before heading back to the mainland late afternoon.         


Day 6: Aitutaki       

You have a full day now to enjoy Aitutaki as a family. Relax in your luxury resort and make the most of being pampered, or head to the beach to soak up your last views over the beautiful lagoon. The kids can enjoy some watersports while you lay on the beach amongst the coconut palms. It's a perfect end to your Cook Islands adventure!           


Day 7: Depart Aitutaki

You will be collected from your accommodation today and taken to the airport by shared transfer to connect with your flight back to Rarotonga and onwards.


 

Info

The Cook Islands make a great year-round destination with temperatures ranging between 18c and 28c in the winter (October to May) and 21c to 29c in the summer (November to April). The Cooks have a pleasantly even climate year round with no real weather excesses, although it can rain often thanks to the high inland mountains. The best time of year to visit is around September/October when you will find warm temperatures and low humidity. Alternatively, March/April is generally fine and sunny.      

We've done a similar trip...

If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post Stumbling into paradise: visiting the Cook Islands with kids - written by one of our consultants who's been there.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Meet and Greet with tropical ‘Ei’        
  • Shared return transfers on both islands    
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast in Rarotonga
  • 4WD Safari tour on Rarotonga
  • Return domestic flights to Aitutaki            
  • Snorkelling safari in Aitutaki

Not included: 

  • International flights        
  • Meals other than breakfast in Rarotonga
  • Any additional touring    
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
Accommodation

6 nights in 4.5 - 5* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Te Manava Luxury Villas, Rarotonga

  • Pacific Resort Aitutaki

 

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