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If you want to spend your honeymoon on the idyllic tropical island where you can enjoy perfect privacy and tranquility, think of the secluded beaches of the Cook Islands and its stunning blue lagoons with lush vegetation and white sand where you will only see your own footprints.
Scattered throughout the South Pacific and surrounded by Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, these paradise islands are the perfect haven for honeymooners. You can enjoy sunbathing on the beach, snorkeling and diving, eating delicious seafood and exploring natural beauties.
When to go
The climate in the Cook Islands is warm and pleasant all year round with its lovely tropical climate. However, you may want to avoid the rainy season during the summer months, which is also the hottest time of the year. The cyclone season lasts from January to March, but even then the rain comes in bursts and doesn’t last all day, so you can still enjoy swimming and sunbathing on the beach.
How to get there?
Air New Zealand has a direct flight from Sydney to Rarotonga, and the journey takes about 6 hours. With Virgin Australia there are flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that connect via Auckland.
Where to stay?
The best places to stay on Rarotonga Island are located on the beautiful Muri Beach. We recommend Pacific Resort, which has a beautiful view, great facilities, first-rate service, and an intimate barefoot bar located on the beach. We also love the Sokalla Villas, which offer accommodation in their beautiful wooden houses on the beach, some of which include a private pool. If you want to go to the island of Mauke, you can rent a beautiful beach hut, while the best place on the island of Atiu is called Atiu Villas, and it is located in the middle of beautiful gardens with a large swimming pool and a restaurant that serves excellent food. Mitiaro Island offers accommodation in a traditional Kikau hut, and if you want to visit other remote islands, you must find a tour agency that can arrange accommodation for you.
The Cook Islands are ideal for couples who want to get away from the whole world and enjoy some leisure time on the beach in perfect solitude. However, there are many things to explore for newlyweds who would like to experience some adventure as well.
The easiest way to get around is by scooter, but you can also rent a car or bicycle or even use public transport. If you want to explore the ocean, you can rent kayaks or dive and snorkel. If you are in Rarotonga, you can take a walking tour of the island, visit the Perfume Factory, where you can buy beauty products handmade and made with pure coconut oil, and visit the Avarya Library Museum and Society, where You will find memorabilia dedicated to Captain Cook.
Don’t miss out on exploring other islands as well. You can organize a day trip or even stay a little longer on one of the small isolated islands to change the scenery. Aitutaki is very popular and you can stay at the award-winning and luxurious Pacific Resort, which features modern facilities, quality service and fine dining.
Shopping can be fun too. If you want to find a perfect souvenir, we recommend that you go shopping for pearls. They can be found in different colors, including black, which are the rarest in the world, and are sold at very good prices.
What to eat
All seafood and vegetables are fresh and locally produced, so all the meals that can be found in restaurants and bars are simply delicious. There is a wide range of restaurants in Rarotonga and we recommend that you try a seafood platter at The Tumunu, delicious Chinese dishes at The Oasis, and Ocean Strike Catch at Sails. For a local specialty, try “umukai,” a hearty meal baked in the underground oven, and “matu rori,” a salad made from baked sea cucumber, lemon, and green banana.
Getting married in the Cook Islands
If you want a truly unforgettable wedding, these paradisiacal islands offer you many possibilities. Marriages are internationally recognized and legally binding, and you will certainly find an option to suit your budget.
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