A spectacular array of South Pacific jewels

Scattered like shimmering gems across almost 2 million sq km of tropical ocean, the 15 islands of the Cook Islands effortlessly blend convenience and modernity with authentic Polynesian traditions.

Combining gentle relaxation and beachy adventures, family-friendly Rarotonga is the ideal first stop for new visitors. Explore Muri Lagoon by snorkelling or on a paddleboard, before refuelling and recharging at the island’s excellent cafés and beachside restaurants. Authentic local flavours feature at Saturday morning's Punanga Nui market, while more active experiences include mountain biking and forest hiking.

To the north, Aitutaki's resorts and sublime lagoon attract honeymooners and fishing fans. Cruises on beautiful Aitutaki lagoon include more snorkelling and exploring the silky sands of One Foot Island. Elevated above the lagoon, Aitutaki's Avatea Cafe showcases local seafood, and is one of the South Pacific's best cafés.

Compact Atiu is the Cooks' third most-visited island and a haven for nature lovers. The rocky and remote raised coral atoll offers traditional Polynesian culture, exciting caving and fascinating birdwatching.