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The Cook Islands

Where in the WORLD are the COOK ISLANDS?  What have you heard about the COOK ISLANDS?  

If you are looking for something exotic and a bit layed back and different, the Cook Islands might be just what you are looking for!!

 "My trip to the Cook Islands was really an exciting adventure for me from the moment we took off from LA and landed in Rarotonga. Click here if you want to hear more about the COOK ISLANDS from Gayl Zielke South Pacific Specialist

Where is Atutaki?  How do I get to the Cook Islands?



Gayle says, "Kia Ora!"
" I bet half the world doesn't know about this best kept secret! The Cook Islands are the perfect place to unplug and unwind.  Enjoy the unspoiled views and rare beauty of this unique Polynesian oasis that lies halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.  Perfect for a stop over for a short vacation or 2 weeks of heaven!"

To get to the Cook Islands you fly into Rarotonga. 

 A quick flight from Rarotonga will to you to a small island paradise called: Aitutaki!

This beautiful island is nicknamed the Honeymoon Island for its classic romantic getaway destination. The crystal clear lagoons with the sparkling white beaches beckon you to relax.

If you are looking to explore the outer islands think of Atutaki to experience true island life. Take the opportunity to swim with the Aitutaki turtles in one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world or visit One Foot Island on a cruise. 

The views are amazing in the Cook Islands! 

Rarotonga is the jewel of the Cook Islands. Offering white sand beaches, coral-filled lagoons, palm trees and a jungled island interior, journey to the Cook Islands is an authentic and refined Pacific experience encased in a lifestyle that exudes warmth.  There are only 2 roads: a coast road and a ring road about 1650 feet further inland, so traffic won't be an issue. Beware of the time though. Island time – or 'Raro time'.  Just what you need!!!


The Cook Islands are an independent country located between Fiji and Tahiti to the east of the international date line (no crossing the line and loosing a day!). The Cooks are on the same line of longitude and time zone as Hawaii. Rarotonga is the capital of Cook Islands. The flight time between Rarotonga and Papeete, Tahiti is 1 hour 40 minutes and available once weekly with Tahiti Nui (their domestic carrier) should someone like to do a duel destination trip.


The people are friendly and will share the adventure with you!

The Cook Islanders are a friendly, welcoming, group of people on an enchanted island!  They have a sense of humor about all the stories about the Cooks.  Tourism is still the big draw here but mostly visitors from Australia, New Zealand and Europe know about this well kept secret. 
Ask a Cook Island Specialist to help you plan your next Vacation!

North Americans usually visit with a stop before or after New Zealand or stay longer if they are Honeymooners or celebrating a special anniversary.  The private aqua blue waters, powdery white sand beaches draw the romantic and adventure seekers alike. 



"My honeymooners and anniversary couples will be really excited to hear about this option", says Gayle who specializes in the South Pacific.


"Most of the resorts in Rarotonga and Aitutaki cater to an adult only or (15 and older family) clientele," which Gayle Zielke, president of First Choice Travel and Cruise said she was really suprised to find out.  "We did find a few resorts that allowed children but it was not the norm at most of the resorts and villas."  "My honeymooners and anniversary couples will be really excited to hear about this option", says Gayle who specializes in the South Pacific.    

Cook Island Weddings

You will want to visit Atutaki when you travel to the Cook Islands!



Weddings have never been easier or more affordable in the South Pacific as they are in the Cook Islands and Aitutaki.

Weddings in the Cook Islands!



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