• In the next 14 days average maximum daily temperatures will be 22° which is warm and pleasant for sunbathing. The average water temperature will be 24° which is warm and pleasant for relaxing and swimming for long periods. There will be 8 days of very light rain with an average of 1.4mm rain on those days. Average cloud cover will be 66%.

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Beaches of The Cook Islands, Polynesia

The Cook Islands, located in the South Pacific Ocean, are a beautiful archipelago consisting of 15 unique islands. Known for pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters and lush tropical landscapes, the Cook Islands offer numerous beach areas and islands to explore for an unforgettable beach holiday. The climate is tropical, with warm temperatures year-round and a wet season from December to March. The best time to visit for a beach holiday varies by location, but generally falls during the dry months from April to November.

Rarotonga

Rarotonga

As the largest island in the Cook Islands, Rarotonga offers a variety of stunning beaches and coastal areas to enjoy. One of the most popular beaches is Muri Beach, known for its white sand and calm lagoon waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Other notable beaches include Black Rock Beach, a popular spot for cliff jumping and sunset views, and Aroa Beach which offers excellent snorkeling opportunities in its marine reserve.

The island's mountainous interior is covered in lush rainforests offering picturesque hikes with rewarding views of the surrounding ocean. Rarotonga's vibrant culture can also be experienced through various traditional performances held on the island.

For more information on Rarotonga's climate and best time to visit, click here.

Aitutaki

A short flight away from Rarotonga lies Aitutaki, home to one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons. Famed for its turquoise waters teeming with marine life, Aitutaki Lagoon offers exceptional snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities as well as idyllic white-sand beaches lined with swaying palm trees.

A must-visit spot on Aitutaki is One Foot Island (Tapuaetai), a small islet in the lagoon with a stunning beach and breathtaking views. Aitutaki is also home to several smaller islands and motus (reef islets) that can be explored by boat or kayak.

Atiu

Atiu, also known as Enuamanu, is one of the lesser-known Cook Islands offering a more secluded and off-the-beaten-path experience. The island features sandy beaches surrounded by a unique raised coral reef known as the Makatea. This geological formation provides excellent opportunities for exploring coastal caves and discovering hidden beaches.

One notable beach on Atiu is Taporoporo’anga Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand lined with coconut trees and azure waters ideal for swimming. Birdwatchers will also enjoy Atiu’s abundant birdlife, including the endangered Kopeka bird found only on this island.

Palmerston Island

Palmerston Island, located in the northern group of the Cook Islands, comprises six small sandy islets connected by a shallow reef. The island can be reached by charter boat or occasional supply ship from Rarotonga. Palmerston offers an unspoiled beach experience with incredible snorkeling and fishing opportunities in its vibrant coral reefs.

The island's small community of around 60 residents are welcoming to visitors, offering unique cultural experiences such as traditional weaving workshops and local food tastings.

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