Cook Island resorts offer a great holiday experience for everyone from couples and families to groups of friends and work mates. It’s the perfect place to let your hair down, try something new and relax away from the everyday pressures of home life. The main island is Rarotonga which is circled by the convenient Ara Tapu ring road joining up all the towns and villages on the perimeter of the island. The ring road makes transport fun and easy whether you choose to travel by bus, rental car, motorbike, bicycle or on foot.
Most Cook Island resorts are located on the island of Rarotonga. They are always close to the beach with all its associated water activities including swimming, kayaking and snorkelling. The inviting turquoise lagoon waters are crystal clear, making boat cruising particularly enjoyable. The Koka Lagoon glass bottom boat cruise takes three hours and includes a stopover on the Motu Koromiri island off Muri Beach where you can indulge in an island barbecue feast and a traditional sing-a-long with the ukulele. A different cruising option can be found with the Raro Reef Sub which some call the Yellow Submarine. The sub takes you over a 1916 shipwreck as well as through schools of colourful tropical fish, eels, sharks, sting rays and turtles.
Several companies make it easy for you to tour the island, with a guide or on your own. Coconut Tours features self-drive tours where you can follow the tour guide on a jungle quad or an island buggy, as well as a 4WD land cruiser tour with a driver and knowledgeable island guide. The Raro Safari Tour is another good option. You will board a 4WD vehicle and explore the hills above the island which offer incredible views. If you’re big on technology, you can even guide yourself by MP3. With Mai tours, you don’t need to follow timetable, just hire the MP3 player and drive by car or scooter to the tour guide’s recorded commentary. You will hear about historical landmarks, ancient marae sites and legends.
For those who love walking in nature, there is plenty of opportunity near the Cook Island resorts on offer. You can explore the trails yourself or participate in a guided tour. One such tour is known as Pa’s Mountain Walks which offers several tours including one where you can learn about the native medicinal plants. Another option is the Takitimu Nature Walk where you can spot native plant and bird life.
For something a bit different, Atiu Tours offers a trip into the Rimarau Burial Cave or the Anatakitaki Kopeka Bird Caves. The burial cave trip gives you an insight into the archaeological history of the area and the bird caves trip takes you into the unforgettable world of the unique kopeka birds which navigate through caverns using an echo locating click system.
The hosts at Cook Island resorts will be happy to give you all the information you need to keep active during your stay.