Cook Islands Honeymoon Travel Guide

Famous for unspoiled sugar-white beaches and a perfect year-round climate, the Cook Islands is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples wanting to celebrate their special occasion in a stunning south sea location.


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The Cook Islands - Image courtesy of Cook Islands Tourism

Introducing The Cook Islands

Blessed with sugar-white beaches and genuine friendly Polynesian people, the Cook Islands offer all the ingredients you need for a magical honeymoon experience.

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What to do and see

Enjoy the Cook Islands by relaxing on the beach, swimming and snorkelling in multihued lagoons teeming with colourful reef fish and be pampered with a range of creature comforts at a choice of intimate beach resorts that specialise in honeymoon packages.

The Cook Islands comprise 15 islands, of which Rarotonga, Aitutaki and ‘Atiu are the largest and offer the widest choice of honeymoon accommodation.

The distant Cook Islands of Penrhyn and Manihiki are renowned for stunning black South Sea pearls – the perfect Cook Islands' honeymoon memento and easily found in the shops of Rarotonga and Aitutaki.

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Rarotonga Island

Discover a small, circular island ringed by pristine, palm-fringed sugar-white beaches that edge mountain slopes covered in lush rainforest – similar to the South Pacific island of Tahiti or the Hawaiian island of Maui. (Fortunately, the Cook Islands are a less-expensive honeymoon alternative!)

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Aitutaki Island

Aitutaki Island

Often compared to the Tahitian island of Bora Bora, Aitutaki is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the South Pacific and one of the most exquisite lagoons in the Cook Islands (if not the world), teeming with rainbow-hued reef fish and surrounded by a necklace of tiny motus (islets) – just the perfect spot for a romantic honeymoon.

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Atiu Island

Atiu Island

The third largest of the Cook Islands is known for beautiful limestone caves and a coastline of low 6m-high cliffs indented with secluded sandy coves – perfect for a secluded swim followed by a romantic picnic with panoramic views overlooking the South Pacific Ocean.

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Best time to visit the Cook Islands

Anytime, but September and October are probably the best months to honeymoon in the Cook Islands, as the weather in this part of the South Pacific is not so humid averaging 28°C.

Temperatures range from 18°C to 28°C from May to October, and from 21°C to 29°C during the summer wet season, from December to March, which is typically hot and humid in the Cook Islands.

For more climate info: Cook Islands Weather Guide

Where to stay in the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands offer a wide choice of resort accommodation with a range of comforts and activities to pamper newlyweds – all the ingredients you need for a magical honeymoon experience.

Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about resorts in the Cook Islands at TripAdvisor.

For more information about Cook Islands hotels and resorts

Getting there

The Cook Islands form part of Polynesia and are scattered across 2 million sq km of the South Pacific, about 3500km northeast of New Zealand and 1000km southwest of Tahiti.

Air New Zealand offers direct flights from Sydney and Auckland to Rarotonga. Virgin Australia Airlines also operates direct flights to Rarotonga from Auckland.

Information on how to get to Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Latest update on Cook Islands honeymoon destination: 12 April, 2017

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