COOK ISLANDS
TRAVEL GUIDE

small black butterfly on a plant

Introducing Cook Islands

Someone better tell the Maldives to move over, because the Cook Islands are here to vie for the title of the world's most beautiful beach destination. And it's hard to argue with the Cook Islands' claim - just look at the photos of the crystal clear blue water and the white sandy beaches. Sure, getting there is a challenge to be sure, but it also means fewer people to battle for a stretch of sand between your toes. And you may end up finding that leaving is even harder than coming in the first place! 

Plan Your Trip to Cook Islands:

NEED TO KNOW

Language: English and Cook Islands Māori

Currency: New Zealand Dollar ($1 = ~1.62 dollars).

Credit Cards & ATMs: In Rarotonga and Aitutaki, most restaurants accept credit cards (Visa and MasterCard, not AMEX), and ATMs are widely available. Still, it's best to make sure that you have enough cash on hand at all times.

Plugs: Type I, 240V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter

Safety: The Cook Islands is a very safe place to visit. Just remember to practice caution and use common sense when it comes to your belongings to avoid any petty theft incident. It is also a good idea to check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination. 

Book Your Cook Islands Accommodation

  • BOOKING
  • HOTELSCOMBINED

TOP COOK ISLANDS
DESTINATIONS

  • Rarotonga
  • Aitutaki
  • Arorangi

Disclosure: If you make a purchase through any of the links on this travel guide for Cook Islands, we may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!

WHEN TO VISIT COOK ISLANDS

The best time to visit the Cook Islands is generally during the months of September to November. You'll be able to experience and enjoy the island life with comfortable temperatures but without the usual crowd of tourists.

Cook Islands
Facts and Trivia

  • You'll be happy to know that there are no homeless people in Rarotonga since houses are passed from one generation to the next. In line with this, no houses are for sale in Rarotonga.
  • There is a government mandate in Rarotonga that not one building on the island is allowed to be taller than a coconut tree.
  • The first Polynesians who arrived and settled in the Cook Islands originated from Tahiti. 

COOK ISLANDS TRAVEL ARTICLES

May 1, 2020


What to Pack for Cook Islands

ARE YOU PROTECTED FOR COOK ISLANDS?

When travel goes wrong, travel insurance can protect you. Buy it now before you forgot. Click the button below to use our favorite site for comparing policies:

view of a big wave of the ocean

Driving in Cook Islands

The Cook Islands drive on the left hand side of the road. When seraching for options and deciding to rent a car, we suggest using Discover Car Hire to compare the best rental agencies.

Book Your Cook Islands 
Flights Now:

Scroll to Top