Cook Islands...Live Like A Local
Head to the exotic Cook Islands in the South Pacific and live amongst the friendly locals. Spend your days in the gorgeous ocean waters and exploring the mainlands, enjoying the company of the amazing Cook Islanders and adapting to their leisurely island rhythms.
Spend 12-nights in one of natures crowning achievements, the idyllic Cook Islands. On a Live Like a Local tour, you’ll be free to do whatever you want on your vacation. Indulge in the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters or sink into the rhythms of the islands and connect to the amazing people that call the islands home. The price of this island stay includes international airfare.
The Cook Islands remain some of the best-kept secrets in the South Pacific. They’re a series of 15 islands northeast of New Zealand, halfway to Hawaii. The Cook Islands present plenty of opportunities for the kind of beach resort getaways you fantasize about, but they also offer a chance to embed yourself in island culture and live like a local in paradise. Cook Islanders are extremely friendly people, and are more than happy to welcome you to their island and help you adjust to “island time.” It’s key to relax while visiting the Cook Islands. There’s no sense of urgency here. There aren’t even traffic lights! Cook Islanders take their time and enjoy every moment of the day. If you want to experience the authentic Cook Islands, slow down and take in everything these wonderful islands have to offer.
On arrival in the Cook Islands, you will be taken to one of our recommended self-contained accommodations for a 12-night stay. If you want to blend into the local rhythms, stay on Rarotonga, the largest of the islands. Most Cook Islanders get around by scooter or bicycle, so rent one to travel around the island. If you spot a particularly gorgeous lagoon off the coast, or one of the island’s many white coral and limestone churches, stop and take a photo. Talk to the local groundskeeper to learn about the church’s history or stroll along the beach to see what else the water reveals to you. Traveling by cycle or scooter lets you move at your own pace and experience the Kia Orana spirit.