HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COOK ISLANDS
Experience the real way of life of the Cook Islanders by going off the beaten track and visiting villages living on true island time, with villagers upholding traditional customs such as harvesting crops, craft-making and fishing.
Food and Drink
The Cook Islands make the most of their abundant local produce, including tropical fruit, especially coconut and mango, vegetables such as taro, and seafood such as mahi mahi.
Music is a part of local life, and can be found anywhere you go, from beating drums to gently strumming ukuleles, often accompanied by dancing. See fire dancers in the village of Vaipae (nicknamed Hollywood), and go to one of the beautiful white churches on a Sunday, where services are marked with enthusiastic singing and dancing.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts are also intrinsic to the Cook Islands way of life, especially wood carvings- legend has it that ancient islanders carved the poles of their huts, their canoes and their weapons. Today, you will find many carved examples of the Tangaroa, a local symbol, alongside woven pandanus (coconut fibre) hats, necklaces made of shells and pareaus (sarongs) with traditional printed designs.
One of the jewels of the Cook Islands, it’s no accident that the beautiful island of Aitutaki is also known as Honeymoon Island. This is the place to be for an idyllic wedding or honeymoon. Sunbathe on impossibly perfect beaches, swim in the crystal clear waters of incredibly blue lagoons and stay in luxurious beachfront hotels where you can watch the sunset from your private balcony.