Cook Islands Marine Life

Did you know that the Cook Islands are a mix of coral atolls and volcanic islands? There are loads of gorgeous, tranquil lagoons that are home to incredible Cook Islands marine life. Within the waters of the Cook Islands, you can find an amazing array of fish, including clownfish, bullseyes, gropers, leatherjackets, parrotfish, pufferfish, surgeonfish, sweetlips, and trivially. You might also bump into rays, eels, and octopus!  

Migratory species make their way here throughout the year, including blind sharks, shovelnose sharks, leopard sharks, grey nurse sharks, wobbegongs, and sperm whales! However, the true stars of the warm island waters are the green sea turtles and loggerhead turtles, which you’re bound to see while diving and snorkeling.


If you’re looking for great diving sites, Rarotonga (the main island) has some of the best in the Pacific. There are about 40 dives sites just around the island.  

With the amount of marine life that calls this paradise home, it’s no wonder that conservation plays a key role in the Cook Islands and the leading communities of the Cooks have committed to one of the largest conservation initiatives in the world: Marae Moana, the Cook Islands Marine Park. This new park will provide protection to the rich marine biodiversity of the Cooks, covering 1.1 millions square kilometers of the Exclusive Economic Zone (that’s 425,000 square miles!). Click here to learn more and see how you can help!

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Make your Cook Islands adventure even more exciting with an overwater bungalow stay!  Witness the amazing marine life from above on your private deck or jump right off into the lagoon and start your day with a swim or snorkel.

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