Rarotonga, Atiu & Aitutaki Cook Islands break

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Duration (in days): 8

From: Rarotonga

To: Rarotonga

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£1,675

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

Explore the Cook Islands with this 3 island adventure taking you to both Rarotonga and Aitutaki as well as the more remote and lesser-known Atiu. Three nights on the mainland of Rarotonga will give you the opportunity to experience the local culture and stunning volcanic terrain before you head to Aitutaki, where you can cruise across the famous turquoise lagoon. Finally, you'll head to Atiu, a real Robinson Crusoe hideaway. With a population of fewer than 500 people, this island offers an untouched paradise in a beautiful and peaceful location.    

Our Rarotonga, Atiu and Aitutaki Cook Islands escape can be tailored to suit your requirements, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights

  • Ride your own buggy on a guided tour of Rarotonga      
  • Rent bikes and explore at your own pace            
  • Cruise across the famous Aitutaki Lagoon           
  • Swim with the tropical fish in the turquoise waters of the lagoon
  • Stay on the remote island of Atiu
  • Explore limestone caves and spot the indigenous kopeka bird
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights Rarotonga         
  • 3 nights Aitutaki              
  • 1 night Atiu       

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: Raro Buggy Tour

Today, you'll join a buggy tour and explore the roads less travelled, as you drive with an experienced local guide through the hills and plantations of Rarotonga, soaking up the rugged beauty of the island's interior. You'll, drive your own buggy in convoy with the group and see the island from a different perspective, making it a brilliant day out. Off-road tours are also available for those looking for more adventure!

The afternoon is at leisure.


Day 3: Rarotonga        

You'll now have a free day now to enjoy the island. Why not rent bikes and go on an adventure around the island? With only one route around the entire island and a flat terrain, it's a great way to explore. Alternativ,ely head to the beach for some snorkelling or water activities off the coast, there’s plenty to keep the kids amused as you relax 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. Only a short 45-minute journey 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: Snorkelling Lagoon Cruise

This morning, you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the start 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. Get your passport stamped at uninhabited One Foot Island before heading back to the mainland late afternoon.                         


Day 6: Aitutaki  

You have today at leisure on the island of Aitutaki, so you can head back out onto the lagoon and enjoy some watersports such as stand-up paddle boarding or snorkelling. Relax on the beach or treat yourself to a Polynesian massage - this time is all yours for resting and recharging your batteries.


Day 7: Aitutaki to Atiu         

You will be collected from your hotel this morning and taken to the airport to connect with your flight to Atiu - only a short 40-minute flight away. With a population of under 500 people, Atiu is a remote and undiscovered paradise. Here, you'll experience local life as you stay on one of the only hotels on the island.

During your stay on Atiu, we have included a tour of Anatakitaki Cave. This coral limestone cave is carved out of the freshwater and home to the kopeka, a bird unique only to the island of Atiu. You'll explore this stunning natural formation and spot the kopeka before heading back to your hotel for a one night stay.


Day 8: Depart Atiu      

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 from there.  


 

Info

The Cook Islands are 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 with no real weather excesses, although it can rain often thanks to its high inland mountains. The best time of year to visit is around September/October when you will find warm temperatures and low humidity or March/April when the weather 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 Visit the Cook Islands - 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 and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Meet and greet with tropical ‘Ei’       
  • Shared return transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast in Rarotonga & Aitutaki
  • Raro Buggy Tour on Rarotonga  
  • Snorkelling safari in Aitutaki
  • Kopeka Cave Tour in Atiu

Not included: 

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

7 nights in 3-4* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Sunset Resort, Rarotonga

  • Tamanu Beach Villas, Aitutaki

  • Atiu Villas

 

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