Kia Orana

'Live long and healthy'

Kia orana are the Cook Islands Maori words for 'hello'. Pronounced, kee-ya or-rana, the greeting literally means 'live long and healthy'.

The Cook Islands, there is no place quite like it!

The locals are warm and friendly, the culture is attractive and engaging, the beaches and lagoons are pristine, there are lots of cafés, restaurants, beach bars and nightlife, and there are countless outdoor adventure and shopping experiences. Importantly, the main island of Rarotonga and the other fourteen Cook Islands are not spoiled or crowded, and the pace is always "island time!"

There are not that many safe and welcoming vacation destinations left in the world, luckily the Cook Islands is one of them.

Situated in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, the Cook Islands is connected by air to the world through Rarotonga International Airport. Two and a half hours from Tahiti, four hours from Auckland, six hours from Sydney, and nine and a half hours from Los Angeles. Cruise ships regularly visit Rarotonga and Aitukaki throughout the year, usually for the day.

The Cook Islands are in the same time zone as the Hawaiian Islands, our northern hemisphere cousins. is a comprehensive online extension to the long-established Cook Islands Sun Visitor's Guides and Maps, which are published twice yearly and distributed around 'the Cooks'. The current edition of the Cook Islands Sun, and the maps of Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Atiu, can be viewed from this website.

Published from Rarotonga, is designed to provide you with an insight into what is on offer in the Cook Islands, from information about the islands, to recommendations about what to see and do, eat and drink, and where to stay.

And, to help you better understand the Cooks on a personal level, there are stories on interesting people living in the islands, and articles on activities and accommodation.

For your convenience, has a booking platform offering a wide range of accommodation with our affiliate

As you navigate your way around the website, you will notice Trip Favourites. Using Trip Favourites allows you to save activities, accommodation or destinations so you can easily view them from one point later. Look for the Add to Favourites button on activity pages.

This website is updated with news, events and stories on a regular basis to ensure you will be up-to-date for when you arrive in the Cook Islands.



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