The intense beat of drumming on the paté
, and the corresponding rhythmic movements of the hura dancers
, calls you into the lives of the welcoming people of the Cook Islands. Arrive at Rarotongo Island Airport
and you will come to know the historic culture of the people. Family pride, with each clan connected to one another, is marked by family celebrations. Living with cousins, aunts and uncles, or grandparents reflects this tight bond.
Villa rentals accommodate your family or group of friends. Halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, 15 islands
, strewn over some two-million square kilometers in the Pacific mark the centre of the Polynesian Triangle
. They range from low coral atolls to the mountainous Rarotonga
. The possibilities where to lie your head are numerous for condo rentals or villa rentals accommodations as well as beach-side vacation home rentals are prepared and waiting for you to start your gently-paced vacation.
Let your spirit be captured by the colourful history of the Cook Islands which began with the Great Polynesian Migration
(1500 BC) who used the stars as their guide and reached land in their double-hulled vakas
. Te Vara Nui Village
, is Rarotonga's cultural attraction.
North of Rarotonga, Aitutaki Island
is home to approximately 2,000 people. Tour the Atiu Coffee Factory and plantations
on Aitu Island or take a class at Atiu Fibre Arts Studio
which promotes traditional and contemporary Cook Islands textile art. Both are places to purchase a tangible memory – a bag of coffee to make a fresh cup in your villa rental -- or Polynesian inspired jewellery to accessorize your pareus
From the island of Aitutaki, cruise to the islands of One Foot, Moturakau and Maina
. Enjoy a traditional luncheon of seasonal food on Honeymoon Island
. After a day of snorkeling
, return to your condo rental or villa rental and talk about the giant clams you saw today. Tomorrow, leave your snorkel gear in your vacation home rental, and stay completely dry. See the tropical sea life
once more. This time go below deck in the reef semi-sub.
What is a better place to tell your “I caught one and it was this big!” story then outside your condo rental lodging, sitting under the palm trees surrounded by a garden of tropical flowers and plants? This story is true for you went deep-sea game fishing
off of Rarotonga's sheltered reef.
Each day you can wade into the calm, clear-blue water of the lagoon
by taking a few steps from your beach-home vacation rental, or by opening the door of your villa rental accommodation to make your way to a sleepy-morning swim. Arrive in the months of July to August as this is the prime time for whale watching
. As the sail boat gently rides the water, experience the sunset
casting its vibrantly painted colours over the water. These memories-in-the-making will become part of your dream-come-true holiday as you settle in our vacation rental accommodation.
Your Cook Islands
villa rental is waiting for you. Select your tropical escape today. Privately-owned villas and condo rentals are accommodations made available to you by booking your vacation rentals with Owner Direct Vacation Rentals.