Note: Travel to any
destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited)
to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and
culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination,
check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice
about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
When to go:
You can dive year round, although the wettest and hottest months of the year are from November to March.
Marine Life Seasons:
July to October is a good time to visit as there is the possibility of seeing humpback whales
When to Get the Best Deals:
Rainy season from November to March.
What to Pack:
3/2 wetsuit, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, sturdy shoes for mountain trekking, DAN card.
Seasonal averages: 25°C/75°F in winter and 30°C/86°F in summer.
Seasonal averages: 27°C/82°F year-round.
New Zealand Dollar; Credit cards accepted at larger hotels and resorts.
Valid passport, no visa required.
Included in your airfare.
What to Eat:
Like other Polynesia islands, traditional Cook Island food is cooked in underground ovens called ‘umu. Taro, sweet potatoes, yams, pig, chicken, fish and goat are often wrapped in taro leaves and smothered in coconut cream, then left to steam in the ground under layers of banana leaves. Fresh seafood and locally grown fruits and vegetables also fill the menus of local restaurants.
What to Drink:
Matutu and Cooks Lager are two local brewed beers, but you’ll also find lots of imported New Zealand beers. On the island of Aitu you can find “beer drinking schools” that serve a home-made brew called tutumu, which is served in a ceremony somewhat like other places partake of kava. Fruit juice and cocktails involving fruit juice mixes abound.
Mountain bike or trek to tour an ancient village on Raratonga. Sea kayak the islands.
Customs and Culture:
The people of the Cook Islands are welcoming, warm and laid-back.
Vaka Eiva Festival, November; Manea Games, Mangaia, October; Tiare Festival, October; Te Maeva Nui Cultural Festival, July/August.
Electricity and Internet:
240 V and 50 Hz; Internet is somewhat available.
Drink the water?
Bottled water is recommended.
Cook Islands Maori dialects. English is widely spoken.