7 Days Rarotonga & Aitutaki Cook Islands

Pacific Island Paradise - Rarotonga and Aitutaki
Swim with the turtles in Rarotonga - using a sea scooter
Needle Rarotonga
Rarotonga muddy 4wd buggy tours
Vaka lagoon cruise Aitutaki
Aitutaki Lagoon

7 Days Rarotonga & Aitutaki Cook Islands

Spend 4 nights in Rarotonga, the main island of the Cook Islands, and 2 nights in Aitutaki, a beautiful atoll with stunning lagoons. Relax on white-sand beaches, swim in crystal-clear waters, and explore lush rainforests. This is the perfect holiday for couples, families, or anyone looking for a relaxing and luxurious getaway.

Duration: 7 Days

Starts: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Finishes: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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Your Locations:
  1. Rarotonga Cook Islands
  2. Aitutaki Cook Islands

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Welcome to Rarotonga

Unwind in luxury upon arrival

Kia Orana Rarotonga! The largest and most populated island in the Cook Islands is the epitome of relaxation but with lashings of options for how to make the most of your visit. Unlike many other resort destinations – there is no need to limit yourself to the confines of the resort.

You can easily hire a car and dine where you want – whether its a fresh fish open air setting or the more refined locale of Tamarind Restaurant, and just as easily you can choose to grab your snorkel and mask and head to the ra-ui areas (protected marine reserves) at Aroko, Tikioki, Pouara and Nikao and Aroa ra’ui.

Today transfer to your self contained resort and settle in.

Swim with the turtles

Use a sea scooter or under your own fin power

Typically allow 2 hours for this outing. Rarotonga is a great place to swim with turtles. You can improve your chances of seeing turtles by taking a sea scooter safari. Sea scooters allow you to travel through the water much faster than you can by swimming, so you’ll be able to cover more ground and see more turtles. You’ll also be able to get up close to the turtles and observe them in their natural habitat.

Swim with the turtles in Rarotonga - using a sea scooter
4WD Buggy

Today if you are up for a little fun in a muddy type of way – then we have the perfect activity for you. This is a fun way to explore the island and test your buggy driving skills.

Raro Buggy Tours offers a unique way to explore Rarotonga’s off-road terrain. On their 90-minute tours, you’ll drive a 4×4 buggy through rainforests, past waterfalls, and along beaches.

Rarotonga muddy 4wd buggy tours
Sydney's Secrets

Relax at your resort and perhaps today is the day to visit the spa at the neigbouring property Pacific Resort Aitutaki has an on-site Tiare Spa where guests can pamper themselves with a massage or other spa or beauty treatments. The spa is located in a peaceful Polynesian setting and offers stunning views of the lagoon. Guests can relax and enjoy the sound of the waves while they are being treated.

All facials at the Tiare Spa feature Te Tika products, which are made from botanical and naturally derived ingredients exclusively from the Cook Islands. The Te Tika range is also available for purchase at the spa.

Te Manava Spa & Villas
DAY 5-6
Aitutaki Paradise

Today its a 50 minute flight to Aitutaki

Today you fly across the atolls to The Pacific Resort Aitutaki. This is the ultimate in luxury and offers many activities and amenities, so be sure to customize your stay to your personal preferences and interests. You can select from so many relaxing or active days – the choice is yours:

During your 2 night stay at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki, you can enjoy a range of activities and experiences. Here are some recommendations:

  • Aitutaki Lagoon Cruise: Embark on a memorable lagoon cruise to explore the breathtaking Aitutaki Lagoon. Marvel at the crystal-clear turquoise waters, visit secluded motus (islets), and snorkel among colorful coral reefs.
  • One Foot Island: Take a trip to One Foot Island, a picturesque islet known for its pristine beaches and stunning views. Get your passport stamped at the local post office and relax in the paradise-like surroundings.
  • Snorkeling and Diving: Discover the vibrant marine life of Aitutaki by snorkeling or diving. Explore the coral gardens, encounter tropical fish, and perhaps even spot sea turtles or rays.
  • Spa and Wellness: Indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments at the resort’s spa facilities. Pamper yourself with massages, facials, and other relaxing therapies, allowing you to unwind and revitalize.
  • Cultural Experiences: Immerse yourself in the rich Polynesian culture of Aitutaki. Engage in traditional activities such as pareu (sarong) tying, coconut husking demonstrations, or ukulele lessons.
  • Sunset Cruises: Experience the magic of Aitutaki’s sunsets with a romantic sunset cruise. Sail along the lagoon as the sky transforms into a colorful masterpiece, creating a truly unforgettable moment.
  • Island Exploration: Rent a bicycle or scooter and venture around the island of Aitutaki. Visit local villages, interact with friendly locals, and soak up the laid-back island atmosphere.
  • Fine Dining: Delight in delectable cuisine at the resort’s restaurants, which offer a blend of international flavors and traditional Polynesian dishes. Enjoy romantic dinners by the beach or savor gourmet meals under the starry sky.
Aerial shot of Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Farewell from Aitutaki

Return to Rarotonga for your onward journey

Your South Pacific journey comes to an end today.  This trip has offered a diverse range of experiences, from city culture to adventure sports to natural wonders and relaxation. Of course we tailor all of our trips to the individual and look forward to assisting with your Absolute South Pacific adventure.


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