Often referred to as the Jewels of the Pacific, the fifteen small Cook Islands are scattered over some two million square kilometers of ocean. Set between the island neighbours of Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti and French Polynesia.
Rarotonga has the largest landmass of all the Cook Islands, with rugged volcanic hills up to 653 meters high. The other islands are either atolls like Aitutaki or raised up reefs.
The Cook Islands are divided into two groups – the Northern Cook Islands and the Southern Cook Islands. A total land area of some 240 square kilometers. Rarotonga lies in the Southern Group and has the largest population (Approx 9,000 people). It is a lush volcanic island with an encompassing reef and lagoon. Pacific travellers often comment that the Cook Islands have some of the most beautiful and diverse scenery of any group in the South Pacific – from turquoise waters and white sandy beaches to scenic waterfalls and rugged peaks.
Rarotonga the most popular destination in the Cook Islands, is renowned for its sailing, diving, fishing, outdoor pursuits and the clear turquoise lagoon that contains an abundant variety of marine life.
Learn more about the Cook Islands, Rarotonga and the amazing activities, night life and island highlights offered in this pacific paradise.
Find out more about our Rarotonga accommodation.
When you fly to the beautiful Cook Islands from New Zealand and Australia you will cross the international dateline and this generally means you will arrive in Rarotonga one day earlier than when you leave!
This can be a little confusing however our friendly team at Sea Change Villas will be able to advise you fully on this in your enquiry.
If you are flying from North America via Los Angeles there is only a 2 - 3-hour time difference between Los Angeles and Rarotonga and you will depart LA late in the evening and arrive around 7am the following morning.
Please refer to the Air New Zealand website for full details of their flights and pricing.
Virgin Australia offers five flights a week from Auckland, New Zealand which all connect with Virgin Australia flights to Australia.
Please refer to the Virgin Australia website for full details.
JetStar offers three flights a week from Auckland, New Zealand with all connecting with JetStar flights to Australia. Please refer to the JetStar website for full details for full details.
Air Tahiti Nui offers a weekly service between Papeete and Rarotonga.
Please refer to the Air Tahiti Nui website for full details.