Romantic retreat: Aitutaki & Rarotonga Cook Islands

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Rarotonga

To: Rarotonga

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£1,470

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

Spend 7 nights in one of the most romantic areas of the world - the South Pacific. The remote Cook Islands offer a perfect opportunity to get away from it all and truly switch off. You’ll start your trip on the mainland of Rarotonga, staying in luxury boutique accommodation, before heading to the island of Aitutaki, famous for its spectacular lagoon. We have even included a sunset boat cruise out over the turquoise waters, making this trip perfect for a honeymoon or romantic escape.               

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

  • Explore the natural wonders of Rarotonga on a private tour
  • Wander through the tropical gardens of Maire Nui         
  • Hire bikes and discover hidden coves on Rarotonga
  • Sip champagne as you cruise across Aitutaki Lagoon      
  • Spend two days of pure ‘island time’ on the white sand beaches
Itinerary


Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights Rarotonga
  • 4 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: Ocean & Earth private tour

Today we have included a private tour to bring you the best of Rarotonga. Well known for its lush tropical surroundings, great beaches and pristine lagoons, Rarotonga is a packed with natural beauty. Over 3 hours, you’ll learn about the history of the Cooks at the Te Ara Museum, visit Black Rock - a volcanic boulder on the edge of the lagoon - and stop at some of the best snorkelling spots around Rarotonga. You’ll pass through rich plantations of citrus fruits, bananas and papaya and spend some time at the Maire Nui Tropical Gardens, with lush lily ponds, magnificent mountain views and an abundance of local flora.


Day 3: Rarotonga        

You have a free day today, so why not rent some bikes or a car and head off to explore the island? There are many hidden coves and private beaches to discover on the island and plenty of friendly locals to help you on your way.        


Day 4: Rarotonga to Aitutaki        

This morning, you will be collected from your hotel 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 sunset cruise

Spend the day relaxing until late afternoon when you will be collected for your private sunset cruise on Aitutaki Lagoon. You’ll cruise to Honeymoon Island before making a champagne toast as you watch the sunset over the calm waters. As you sip champagne, you will cruise to the motu (island) where you can take a walk along the beach, snap some pictures and even head into the water for some snorkelling, before heading back to the mainland just in time for dinner.


Days 6 and 7: Aitutaki   

You have two full days now on the island of Aitutaki. Head back out onto the lagoon for some watersports, relax on the beach or treat yourself to a Polynesian massage in your villa. This time is purely for resting and recharging your batteries.


Day 8: Depart Aitutaki

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


 

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 throughout the year, with no real weather excesses, although it rains 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: a quintessential South Pacific paradise - written by one of our consultants who's been there.

This Aitutaki and Rarotonga Cook Islands itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your requests and 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
  • Daily tropical breakfast
  • Private ‘Ocean & Earth’ tour on Rarotonga
  • Return domestic flights to Aitutaki        
  • Private sunset cruise in Aitutaki

Not included: 

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

7 nights in 4.5-5* standard accommodation.

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