The wedding bells have rung their song, but what comes next is just as magical. Honeymooners flock to the Cook Islands, seeking the perfect backdrop of picturesque scenery to compliment the romance of such an occasion. Step out onto the beach from your front door and make sure your first memories as husband and wife are magical with these top 10 ideas for romance.
1. Black Pearls
The Cook Islands is home to some of the best black pearls in the world. If you’re looking for that perfect honeymoon gift, try purchasing a piece of black pearl jewellery from one of the retailers such as Goldmine or Fishers Black Pearl Jewellery.
2. Takitumu Conservation Area
The Takitumu Conservation Area is a private forest, home to numerous endangered bird species. An utterly serene spot, it’s a great place for you and your partner to escape society and enjoy an intimate walk through the lush environment.
3. Rapae Bay Restaurant
With a 5-star design and picturesque views of Aitutaki Lagoon, the Rapae Bay Restaurant truly delivers a romantic evening of delicious food and intimate surrounds. You can enjoy a private meal on the beach with the water lapping at the shore only metres away.
4. Shipwreck Hut
Relax amongst the homely surrounds of Shipwreck Hut, while the owner serves up delicious cocktails including a specialty called Opu Ra Magic. You can watch the sun go down from the comfortable seats or take a stroll along Arorangi Beach.
Muri Beach Lagoon is not only home to sparkling water and soft sand, but also four islets (motu). You can swim or kayak across to any of the islets, where you and your partner can enjoy a private beach away from everyone else.
6. Scooter Exploration
One of the best ways to explore Rarotonga’s majestic inland environment is by hiring scooters and going off on your own. Scooters provide a feeling of utter freedom, as you can choose how you go about exploring the 32-kilometre-long ring road around Rarotonga.
7. Southern Cross
The 17-metre yacht, Southern Cross can take you and your partner out on a private cruise around the island of Rarotonga. You're both able to sit back and relax, while the world moves around you. Alcohol can be brought onboard and the sunset cruise is a must.
8. Scuba Diving
Learn to dive together in some of the clearest waters in the world. With experienced instructors, you’ll both be credited scuba divers in a matter of days. While under the water, at any given moment you could see marvellous marine life such as giant turtles, reef sharks, manta rays and tropical fish.
The most southern of the Cook Islands’ islands, Mangaia is where you can discover the rustic side of the country. Barely more than 100 guests visit the island each year, so you’re able to feel a sense of separation from the world while staying at a private seaside villa.
10. Polynesian Massage
Both Rarotonga and Aitutaki have world-renowned day spas where you can book a couple’s Polynesian Massage. Share the feeling of utter relaxation as your body undergoes expert treatments to remove stress.