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from £4,499pp
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Callao to Port Klang

All meals throughout your cruise - from five course a la carte dining to informal buffets and late-night snacks, Self service tea & coffee facilities at selected venues., All evening entertainment,…

29 January 2018 | 47 Nights
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines : Black Watch

Callao (for Lima), Peru, Paracas, Peru, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Papeete, Tahiti, Bora, Bora French Polynesia, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Auckland, New Zealand, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, Sydney,…

from £4,953pp
Cabin type: Outside

Polynesian Palette

Complimentary select fine wines, premium spirits, champagnes, dining in each speciality restaurant once per cruise, All gratuities for dining room and wait staff, 60 minutes complimentary Wi-Fi and…

03 March 2018 | 15 Nights
Crystal Cruises : Crystal Symphony

Auckland, New Zealand, Bay of Islands, Lautoka, Fiji, Yasawa-I-Rara, Fiji, Alofi, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Aitutaki, Cook Islands, Bora Bora (viatape), French Polynesia, Mooréa, Society Islands,…

from £4,599pp
Cabin type: Inside

Pacific Odyssey & Polynesian Crossing

Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, many with private verandas, All meals throughout your cruise - five course fine dining, informal buffets and late-night snacks throughout the day and early…

28 March 2019 | 40 Nights
Holland America Line : ms Maasdam

Brisbane, Noumea, New Caledonia, Tadine, Luganville, Port Vila, Vanuatu, Mystery Island, Lautoka, Fiji, Savusavu, Vanua Levi, Fiji, Dravuni Island, Fiji, Waitangi (Bay of Islands), Tauranga (Rotorua),…

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Another day in paradise

Laze on pearly white beaches, wade into cool, calm lagoons and meet extraordinary people in scenic surroundings.

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

Market of Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Market of Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

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1. Underwater wonders

Once dominated by a volcanic pyramid, the statuesque island of Rarotonga is the capital of the Cook Islands. The green carpeted mountains at its centre descend into glistening sands and a sparkling blue lagoon. The sweeping shoreline and turquoise waters make Muri the most popular beach in Rarotonga. Snorkel with technicolour fish on the reef, visit the lagoon's uninhabited islands, or admire the marine life from a glass-bottomed boat. From July to October you may be lucky enough to spot a migrating whale as it passes Rarotonga en route to warmer waters. Plenty of vantage points on land enable this breathtaking bonus to the holiday of your dreams.

2. Experiencing the culture

Originally populated by the Maori from Polynesia, the Cook Islands retain a strong history and culture. Traditional woven, carved and painted crafts can be found across the island, particularly images of Tangaroa, a son of Ranginui (the Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Mother Earth), and god of the sea. Search for a souvenir in his image as you enjoy local music and dance at the weekly market or immerse yourself completely at a cultural village.

3. Touring with Pa

The irregular terrain of Rarotonga's interior makes unguided trips difficult, though intrepid adventurers can still explore its lush heart with an experienced guide. Well-known local, Pa, runs two walking tours; a cross island trek and a more gentle nature walk. His joie de vivre and encyclopaedic knowledge is captivating as you discover Noni plantations and paddy fields, and learn about native flora and their medicinal uses. Visit Avarua and admire panoramic vistas before reaching the idyllic Muri Lagoon.

4. A reason to stay

The beauty of the Cook Islands is their remoteness, making for slow, relaxing travel between them.. Rarotonga's closest inhabited neighbour is Aitutaki, around 160 miles away. Its vast lagoon encircled by coral reefs and sandy islets offers great snorkeling and scuba diving sites. Boats and ferries are few and far between so a light aeroplane flight is the fastest way to get there.

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