PLACES TO STAY
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P3952 - Captain James Retreat|
P3838 - Seaspray Beach Villa
P3667 - Inano Beach Bungalows
P3325 - Stanleys Mansion Rarotonga
P3318 - Atupa Orchid Units
P3321 - Palm Grove
P3319 - Raus Guest House
P799 - Aloha Mana
WHAT TO DO
The Cook Islands consist of 15 islands scattered over some 2 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. The centre of the Cook Islands is Rarotonga. As the entire island is only 32 kilometres in circumference, getting around is easy. There are two main roads on Rarotonga - you can circle the island on the Ara Tapu sealed road, through the villages and past the beaches; or you can take the older inland road, which winds through fields of taro, pawpaw, bananas and local farmlands.
The motor scooter is a popular, fun way to see the sights, however bikes, cars and jeeps are also available from local rental agencies. The "Island Bus" offers a convenient low cost method of transport, operating regular schedules around the island (in both directions). It will pick you up and set you down anywhere on request.
The first settlers to the Cook Islands were Polynesians who arrived about 800AD from Raiatea, in what is now French Polynesia.
- Lagoon reef walking
- Bird watching
- Scenic flights with Air Rarotonga
- Takitumu Conservation Area Walks
- Yacht charters
- Lagoon cruises
- Outer reef cruises
- Whale watching (dependent on the season)
- Duty free shopping
- Deepsea game fishing
- Water sports
Any person who enters the Cook Islands solely for recreation or vacation/holiday does not require an entry permit, provided he/she possesses proof of onward passage (booked and paid) for stays of not more than 31 days.
currency used in the Cook Islands is the New Zealand Dollar
The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round. June to August are the cooler months, whilst November to March marks the warmer season, with occasional tropical showers expected. The drier months from April to November have an average temperature of about 26°C, whilst the warmer, more humid and damp season runs from December to March. During this season the temperature ranges between 22°C and 28°C.
Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue have regular flights to Rarotonga.
P764 - Gina's Garden Lodges
P450 - Taakoka Island Villas
P419 - Crown Beach Resort