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Cook Islands on the Cheap

Cook Islands, South Pacific

Photo: Chad Ehlers/Getty Images

With a handful of low-key resorts, this island group is an affordable alternative to its affluent neighbors Tahiti and Bora-Bora.

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Destinations: Cook Islands · Rarotonga

Hotels (2)

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    Tamanu Beach Resort

    As Mike Henry, the Tamanu’s owner, says, “The Cook Islands are like Hawaii fifty years ago.”

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    Little Polynesian

    Handwoven cream-on-white bedspreads brighten the hotel's 10 bungalows.

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Restaurants (2)

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    Windjammer

    The menu features innovative dishes such as slow-cooked local octopus in a curry sauce.

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    Vaima

     A fish spot with tables set on a dock.

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Activities (1)

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    Wet & Wild Adventure Tours

    Daylong cruises to the Aitutaki's lagoon include stops at an island bird sanctuary.

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