Cheap Flights to Cook Islands

Cook Islands is a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand located in Polynesia, in the middle of South Pacific Ocean. The 15-island country has a total land area of 240km2 (92.7 sq mi). It also has two reefs, both are submerged: Tema Reef and Winslow Reef.

Its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers 1,800,000km2 (690,000 sq mi) of ocean. The country is nestled between French Polynesia (Society Islands) to the east and Tonga to the west. Its main population inhabits the island of Rarotonga. The country’s capital and largest city is Avarua. Cook Islands’ main industry is tourism, which also ranks as the leading element of the economy, followed by offshore banking, pearls, as well as fruit and marine exports.

This island country is rich in so many ways. Historically, you’ll see how deep Polynesian culture is imbibed in its people. It is not short of natural sceneries, some of which are the most spectacular in the South Pacific. Its capital and largest island, Rarotonga, is covered with mountains, jungles, and beautifully adorned by white beaches. Aitutaki, another tourist favorite, is perched on top of the largest coral lagoon in the world, home to a spectacular ecomarine life. The rocky island of Atiu is home to coffee plantations, limestone caves, and flows with bush beer. Traditional village life is prominent in the Makatea islands of Mau’ke, Mitiaro, and Mangaia. Lastly, there are the unspoiled, far-flung black pearl fields of Penrhyn and Manihiki. Other top destinations in the country include the beautiful Muri Beach, the spectacular Anatatkitaki cave, and the white-coral Cook Islands Christian Church. Also, don’t forget to try out Cook Islands’ local dishes like ika mata (raw fish), umu food, curried eke (octopus in coconut curry), rukau (Taro leaves), and poke (cooked fruit pudding), which are available at the Avarua market.

How to get around within Cook Islands

Air Rarotonga offers domestic inter-island flights. Air transit is much favorable since most of the roads in the country are unpaved. In general, there are no fixed schedules for boats and ferries that offer inter-island services. You can visit all inhabited islands by inter-island freighters but be reminded that this may

take a long period of time, much longer if you wish to visit remote islands. Takutea and Manuae, which are both uninhabited, can only be reached via the research vessel Bounty Bay, which is operated by Rarotonga-based Pacific Expeditions.

How to get there

Anyone who’s travelling to the Cook Islands must have a pre-arranged accommodation, or else you may be sent back on the next flight out. Camping on the beach is restricted. The main gateway to the country is via Rarotonga International Airport. It has daily services to Auckland and weekly services to Fiji, Los Angeles, and Sydney. It is served by Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti, and Virgin Australia. The island is a famous stopover on round-the-world flights. The islands of Aitutaki and Rarotonga are regular stops for cruises coming from Tahiti, with some occasional cruises operated by other companies that also stop here. If you’re planning to sail to the country, there are five designated ports of entry, three in the south, and two in the north.  

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