Spend a week in paradise at the laid-back Cook Islands. Explore the gorgeous islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki, cruise the lagoon in a traditional vaka, and see the islands from above on a scenic flight.
From $5,699 per person
Includes in-country flights
Based on 2 travelers
This romantic, 10-night Cook Islands Vacation is perfect for a couple looking for island adventure. We put this vacation package together for a couple from Vancouver who wanted a luxurious island getaway with plenty of indulgence. We sent them to Nautilus Resort Rarotonga, where they stayed in a beachfront villa. They spent part of their Romantic Cook Islands Vacation package enjoying the gorgeous ocean views, gourmet meals, relaxing Polynesian spa treatments, and their private saltwater plunge pool overlooking the white sands of Rarotonga.
Then they took off to the neighboring island of Aitutaki. While there, they took a cruise in a traditional vaka and went snorkeling in the brilliant blue waters of the island’s large lagoons before enjoying a romantic picnic on the beach. They had several days of leisure to simply relax and indulge in the laid-back island lifestyle. They loved soaking in their private plunge pool, listening to the gently lapping waves and gazing out over the dramatic sunset with drinks in hand.
But their Romantic Cook Islands Vacation had some adventures, as well. They decided to rent bicycles one day to explore the lush tropical island and visit secluded beaches. Rarotonga’s flat and beautiful landscape makes it perfect for easy bike riding with breathtaking views around every corner. They also stopped at some local markets for delicious fresh produce and gifts to bring back home.
During their Romantic Cook Islands Vacation, they decided to indulge in a fabulous scenic flight over the island. They loved the views of the inland valleys and plantations, and watching the turquoise reef drop off into the deep blue ocean. It was certainly a romantic highlight of their trip! Their final evening in the Cook Islands was spent relaxing and being pampered in their gorgeous villa.
Say hello to the idyllic Cook Islands! Arrive on the island of Rarotonga, where you’ll receive a meet and greet with flower lei at the airport, and settle into Nautilus Resort. This eco-friendly resort epitomizes the ideal tropical island escape location. Leave the real world behind and immerse yourself in a tropical island oasis surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of Rarotonga. Enjoy a complimentary fruit platter on arrival and a gourmet breakfast of tropical fruits daily. Your spacious beachfront are’ includes a private plunge pool with a gorgeous ocean view.
Nautilus Resort Rarotonga
Day 2 – 6
The next few days are yours yours to spend at your leisure. Venture further into the island for hiking or bike riding in this tropical paradise, or go swimming, snorkeling, and paddle boarding on the beach. Or if you please, you can simply relax in your saltwater plunge pool, looking out over the white sands and the azure waters of the lagoon. One day, you’ll be treated to a spectacular 30-minute flightseeing excursion over the island. See the inland valleys and plantations, and watch the turquoise reef drop off into the deep blue ocean.
Nautilus Resort Rarotonga
Today you are off to the neighboring island of Aitutaki Fly over stunning turquoise waters, tour the island of Aitutaki, then board a vaka (boat) to cruise the beautiful lagoon. Stop at several motus (tiny islets), where you can walk on the beach and keep an eye out for rare tropical birds. There will also be many opportunities to swim and snorkel between stops. Enjoy a delicious lunch onboard consisting of freshly caught fish grilled on the BBQ and served with salads made from local, organic fruit and vegetables. Finally, stop at the small One Foot Island, home to pristine beaches and swaying palm trees.
Then land at your resort for the next few days. At this idyllic romantic retreat feel free to laze in a hammock, slip into the luminous lagoon, ease into a soothing massage at SpaPolynesia Aitutaki, and enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner together on the beach as the sun sets and the tropical moon and stars come out to play. There’s also a beach chapel for incurable romantics wanting to say ‘I do’ whilst in Aitutaki. Complimentary activities include stand-up paddle-boarding at one of the best locations on Planet Earth for the sport.
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort
Spend the next 2 days soaking up the natural beauty and friendly island atmosphere of Aitutaki. The lagoon is the perfect playground for snorkeling, kayaking, water skiing, stand up paddleboarding, and more. Lounge on the pristine white sand beach and enjoy the postcard-worthy view with a cocktail (or a few!).
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort
Today brings the end of your amazing Cook Islands vacation. Watch the island drop away beneath you as you head back to the States. Or, if you wish, continue on to an adventure in New Zealand!
- 6 nights Nautilus Resort Rarotonga – Beachfront are’
- Scenic flight over Rarotonga
- 4 Nights Aitutaki Lagoon Resort
- Traditional vaka cruise
- Roundtrip flights to Aitutaki
- Meet and Greet at airport
- Round trip airport transfers