Your journey begins in Aitutaki, the smaller of the Cook Islands two main islands. Fly into Rarotonga and take the short hop over to this beautiful atoll located in one corner of a triangular shaped lagoon. Whilst it does not have the dramatic peaks of Rarotonga, Aitutaki still retains a charm of its own, offering a turquoise lagoon with coral and reef making it perfect for snorkelling as well as a number of historical marae and colourful dance and music shows, a must see for visitors.
Stay at the Aitutaki Pacific Resort, set in 17 acres of natural tropical forest leading down to pristine white beachfront. The hotel has been built in harmony with its surrounds and offers a relaxed sophistication unlike anything else in the Cook Islands. Head straight into the lagoon from your beachfont bungalow and enjoy spectacular South Pacific sunsets, lagoon fishing, diving or snorkelling, sailing and your feet in the sand!
Your journey continues with a flight to Tahiti and then on to Bora Bora, part of French Polynesia’s Society Archipelago. Bora Bora is considered to be the most beautiful island in French Polynesia because of its extraordinary scenery. The island consists of a mountainous centre surrounded by a magnificent blue lagoon, which in turn is enclosed by sand-fringed motus (small islets) sitting on the outer reef. Stay at the Bora Bora Intercontinental Thalasso Resort, located on one of the motus and immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility of your surroundings. Take in the views of the world-renowned Mount Otemanu from the comfort of your Overwater Villa or take a trip across the turquoise lagoon and climb it!
Some must dos:
Aitutaki – Take in an “Island Night” for superb traditional music and dancing, dive wrecks, walls, caves and corals in the lagoon, rent a bike and discover the island on 2 wheels or take a round island cultural tour.Bora Bora – Snorkel, scuba dive, feed black tip reef sharks, play in ray alley, 4x4 jeep safari up Mount Otemanu and taste the local fish delicacies at the world famous ‘Bloody Mary’s’ Restaurant.
Please see our itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
When to travel
Warm tropical year round temperatures, the South Pacific is a tropical destination so humidity, rain, sunshine and heat are all to be considered. There are two seasons: the Summer which is from November through March and Winter which is from April through October. The average temperature in Summer is about 30°C and in the drier Winter the average temperature is about 28°C. Most rainfall is during the Summer months with high humidity. The best time weather wise with the least risk of storms is in their Winter months. June to August is windy season and can be extremely gusty.
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Location and directions
Cook Islands & Bora Bora
Pacific Resort Aitutaki is located on the west coast of the island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. Aitutaki lies 230 kilometres north of Rarotonga, the main island in the Cook Island group. Then onto Bora Bora, located 150 miles north west of Tahiti in the Society Archipelago. InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located between the “two hearts” of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef.
How to get there
22-hour international flight (one change) to Rarotonga. Aitutaki is a convenient 45-minute inter-island flight from Rarotonga. French Polynesia is a 3-hour flight from Cook Islands.