If you want to escape to the end of the world, but literally, then the Cook Islands in Polynesia in the middle of the Pacific Ocean are the ideal place for you. They are located halfway between New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands, and the closest to them is Tahiti, which is 1,200 kilometers away from these islands.
Just imagine an archipelago that looks like a real tropical paradise - clean, authentic, without famous hotels and with a small number of visitors. This is a real paradise for the Robinsons, a place for total isolation.
In addition to the rich Polynesian culture, the landscape will leave you breathless because it is an environment that really requires your attention. The islands are of volcanic origin, and the lagoon is surrounded by small islands. The two most visited islands are Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Rarotonga has jungle-covered mountain peaks and an excellent reef for swimming. Aitutaki is a total tropical island paradise.
The cultural heritage of the locals is Polynesian with great European influence. The history of these islands is a combination of mystery and romance, and includes pirates, escapes, stories about hidden treasures, and even the story about Captain Cook has something to do with these islands. Unique and pleasant Polynesians, they have their own government and their own language here and enjoy a lively and diverse culture with significant differences between each island.
Despite the fact that 100,000 visitors a year come to the main island of Rarotonga, the Cook Islands have largely remained intact. There are no huge hotels and there is very little extravagance. Many luxury hotels have their own resorts that are mostly designed as cottages that fit into the exotic ambience and nature of these islands, right next to the beaches or are set as luxury bungalows on the water. Each island has its own unique qualities and offers visitors a special experience.
The best way to visit one of the islands is to rent a car or scooter. The islands are also interconnected by well-organized air transport. Unfortunately, there are no shipping and ferry companies that transport passengers between the islands, some of which are totally uninhabited.
The Cook Islands have a pleasant climate all year round, without extremely high temperatures or humidity, although it can rain often. The best months to visit are September and October, when it is warm and the humidity is reduced.
Indeed, there is no chance of making a mistake if you decide to visit the Cook Islands. Warm turquoise water, white sandy beaches and tall palm trees are waiting for you!