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Cruises to the Cook Islands

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Featured Cook Islands Cruises

Holland America Line

The 2023 Hawaii, South Pacific & Australia Discovery

  • 06 Oct 2023
  • 40 nights
  • Ship: Noordam
  • Fly Cruise
  • Flights Included

Itinerary: San Diego, California - Hilo, Hawaii - Lahaina, Hawaii - Honololu, Hawaii - Kona - Christmas Island(Kiritimati), Pacific - Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Moorea - Papeete, Tahiti,..…

Includes: Exclusive Complimentary Stateroom Upgrades^, 4★ Hotel Stays in San Diego & Sydney*, Exclusive Complimentary On Board Spend of up to $900*, EXCLUSIVE COMPLIMENTARY Blue Mountains...

Holland America Line

South Pacific Crossing

  • 08 Oct 2022
  • 35 nights
  • Ship: Noordam
  • Fly Cruise

Itinerary: San Diego, California - Honololu, Hawaii - Lahaina, Hawaii - Kona - Hilo, Hawaii - Christmas Island(Kiritimati), Pacific - Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Moorea - Papeete, Tahiti,..…

Includes: Crew Appreciation Included when you book by 8pm 23rd August 2022*, SAVE up to an Incredible 40%*, Full board cruising*, 5★ Premium Cruising*

Ambassador Cruise Line

London to Sydney

  • 06 Jan 2024
  • 49 nights
  • Ship: Ambience
  • Fly Cruise

Itinerary: London (Tilbury) - Rotterdam - Leixoes for Oporto - Ponta Delgada - Bridgetown - Willemstad, Curacao - San Blas Islands - Nuku Hiva - Papeete, Tahiti - Bora Bora - Huahine, Maroe..…

Includes: Solo Travellers SAVE up to 50% when you book by 8pm 31st August 2022*, 3rd & 4th Guests travel for Only £40 per person per night*, Pound sterling on board*, Small ship, Full-Board.…

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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

ROL Cruise recommends…

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.