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See the Cook Islands from the beach and beyond, exploring the rugged green interior of Rarotonga, the turquoise lagoon of Aitutaki and the traditional Polynesian culture of Atiu.
- Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
- Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
- The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
- Local guides and entrance fees where applicable
- Explore the islands of Rarotonga, Aitutaki & Atiu
- Discover Polynesian culture & history in the islands
- Cruise on the unspoilt turquoise waters of Aitutaki lagoon
- 5 nights at the 5-star Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Day 1: Rarotonga
On arrival at Rarotonga airport, you will be transferred to the Manuia Beach Resort for 4 nights.
Day 2: Rarotonga
Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour by 4x4 vehicle into the rugged green interior of the island, providing an insight into the history and culture of the island.
Days 3-4: Rarotonga
Days at leisure to relax or explore the island. An evening cultural show and traditional umu (underground oven) feast is included.
Day 5: Fly to Aitutaki
Fly to the island atoll of Aitutaki. On arrival, transfer to the Pacific Resort Aitutaki for 5 nights.
Days 6-7: Aitutaki
Join a cruise on Aitutaki lagoon, with opportunities to snorkel to see an array of fish, coral and giant clams. The cruise will stop for lunch on the uninhabited One Foot Island before returning. The following day is at leisure.
Days 8-9: Aitutaki
This morning, join a 4x4 tour of Aitutaki, visiting sacred Polynesian sites (marae) and learning about the island and traditional ways of the ancient cannibal Polynesians who inhabited the island. The following day is at leisure.
Days 10-12: Fly to Atiu
Fly to the island of Atiu and transfer to the Atiu Villas for 3 nights. Spend the next 2 days relaxing and exploring the island. A small group tour of the island, led by a bird specialist and focusing on the flora and fauna of the rainforest, is included.
Day 13: Fly to Rarotonga
Return by air back to Rarotonga. Transfer to the Aquarius Hotel for the afternoon before a late evening transfer to the airport for a flight to London, or continue your holiday in the South Pacific.
Atiu Villas, Atiu
The Atiu Villas offers basic accommodation on the outskirts of the central villages, surrounded by tropical gardens and pineapple plantations, with views over the ocean and beaches only a short walk away. The six villas are chalet style and made of native timber and materials, and include a well-stocked kitchen for self-catering (payable on check-out) and a private veranda. Resort facilities include an evening restaurant and bar, an outdoor swimming pool and tennis court.
Manuia Beach Resort, Rarotonga
Nestled on the beach on Rarotonga, Manuia Beach Resort provides a place to relax on white sandy beaches with swaying coconut palms. The property has an infinity pool and a restaurant serving Polynesian inspired meals. There are several bars at the resort in which to enjoy a drink, whether by the pool, on the beach or in the lounge area.
Features: 24 rooms, cafe, 3 bars, library, restaurant, outdoor pool.
Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Aitutaki
Located on the western shores of Aitutaki, Pacific Resort Aitutaki provides quality accommodation and first class service in an idyllic location, ideal for a romantic getaway. Sensuous, intimate and indulgent, the property has been built in 17 acres of superb gardens, using the volcanic black rock outcrops as an attractive feature in the waterfall and the horizon swimming pool. A white sand beach stretches out in front of the property, where some deluxe air-conditioned bungalows and villas have direct access to the beach. All are beautifully appointed with colonial style furnishings and many have spectacular views.
The Islander Hotel, Rarotonga
Located across the road from Rarotonga's airport, the Islander Hotel offers basic but affordable and comfortable day-room accommodation for the time between domestic and international flight connections. The small town of Avarua is only a short drive away to the north, while the island's best beaches around Muri lagoon are approximately 25 minutes' drive away.
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