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Sights and sounds of Cook Islands

1 Island Discovery Tour
Island Discovery Tour

Take a Cooks Tour fr £29pp

Start your holiday on the beautiful Cook Islands with this orientation and cultural circle tour of the capital island Rarotonga. Throughout the journey in an air conditioned sight seeing coach you will be accompanied by a qualified tour guide who will tell you all about the local history and culture of Rarotonga as you travel around seeing all the sights.

The Cook Islands are made up of a net of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over an area the size of India with a population no bigger than a small New Zealand country town. The unique and friendly Polynesians have their own language and government and enjoy a diverse culture with lots of differences between each island. Despite some 100,000 visitors a year to Rarotonga it is largely unspoiled by tourism.

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1 Island Discovery Tour

Island Discovery Tour

2 Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruise
Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruise

Lazy day in the lagoon fr £41pp

This boat trip is undoubtedly one of the best ways to discover the protected lagoon of Rarotonga. Join the professional crew of Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruises on board one of their glass bottom boats and sail out over the world renown Muri Lagoon to the inner reef area where there is a huge variety of tropical marine life all around you.

After seeing the beautiful colourful coral either from the comfort of the boat or on a snorkelling trip you will be served a fantastic BBQ fish lunch on stunning Koromiri Island in the Muri lagoon. The tour guides will entertain you during lunch with a pareu tying demonstration and show you some of the local traditions and crafts that have been handed down over the centuries.

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2 Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruise

Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruise

3 Raro Safari 4WD inland tour
Raro Safari 4WD inland tour

Hit the high road fr £42pp

Take this four wheel drive safari tour on the inland roads and reach the heights of Rarotonga for some breathtaking views and scenery. Your guides give you commentary on history, cultural and traditional uses of floral and fauna and you experience sights and sounds that normal visitors miss.The 4WD vehicles are open top so you get great views all the time.

The Cook Islands are made up of a net of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over an area the size of India with a population no bigger than a small New Zealand country town. The unique and friendly Polynesians have their own language and government and enjoy a diverse culture with lots of differences between each island. And this safari is one of the most popular tours on the island.

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3 Raro Safari 4WD inland tour

Raro Safari 4WD inland tour

4 Pa's Island Treks
Pa's Island Treks

Pa for the course! fr £42pp

There is nothing quite like this island trek with legendary Cook Islander Pa, a great character who will lead you across the Island of Rarotonga and share his knowledge of the myths and legends, show you all the exotic flora and fauna and how plants are used to make traditional medicines which the locals have always used to cure their ills.

Part of this fascinating Island Trek is a fairly steep climb but it becomes easier the further you travel. The informative nature walk is slightly less strenuous and does not go across the island. Pa is a delightful Cook Islander and his talks contain lots of humour and his friendliness makes your trek a memorable and wonderful experience.

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4 Pa's Island Treks

Pa's Island Treks

5 Sail Rarotonga- Sunset Cruise
Sail Rarotonga- Sunset Cruise

Some enchanted evening fr £43pp

There are sunsets, then there are sunsets over the South Pacific and on this enchanting evening you may see one of the best of them. After boarding the S.V. Southern Cross you sail off on this romantic Sunset Cruise watchin the skies change colour by the minute as the sun sinks below the horizon. And as a bonus, if whales are in season you may get the chance to view them up close.

The Cook Islands are made up of a net of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over an area the size of India with a population no bigger than a small New Zealand country town. The unique and friendly Polynesians have their own language and government and enjoy a diverse culture with lots of differences between each island. And this sunset cruise is one of the top experiences while visiting.

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5 Sail Rarotonga- Sunset Cruise

Sail Rarotonga- Sunset Cruise

6 Highland Paradise - Island Night
Highland Paradise - Island Night

Dine Out on Village Culture fr £56pp

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during your stay you can enjoy a sunset cultural night, which is a unique, interactive and educational village experience. You will visit the marae (sacred area), watch a tapu lifting ceremony, take part in a warrior welcome and enjoy cocktails before a delicious underground oven (umu) feast.

After you memorable sunset meal sit back, relax, and watch a spectacular stage show telling the story of the Cook Islands ancient heritage through singing, dancing and drumming. The village dancers, musicians, chefs, barmen and guides are all descendants of Ariki (high chief) Tinomana and are proud to be part of the extended family which brings this mountain village back to life and keeps it alive for you.

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6 Highland Paradise - Island Night

Highland Paradise - Island Night

7 Te Vaka Lagoon Cruise
Te Vaka Lagoon Cruise

Six hours of magic fr £64pp

This full day lagoon cruise aboard the 21 meter Polynesian style Vaka Titi ai Tonga is one of the must do activities while staying on the Cook Islands. Every morning at 10am Mondays to Saturdays, the sound of the conch shell signals the departure of the Vaka for six hours of lagoon magic when you can snorkel, swim or just relax and sunbathe on board.

During this fun day you enjoy an island BBQ lunch of fresh caught ocean fish served on board and accompanied by a full bar service. Visit several motu (small islets) and beach comb at One Foot Island before returning past the old Teal flying boat base. Impromptu entertainment by the crew will have you tying pareu, weaving coconut leaf plates or humming island tunes.

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7 Te Vaka Lagoon Cruise

Te Vaka Lagoon Cruise

8 Aitutaki Day Tour
Aitutaki Day Tour

Day to remember fr £264pp

Everyone visiting the Cook Islands should take the opportunity to spend at least three nights on Aitutaki. But if you don’t have the time, then take this award winning tour. The Aitutaki Day Tour is a full day excursion to one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. After an early start for your short flight across to Aitutakim be sure your camera is at the ready for as you approach the island the view is spectacular.

After you land, you will be met by your guide and taken on a tour of the island, visiting the main township of Arutanga, the market place and the inland villages of Tautu and Vaipae. Then its on to the pier to board your traditionally designed catamaran for a slow cruise across the lagoon to the top reef taking you past many of the offshore motus and sand bars that are permanently raised above the high tide mark.

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8 Aitutaki Day Tour

Aitutaki Day Tour