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Cheap flights to Cook Islands

Sparkling white beaches and turquoise lagoons make the Cook Islands a popular destination with tourists looking for a holiday in paradise. The archipelago is made up of fifteen inhabited islands, and countless smaller islands and atolls. Some people call it “Hawaii down under” as they share a time zone. The difference is that the Cook Islands haven’t become quite as commercialised, yet.

If you’re flying to the Cook Islands it’s likely that you’ll be landing at one of the following airports. 

Rarotonga International Airport (RAR)

The majority of flights to the Cook Islands land here. Rarotonga Island itself is the largest of the Cook Islands and boasts plenty of accommodation and activities to keep visitors entertained. There are pristine beaches, towering mountains, and thick jungles. If you would like to explore a little more of the Cook Islands, you can catch domestic flights with Air Rarotonga to other airports including Aitutaki, Manihiki, Mauke, Mangaia, and Mitiaro. 

Aitutaki Airport (AIT)

One of the smallest and most laid back islands in the Pacific, Aitutaki Airport is more like a bus stop. There are a few stalls where you can pick up snacks, and most of the local resorts have meet and greet stalls here too. Aitutaki island itself is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cook Islands, and is popular with scuba divers thanks to the huge coral lagoons surrounding it. 

Enua Airport (AIU)

This is one of two airports on the island of ‘Atiu, a volcanic island known for surrounded by huge clifs of fossilized coral. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll adore ‘Atiu. The island is the most ecofriendly in the Cook Islands, and has plenty of unique bird, animal and plant life. The locals hold on tight to their traditions, so it’s a great place to visit if you want to discover Polynesian culture.  

Mangaia Airport (MGS)

This airport serves the southern-most and second largest of the Cook Islands. Just like ‘Atiu, Mangaia is surrounded by 6m high cliffs of fossilized coral. Mangaia is said to be the oldest island in the Pacific Ocean. Only 500 people live there, so it’s a great place to visit if you enjoy a bit of peace and quiet and the chance to go walking through unspoiled natural scenery. 

Manihiki Island Airport (MHX)

This airport serves “the island of pearls”, Manihiki. The island sits on top of an underwater mountain, and its biggest draw is the beautiful lagoon which is circled by 43 tiny paradise islands. Swimming and snorkelling are both popular in the lagoon, as is black pearl farming. 

Mauke Airport (MUK)

Mauke Airport serves the island of Mauke, a luxurious tropical paradise island. It’s a popular wedding destination, and has plenty of great spas where you can enjoy a bit of pampering. There are mystical underground caves, a massive banyan tree which covers one and a half acres, and the opportunity to fish in the pacific from the tip of the coral reefs.

Mitiaro Airport (MOI)

This airport serves Mitiaro, one of the least visited of the Cook Islands. Most tourists avoid it because there aren’t many of the gorgeous tropical beaches that make the country such a popular destination. However there’s still plenty to do, whether you’re immersing yourself in the rich local culture, discovering crystal clear swimming pools, or exploring the remains of the only known fort in the islands.

Tongareva Airport (PYE)

 

This airport serves Penrhyn, the most remote atoll in the Cook Islands. Flights here are irregular, although the atoll is a popular stopover spot for yachters crossing the Pacific.  

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