©

Southern Cook Islands trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Southern Cook Islands

(4/5 based on 6,000+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: beaches, nature, adventure
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. Our Cook Islands itinerary maker allows you to plan your trip to Southern Cook Islands and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Southern Cook Islands

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities in Southern Cook Islands:
Beaches, adventure, nature
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Beaches, nature, sightseeing
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Nature, nightlife
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Religious sites
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to Southern Cook Islands

5 days in Rarotonga BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in New Zealand & Rarotonga BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Cook Islands BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Cook Islands BY A USER FROM CANADA June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Rarotonga BY A USER FROM CANADA February, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: February, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Rarotonga BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Rarotonga BY A USER FROM COOK ISLANDS November, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Samoa & Cook Islands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 6 days in Cook Islands BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in South Pacific & Europe BY A USER FROM SPAIN March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Cook Islands BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Cook Islands BY A USER FROM GHANA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News