The Cook Islands is perfect for treating the entire family to a new and wonderful world of pristine lagoons, adventurous inland trails, cultural entertainment, fun beachside activities and exciting ocean excursions. If you’re visiting with the family, make sure everyone has a memorable stay with these top 10 family experiences.
1. Muri Lagoon
The glistening waters of Muri Lagoon are alluring, to say the least, and there are few better feelings than the first time your toes dip beneath the cool surface. Well sheltered, the lagoon is typically calm, making it perfect for families to swim and snorkel amongst the colourful marine life.
2. 4WD Tours
Head inland to discover the eclectic wilderness of the Cook Islands on one of the many 4WD tours. Experienced and friendly guides will have you and your family learning and laughing in equal amounts as you encounter wildlife and the cultural areas of Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
3. Lagoon Cruise
Sit back and relax on a leisurely lagoon cruise around Aitutaki’s world-famous lagoon, which allows you to truly appreciate the natural beauty of the area. With fascinating information about the lagoon and its wildlife delivered in an entertaining fashion, your cruise won’t be lacking fun or interest.
4. Atui, Mangaia And Mitiaro
If you’re seeking a bit of adventure and quality family bonding time, head over to the intimate surrounds of the smaller islands such as Atiu, Mangaia and Mitiaro. Deserted and picture-perfect beaches, along with friendly locals are not uncommon here.
5. Inland Rarotonga
Rarotonga is a diverse island and its highlights aren’t only found on the coastline. You can trek inland on a walking, bicycle, 4WD or quad bike tour. There’s a lot of wildlife to discover such as pigs, goats and horses.
6. Coco-Putt Mini Golf
Surrounded by mountains and banana and taro farms is Coco-Putt Mini Golf – a family-owned amusement establishment that also has a restaurant and bar. The 18 challenging holes embrace the island theme and keep you entertained for hours.
Every Sunday, hundreds of locals dressed in elaborate outfits flock to the churches for a religious service. The singing during the service is magnificent and you can feel the commitment and soul of each singer.
8. Highland Paradise
Known as ‘the lost village’, Highland Paradise encompasses the Cook Islands culture with local dancers, musicians, chefs and guides. Cultural nights include demonstrations on how to cook using a traditional underground oven (umu).
9. Moko’s Kids Club
Delivering both learning and entertainment, Moko’s Kids Club provides an interactive experience where children discover the local culture and nature. There are daily activity programs, movie nights and a giant indoor trampoline.
The Cook Islands is home to many sheltered lagoons that provide flat water, perfect for using a kayak to explore the nearby islets. A lot of hotels and resorts even provide complimentary kayaks.