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Cook Islands

Itinerary Inspiration

Scattered over more than a million miles of crystal-clear water, the Cook Islands are located south of Hawaii, west of Tahiti and east of Samoa and Tonga. A showcase of Polynesian culture, the Cook Islands are known for its stunning beauty, arts and crafts exhibits and all the water activities you could imagine. At 20 miles around, Rarotonga is the largest of the 15 islands and small enough to explore by horse, bike, scooter or by island bus. Visit the Atiu caves surrounded by raised coral cliffs or snorkel in the Aroa Marine Reserve. Take a Koka Lagoon Cruise or tour the tropical fruit plantation. Wherever you go, you'll enjoy the scenic views and an easygoing pace.

Things You Should Know

Time Zone: UTC -10 hours
Official Language: Maori (Polynesian)
Common Language: English (all signs are in English)
Currency: New Zealand dollar and Cook Islands coins
Currency Exchange: Coins can't be exchanged outside of the islands
Entry Requirements: Valid passport, proof of onward or return ticket, adequate funds
Maximum Stay: 31 days
Marriage Age Requirement: 20
Best Times to Visit: May through October

Cook Islands Honeymoons

With no mass tourism or high-rise hotels, the Cook Islands will give you the privacy and beach break you're seeking. Spend your days basking in the sun and enjoying a secluded swim past the waterfalls. At night, dine on fresh seafood in one of Rarotonga's renowned restaurants or have a traditional feast called "umu kai" with accompanying dancing and drumming. Choose an all-inclusive honeymoon package in the Cook Islands and enjoy a beautiful beachfront villa, soothing spa treatments and even your own personal chef.

Destination Weddings in the Cook Islands

Hold your fairytale destination wedding on one of Rarotonga's shimmering white beaches, in the fragrant botanical gardens, on an uninhabited islet or at a local church. The Cook Islands offer hundreds of picturesque venues, romantic backdrops and possibilities! Choose an all-inclusive wedding package that may include a wedding coordinator, marriage license and certificate, bridal car and driver, wedding cake, photography, videography and more.

Climate & Weather

Located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean, the Cook Islands enjoy a tropical climate year-round with two distinct seasons. The dry, cooler season occurs from April to October. Daily temperatures stay around 68 to 78 F. Temperatures rise around 71 to 82 F in the rainy, warmer months of November through March. This season is also hurricane season so expect sunny mornings with storm clouds building up in the afternoon and a late-afternoon rainfall that leaves the air refreshed.