22 days in Southern Cook Islands Itinerary

22 days in Southern Cook Islands Itinerary

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Muri, Rarotonga
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Muri, Rarotonga

— 12 nights
Raratonga's lagoon measures widest and deepest around Muri, attracting large numbers of tourists to swim, snorkel, dive, and boat in the turquoise water filled with tropical sea life.
Muri is known for nightlife, spas, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Papua ( Wigmore's) Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Matutu Brewery.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Muri road trip planning site.

San Francisco, USA to Muri is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Muri, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect nights in Muri to be warmer, around 76°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Muri

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 21:

Aitutaki

— 8 nights
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Aitutaki is known for parks, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at One Foot Island, shop like a local with T & S Artworx, get outside with Akaiami, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Maungapu.

Plan trip to Aitutaki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Muri to Aitutaki with the Route module. On the 29th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Southern Cook Islands travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.