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Southern Cook Islands

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Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling

Popular things to do in Southern Cook Islands

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Beach
Aitutaki Lagoon Aitutaki
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Island
One Foot Island Aitutaki
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Muri
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Aitutaki
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
A mix of bush-covered islands and coral atolls, Southern Cook Islands are the peaks of long-dormant volcanoes, slowly sinking into the sea. Though consisting of only nine of the 15 Cook Islands, Southern Cook Islands are home to nine tenths of the population, most of whom live on Rarotonga. Home to Avarua, capital of Cook Islands, Rarotonga is as close to bustling as things get way out here in the Pacific, with its two bus routes (clockwise and counterclockwise around the island) and many hotels, resorts, restaurants, and bars. Nearest to Rarotonga is Aitutaki, or Honeymoon Island, with its turquoise lagoon filled with tropical fish and giant clams, surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world. Not that any of the beaches in the Southern Cook Islands are likely to disappoint: each is a tropical paradise, from the ancient limestone caves and coffee plantations of Atiu, to the Makatea islands of Mauke, Mitiaro, and Mangaia, where traditional village life still holds strong. Make your own Southern Cook Islands vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Cook Islands trip planner.

Beaches in Southern Cook Islands

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Beach
Muri Lagoon Rarotonga
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Titikaveka Beach Titikaveka
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Black Rock Beach Rarotonga
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Aroa Beach Arorangi
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Southern Cook Islands

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Adventure Cook Islands Arorangi
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Dive Rarotonga Rarotonga
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Pacific Divers Rarotonga
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Aitutaki Adventures Aitutaki
4.7
Duration: 4 hours

Nature in Southern Cook Islands

Waterfall
Papua ( Wigmore's) Waterfall Rarotonga
1.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) Rarotonga
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Cave
Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave) Atiu
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Island
Moturakau Aitutaki
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Southern Cook Islands

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Scuba / Snorkeling
The Dive Centre - The Big Fish Aroa Beach
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
Nature / Park
Aroa Marine Reserve Rarotonga
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Mount Maungapu Aitutaki
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
O'otu Beach Aitutaki
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Southern Cook Islands

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Flea Market
Punanga Nui Avarua
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Bergman & Sons Avarua
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Natua Ukulele Aroa Beach
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Tivaevae Collectables Rarotonga
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise Rarotonga
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Marlin Queen Fishing Charters Rarotonga
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Island Crafts Avarua
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Garden
Maire Nui Botanical Gardens Rarotonga
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

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