Cheap Flights to Cook Islands

Cook Islands overview

Fifteen islands in the South Pacific Ocean make up the Cook Islands: a self-governing country closely tied to New Zealand. The Polynesian lifestyle on these islands - a calm and carefree way of living, with a backdrop of blue skies, white sand and warm seas - keeps travellers booking flights to the Cook Islands every year.

Indeed, the country thrives on tourism. It is the leading economic industry, followed by offshore banking, pearls, marine and fruit exports. The country welcomes on average 90,000 visitors a year to the capital island of Rarotonga. It's here that tourists stop and relax before heading off on snorkelling adventures, hiking the mountains or simply sunbathing on the white sand beaches.

The weather in the Cook Islands is pleasant year-round, but it's likely to rain often. However, this shouldn't deter travelers from booking Cook Islands flights. The weather is warm and sunny and the rain, although imminent, is not terribly harsh.

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Cook Islands climate

You’ll be hard pressed to find a bad time to visit the Cook Islands. The weather is nice all year long and the temperature averages 28 degrees.

When to fly to Cook Islands

Peak Season:

April through November is the peak season, when temperatures are cooler and there is less rainfall

Off Season:

Less popular is December through March, however, this is really far from an “off season” as the rainfall is usually only in the afternoon.

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Getting around Cook Islands

The quickest way to get between the 15 islands is flying. Air Raratonga has flights between eight of them. If you’re planning on visiting more than one island, buy a pass for discounted fares.

Raratonga is only 32km (20 mile) circumference so there is no real need to hire a car. There is a bus services that loops the island. If you want to travel under your own steam, hiring a scooter is cheaper than a car.

Cook Islands insider information

  • Raratonga is the largest island and the arrival point for most tourists. It’s possible to take part in a cross-island trek, hiking through the rainforest in the centre. The trek takes between three and four hours and offers stunning views from the summit.
  • The main city on Raratonga is Avarua, capital of the islands. Don’t miss the Saturday market, which starts at 8am. Everything is on sale here, from food to jewellery.
  • North of Raratonga, Aitutaki is the second most visited island. The beaches here are stunning, and more secluded than those on Raratonga. The much-photographed, One Foot Island has the appearance of the perfect beach: arching palm trees stretch out over white sand towards the turquoise sea. Snorkelling from Aitutaki is excellent.
  • A local handicraft in the Cook Islands is Tivaivai, a sewn bed cover, the value of which is said to be determined by how much love and patience was put into its creation.
  • If possible, visit a Sunday Mass while you’re on the islands. This is quite an experience and the singing is amazing. Dress for the occasion – certainly no beach wear or overly casual clothes. Islanders will dress up in their Sunday best for church.
  • To visit some of the best beaches, take a lagoon cruise. You’ll visit areas that are only accessible by water, with no other holidaymakers – except those from your own boat.

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