Newlyweds seeking a peaceful island getaway for their first days as Mr and Mrs can’t go past the idyllic shores of the Cook Islands. A slice of heaven in the South Pacific, most travellers will rest on the shores of the capital Rarotonga, while honeymooners often retreat to the quiet waters of Aitutaki. Blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, these islands are the perfect place to relax, unwind and savour every moment of your honeymoon. With unspoilt beaches, lagoons teeming with marine life and a warm tropical climate, the Cook Islands are a haven for smitten couples.
Here are our five favourite activities in the Cook Islands for honeymooners.
Take your loved one to the Punanga Nui Cultural Markets
If your visit to the Cook Island happens to include a Saturday, be sure to take your loved one to the Punanga Nui Cultural Markets. Situated on the island of Rarotonga, these weekly markets offer a delightful mix of art, clothing, jewellery and fresh food. Drape yourself in a colourful sarong, purchase beautiful black pearls and choose your perfect souvenirs. Admire the vibrant displays of exotic fruits and vegetables and sample delicious local delicacies. Meet the friendly locals and finish your morning with an enjoyable cultural dance performance.
Go for a romantic stroll along One Foot Island
Nicknamed the Honeymoon Island due to its popularity with newlyweds, Aitutaki is a picturesque Polynesian paradise. Even if you are not staying on the island, you can enjoy a day trip to the pristine shores of One Foot Island. This small inlet in the Aitutaki lagoon is famed for its crystal clear turquoise waters and stark white sand. Enjoy lazing on the beautiful beach or stroll hand in hand around the island admiring this peaceful oasis. If you travel to One Foot Island on a cruise, you may even enjoy a sumptuous lunch featuring the region’s native fare in the roofed open air dining area.
Hike to the top of Te Manga
If you and your partner are the adventurous sort, consider a trek to the summit of Te Manga. The highest peak on the island of Rarotonga, Te Manga features an intriguing prominent rock formation known as The Needle. While this climb may have you out of breath, the remarkable views across the island will be well worth the effort. Enjoy the hike through the island’s jungle terrain, passing Papua Waterfall along the way before experiencing rewarding views across the lush rainforest and out to sea.
Enjoy a vibrant Overwater Night Show and Dinner
In the evening, take your loved one to the Te Vara Nui Village for an amazing cultural experience. Set in beautiful tropical gardens, you will be captivated by Rarotonga’s finest dancers, musicians and story tellers. Be immersed in the local culture as you watch an incredible performance by flaming torchlight featuring an impressive floating overwater stage. Afterwards, you will be treated to a magnificent island and western fusion buffet prepared by local and international chefs.
Watch the sunset on a Muri Lagoon Cruise
The Cook Islands are blessed with gorgeous lagoons, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Experience the sheer beauty of the Muri Lagoon with a glass bottom boat cruise. The unbelievable clarity of the water will allow you to see the colourful fish passing by underneath you. Watch the sun set over the ocean, as you and your loved one sample canapés and are serenaded with a ukulele. Alternatively, the Aitutaki Lagoon is also worth exploring.