The Cook Islands’ main hub, Rarotonga still feels world’s away—you won’t find a single traffic light here. Instead, you’ll discover an island of contrasts, with a rugged interior of thick rainforests and soaring volcanic peaks, while a 20-mile road loops the island, hugging close to the sun-kissed coastline and white-sand beaches.
Great hikes, great scenery, and amazing snorkeling await you here. But Rarotonga offers up culture in spades, too. A vibrant culinary scene means you can dine out every evening on something delicious (and you can often walk to multiple restaurants right from your resort). Laid-back bars allow you to mingle—and dance!—with the locals. Then refresh yourself in the morning with a banana smoothie at the Punanga Nui Market, as you browse the local wares.