Scattered across the South Pacific and surrounded by Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, these paradise islands are the perfect retreat for the newlyweds. You can enjoy sunbathing on the beach, snorkelling and diving, eating delicious seafood and exploring natural beauties.
The weather at Cook Islands is warm and pleasant year-round with its lovely tropical climate. However, you may want to avoid the rain season during summer months which it also the hottest time of year. Cyclone season lasts from January to March, but even then the rain comes in bursts and doesn’t last all day, so you can still enjoy swimming and sunbathing on the beach.
Air New Zealand has a direct flight from Sydney to Rarotonga, and the journey lasts for about 6 hours. With Virgin Australia there are flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane which connect through Auckland.
The best places to stay in Rarotonga Island are situated on beautiful Muri beach. We recommend Pacific Resort which has a lovely view, superb facilities, premium service and intimate barefoot bar situated on the beach. We also love Sokalla Villas which offers accommodation in their gorgeous timber houses on the beach with some of them even including a private swimming pool. If you want to go to Mauke Island, you can rent a beautiful cottage on the beach, while the best place at the island of Atiu is called Atiu Villas, and is located amidst beautiful gardens with a big swimming pool and a restaurant which serves superb food. Mitiaro Island offers accommodation in a traditional Kikau hut, and if you want to visit other remote islands you should find a tourist agency that can arrange accommodation for you.
The Cook Islands are ideal for couples who want to get away from everyone and just enjoy lazy time on the beach in perfect solitude. However, there are many things to explore for newlyweds who would like to experience some adventure as well.
The easiest way to get around is by scooter, but you can also rent a car or bicycle or even use public transport. If you want to explore the ocean, you can rent kayaks or go scuba diving and snorkelling. If you are located in Rarotonga, you can go for a walking tour around the island, visit the Perfume Factory where you can buy handmade beauty products crafted with pure coconut oil and see the Library Museum & Society in Avarya where you will find memorabilia devoted to Captain Cook.
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore other islands too. You can organise a day trip or even stay a little longer at one of the tiny isolated islands to change the scenery. Aitutaki is very popular and you can stay at the award winning luxurious Pacific Resort which has modern facilities, quality service and exquisite cuisine.
Shopping can be fun too. Wondering through one of the local markets is an exhilarating experience, and if you want to find a perfect souvenir, we recommend that you go for pearls. You can find them in different colours, including the black ones which are the rarest in the world, and they are sold at great prices.
All seafood and vegetables are fresh and locally produced so all the meals you can find in restaurants and bars are simply delicious. There is a wide range of restaurants in Rarotonga and we recommend that you try a seafood platter at The Tumunu, delicious Chinese dishes at The Oasis and Ocean Strike Catch at Sails. If you want to taste a local speciality, try “umukai” which is a succulent food baked in the underground oven and “matu rori” which is a salad made from sea cucumber, lemon and baked green banana.
If you want a truly unforgettable wedding, these paradise islands offer numerous possibilities. Marriages are internationally recognised and legally binding and you will certainly find an option that suits your budget.
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