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Affordable Cook Islands

A handful of low-key resorts makes this island group an affordable alternative to nearby Tahiti and Bora-Bora.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  In the capital, Rarotonga, stay at Little Polynesian (doubles from $370), where handwoven cream-on-white bedspreads brighten the 10... more »

Tips:  Explore Aitutaki’s lagoon with Wet & Wild Adventure Tours (tours $50). Daylong cruises include stops at an island bird sanctuary.

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Points of Interest

1. Little Polynesian

Handwoven cream-on-white bedspreads brighten the hotel’s 10 bungalows.

Address:
Titikaveka
Rarotonga
Cook Islands

Phone:
682-24280

2. Tamanu Beach Resort

As Mike Henry, the Tamanu’s owner, says, “The Cook Islands are like Hawaii fifty years ago.”

Address:
Tamanu Beach
New Zealand

Phone:
682-31810

3. Vaima

A fish spot with tables set on a dock.

Address:
Ara Tapu
Vaimaanga
Cook Islands

Phone:
682-26123

4. Windjammer

The menu features innovative dishes such as slow-cooked local octopus in a curry sauce.

Address:
Beach Rd., Paddy’s Green
Ratonga
Cook Islands

Phone:
682-23953