About the Cook Islands


Fifteen little islands are strewn across two million km2 in the South Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and New Zealand. With no land between the islands all the way to Antarctica, they are a symbol of freedom and serenity offering an authentic island experience to its visitors.

The Cook Islands are a self-governing democracy with foreign and defence questions resolved in consultation with New Zealand. The island is inhabited by just over 21,000 people — most of which are of Māori origin. The two official languages of the region are English and the Cook Islands Māori, but you can also hear many indigenous languages spoken by the locals.

Despite its small size and remote location, the Cook Islands offer all the needed facilities for tourism and expat life — from a vibrant coffee culture and busy nightlife to natural beauty framed with a well-developed infrastructure for a comfortable stay. With that said, the region is proud of its well-preserved local culture and deep-rooted Polynesian traditions, which you will get to experience in full.

Two of the most developed islands — when it comes to facilities — are Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Residents of all countries can travel to the Cook Islands visa-free, however, be sure to have your accommodation booking ready to show to the immigration officers.

There is plenty to see and do on the islands, with most of the activities involving snorkelling, island hopping, and jungle trekking. Some of the most popular attractions include Aitutaki Lagoon, One Foot Island, and Te Vara Nui Village.