26 days in Cook Islands, Samoa & Bali Itinerary

26 days in Cook Islands, Samoa & Bali Itinerary

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
Fly to Rarotongo, Taxi to Rarotonga
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
— 8 nights
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Taxi to Rarotongo, Fly to Apia, Drive to Upolu
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Upolu, Samoa
— 6 nights
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Drive to Faleolo International Airport, Fly to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Drive to Kuta
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Kuta, Indonesia
— 6 nights
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands — 2 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aitutaki Lagoon and O'otu Beach. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stop by T & S Artworx, admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, and step off the mainland to explore Moturakau.

Plan my day in Aitutaki using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Oslo, Norway to Aitutaki is an approximately 38-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT) is minus 11 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Rarotonga.
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands — 8 nights

The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle.
Explore hidden gems such as Muri Lagoon and Titikaveka Beach. And it doesn't end there: have fun at Cocoputt, steep yourself in history at Cook Islands Cultural Village, take in the awesome beauty at Te Rua Manga (The Needle), and stroll through Aroa Marine Reserve.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rarotonga tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Aitutaki to Rarotonga takes 3 hours. In October in Rarotonga, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll set off for Upolu on the 11th (Tue).
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Upolu, Samoa — 6 nights

Samoa's second-largest island, Upolu contains the nation's capital city, along with the majority of its population.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like To Sua Ocean Trench and Lalomanu Beach. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Papaseea Sliding Rock, and see the vivid underwater world at Giant Clam Sanctuary.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Upolu trip builder site.

Getting from Rarotonga to Upolu by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 14 hours. You'll lose 23 hours traveling from Rarotonga to Upolu due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kuta.
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Kuta, Indonesia — 6 nights

Formerly a sleepy fishing village, the beach resort town of Kuta now represents one of Indonesia's most popular tourist destinations.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balangan Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuta: Blue Point Beach (in Ungasan), Saraswati Temple (in Ubud) and Jatiluwih Green Land (in Tabanan). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Geger Beach Nusa Dua Bali, take a stroll through Kuta Square, get your game on at Paintball, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings and other tourist information, go to the Kuta online itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Upolu to Kuta. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Upolu to Kuta due to the time zone difference. In October in Kuta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel back home.
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Cook Islands travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.
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Samoa travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · History Museums
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.
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Bali travel guide

4.2
World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.
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