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Southern Cook Islands

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A mix of bush-covered islands and coral atolls, Southern Cook Islands are the peaks of long-dormant volcanoes, slowly sinking into the sea. Though consisting of only nine of the 15 Cook Islands, Southern Cook Islands are home to nine tenths of the population, most of whom live on Rarotonga. Home to Avarua, capital of Cook Islands, Rarotonga is as close to bustling as things get way out here in the Pacific, with its two bus routes (clockwise and counterclockwise around the island) and many hotels, resorts, restaurants, and bars. Nearest to Rarotonga is Aitutaki, or Honeymoon Island, with its turquoise lagoon filled with tropical fish and giant clams, surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world. Not that any of the beaches in the Southern Cook Islands are likely to disappoint: each is a tropical paradise, from the ancient limestone caves and coffee plantations of Atiu, to the Makatea islands of Mauke, Mitiaro, and Mangaia, where traditional village life still holds strong. Make your own Southern Cook Islands vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Cook Islands trip planner.
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Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Beach
Aitutaki Lagoon Aitutaki
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Duration: 2 hours
One Foot Island ©
Island
One Foot Island Aitutaki
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Muri Lagoon ©
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Muri Lagoon Rarotonga
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Aitutaki
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Wildlife in Southern Cook Islands

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Pacific Divers ©
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Pacific Divers Rarotonga
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Adventure Cook Islands ©
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Adventure Cook Islands Arorangi
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Duration: 2 hours
Dive Rarotonga ©
Scuba / Snorkeling
Dive Rarotonga Rarotonga
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Aitutaki Adventures
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Aitutaki Adventures Aitutaki
4.7
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Southern Cook Islands

The Dive Centre - The Big Fish ©
Scuba / Snorkeling
The Dive Centre - The Big Fish Aroa Beach
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
Akura Fishing Charters ©
Fishing Charter / Tour
Akura Fishing Charters Rarotonga
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
O'otu Beach ©
Beach
O'otu Beach Aitutaki
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Bergman & Sons ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Bergman & Sons Avarua
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Duration: 2 hours

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Punanga Nui ©
Flea Market
Punanga Nui Avarua
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Natua Ukulele ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Natua Ukulele Aroa Beach
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
Tivaevae Collectables ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Tivaevae Collectables Rarotonga
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
T & S Artworx
Gift & Specialty Shop
T & S Artworx Aitutaki
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Southern Cook Islands

Papua ( Wigmore's) Waterfall
Waterfall
Papua ( Wigmore's) Waterfall Rarotonga
1.0
Duration: 2 hours
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) ©
Mountain
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) Rarotonga
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Mount Maungapu ©
Mountain
Mount Maungapu Aitutaki
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Moturakau ©
Island
Moturakau Aitutaki
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Beaches in Southern Cook Islands

Titikaveka Beach ©
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Titikaveka Beach Titikaveka
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Aroa Beach ©
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Aroa Beach Arorangi
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Duration: 2 hours
Black Rock Beach
Beach
Black Rock Beach Rarotonga
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Duration: 2 hours
Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise ©
Specialty Museum
Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise Rarotonga
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Marlin Queen Fishing Charters ©
Fishing Charter / Tour
Marlin Queen Fishing Charters Rarotonga
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Island Crafts ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Island Crafts Avarua
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Duration: 1 hour
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Muri
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

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