Our Favorite Beach Vacations

Hi Everyone, as I write this week’s blog, it’s a gloomy, cool and rainy day in Chicago and I think it’s the perfect time to think about a sunny and exotic beach getaway.  We love our South Pacific paradises of the Cook Islands and Bora Bora are excited to share a few of our favorite beach vacations with you!

Paradise in the Cook Islands

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An amazing aerial of sunny Rarotonga Island. Image: Tourism Cooks

Breathe in the fresh pure air. Wade into the cool, calm, blue lagoons. Let the untouched charm of the beautiful Cook Islands capture your spirit and hold your heart. The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, scattered like fragrant frangipani petals floating across 2.2 million square kilometres of a seductive, sensual ocean. Boasting rare beauty, an idyllic climate, warm welcoming people with the widest white smiles and a pace of life unsurpassed for peace: the Cook Islands is paradise.


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The view of Rumours from the beach. Image: Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path and romantic, Rumours has just what you need. This luxury Cook Islands resort offers gorgeous villas with private swimming pools, breathtaking views of the magnificent lagoon, and a white coral sand beach right off of your private deck. Follow the link and read more about one of our favorite island getaways.

Beautiful Aitutaki

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A boat on peaceful Aitutaki Lagoon. Image: Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

A must-do for any Cook Island traveler is a full day Vaka cruise of the “most beautiful lagoon in the world.” This unique Polynesian craft will bring you to several motu (small islets). You can even beach comb at One Foot Island. Get ready for some island fun, you might even learn to hum some island tunes! Discover more with one of our handcrafted itineraries featuring Aitutaki Resort.

Pacific Resort Rarotonga

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Kayaks available for taking out on the lagoon. Image: Pacific Resort Rarotonga

The island paradise of Rarotonga is legendary for its beauty. The mountainous peaks of the inner island are ringed by spectacularly beautiful beaches and stunning lagoons of crystal clear water. The most beautiful of these is in Muri, and it is here that Pacific Resort Rarotonga is located.

Swimming with Turtles in Bora Bora

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Being able to swim with turtles in Bora Bora is an unforgettable experience. Image: Le Meridian

Make your island getaway special and swim with the majestic and endangered sea turtles at Le Meridian Bora Bora private lagoon. Take a tour of the facility and learn about the conservation efforts of the Turtle Sanctuary. Enjoy your swim as the curious turtles hang out with you, but make sure you do not touch the turtles, as the acidity from your skin can be harmful to these amazing sea creatures!

Cook Island Delicacies

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The exquisite seafood of the Cook Islands. Image: Pacific Resort Rarotonga

Traditional Cook Island dishes feature the freshest of local produce and seafood. The most popular dishes include Rori (sea cucumber eaten either raw or cooked with butter, garlic, and spice), Ika (raw fish that’s been marinated in lemon juice and served with onion and coconut cream), Rukau (coconut cream, salt, onions, mixed with mashed taro leaves), and Umukai (a traditional feast held on special occasions- literally meaning “food from the oven.”). Delicious!

Overwater Bliss

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Peacefully rest over the ocean while staying in an overwater bungalow. Image: Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

Make your next getaway unforgettable with an overwater bungalow Cook Islands vacation!

Ready to begin planning your own trip to some of the South Pacific’s magnificent beaches? Browse our custom South Pacific travel packages, or give us a call at 888-367-0933 to begin planning the adventure of a lifetime!