Fifteen islands comprise the archipelago known as the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific, including 21 small islets.
Temperatures remain warm and balmy throughout the year, rarely dropping below twenty degrees, however there is an increased likelihood of rain should you choose to travel between December and March.
Regardless of when you travel, you’re almost guaranteed to receive a warm welcome; the locals here are rated amongst the friendliest in the South Pacific, the sea is a uniform aquamarine and a myriad of villages are tucked away inside leafy jungles.
You have a few options when choosing to visit these collection of islands, which one you’ll choose will no doubt depend on your budget and your sense of adventure.
Travelling on a shoestring is difficult to do when visiting the South Pacific.
Flying to these far flung islands is rarely a cheap venture, but should you manage to make it out there on the cheap, there are some fairly reasonably priced hotels that you can stay at – that is, if you don’t mind downgrading to a 2 or 3-star standard. By avoiding the 4 or 5-star hotel resorts you’re likely to get closer to the stunning wildlife and beautiful scenery that the islands have to offer.
Should you wish to simply kick back and live the 5-star dream then there are plenty of swanky resorts that offer a heady blend of secluded luxury and attentive service, which are sure to make your average offshore banker feel right at home. Whilst you may not get to know the history or culture of these curious islands, or have the opportunity to paddle your way out to one of the many miniature islands, you’ll not find better service at any other island resort.