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: Evening progressive dinner
Spend today relaxing by the pool or head to the nearby beach. The Cook Islands is known for its laidback lifestyle so kick back and settle into island time! There are plenty of water activities to keep children interested, from stand-up paddleboards to spotting the local marine life whilst snorkelling off the coast.
This evening we have included a ‘progressive dinner’, which consists of a 3-course meal prepared by local hosts. Your first course is served in the home of your first host before you set off to your next host for a classic buffet feast featuring dishes traditionally served at Cook Islands family gatherings. Your dessert host will then tempt you with sweets, fruit and locally brewed coffee. Throughout the evening you will enjoy the sounds of ukuleles and guitars as a small string band accompanies you along the way. Experience Cook Islands hospitality at its best!
Day 3: Storyteller Eco-cycle tour
Today, we have included a half day ‘Storyteller Eco-cycle tour’. You will be collected from your accommodation in the morning and returned after lunch.
Discover a rich cultural heritage as you cycle along the Ancient Coral Road – Ara Metua. Meander along lanes witnessing the tranquil pace of local village life. With plenty of stops to take in the magnificent mountain scenery, you’ll hear stories that will bring a deeper meaning to your surroundings. The ride is comfortable and covers a distance of around 8 – 12 kilometres on mainly sealed roads. You’ll ride on and off for a leisurely 3 hours with plenty of stops for storytelling, finishing up with a delicious local lunch and an opportunity to swim at a beautiful secluded beach.
Days 4 and 5: Rarotonga
You now have two free days to relax and explore. Why not hire a car or some bikes and head off around the island - there’s only one route around so you can’t get lost! Alternatively, speak to your consultant about arranging a day trip to nearby island Aitutaki, only a 45 minute flight away and home to the famous Aitutaki lagoon.
Day 6: Depart Rarotonga
You will be collected from your accommodation today and taken to the airport by shared transfer to connect with your onward flight.