Travel to Cook Islands


Northeast of New Zealand, the Cook Islands are far away from everyday stress . According to, the archipelago consists of 15 islands. Rarotonga is the largest island with wonderful mountains and the capital Avarua. From here you should plan a detour to Aitutaki and visit the beautiful lagoon.

In addition to enjoying the peace and quiet, the Cook Islands are great for diving, discovering Maori culture and, of course, getting married in a particularly romantic way on one of the dream beaches.

Cook Islands Map

At a glance


National language: Maori and English

Capital: Avarua on Rarotonga, approx. 5,000 inhabitants

Local time: CET -11 hours / daylight saving time -12 hours

Entry requirements: Valid passport (valid for at least 6 months) for stays of up to 31 days. An onward flight ticket is also required. If you are traveling to or from the USA, please note the ESTA regulations. A visa for Australia is required for arrival or onward travel via Australia (free of charge).

Vaccination requirements: No vaccinations required.

Local currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Recommendation: Withdraw cash on site in Rarotonga and Aitutaki or in New Zealand at ATMs with an EC card with the Maestro symbol (not always guaranteed) or with a credit card. Credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops.

Power supply: 240 volts alternating current, 50 Hz., Adapter required

Best travel time: all year round. The months June to August are a little cooler with 26 ° C, otherwise temperatures around 28-30 ° C and a little more humid from November to March.


12 days cruise from / to Tahiti

  • everything from a single source: can also be booked with flights from Germany / Austria / Switzerland
  • from 2 people

A cruise on the luxurious MS Paul Gauguin is the most relaxed way to get to know the beauty and diversity of the islands of French Polynesia. The ship was specially built for the low waters in this region and can anchor in small harbors or in front of the most enchanting backdrops of the South Seas. Peace, relaxation and intimacy await you on board: 215 crew members pamper a maximum of 330 guests, there are neither overcrowding nor queues. Five different routes lead along the 118 islands of French Polynesia, excellent land programs will inspire you.

Day 1: Tahiti

Embarkation in the afternoon. A.

Day 2: Huahine

Time spent: 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. F / L / D
Around 175 km northwest of Tahiti you reach the volcanic island of Huahine, one of the largest islands of French Polynesia.

Day 3: day at sea

Enjoy the day on deck. F / M / A

Day 4: Aitutaki (Cook Islands)

Laying time: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. B / L / D
Detour to the Cook Islands.

Day 5: Rarotonga (Cook Islands)

Mooring time: 09:00 am – 05:00 pm B / L / D
Today you anchor off Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands.

Day 6: day at sea

Relax on the deck of the ship. F / M / A

Day 7: Bora Bora

Laying time: from 8:00 a.m. B / L / D
Bora Bora offers fascinating volcanic landscapes, sandy coral islands and lagoons and of course some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Day 8: Bora Bora

Lying time: until 11 p.m. B / L / D
A trip with the glass-bottom boat or a helicopter flight? Enjoy the amenities of the island or relax on the white dream beaches.

Day 9: Tahaa (Motu Mahana)

Lying time: 09:00 am – 05:00 pm B / L / D
Today the island beauty Tahaa is on the program. It is one of the so-called Leeward Islands and is surrounded by a coral reef.

Day 10: Moorea

Lying time: from 8:00 a.m. B / L / D
In sight of Tahiti is its sister island Moorea. The remains of a volcanic crater rise up to a height of 800 m on the tropical green island.

Day 11: Moorea

Laying time: until 5:00 p.m. B / L / D
Before the short crossing to Tahiti you will spend the day in the pristine bays of Moorea. Here you will experience one of the most beautiful islands of French Polynesia.

Day 12: Tahiti

Disembarkation in the morning. F.

MS Paul Gauguin
3 restaurants / 2 lounges 24-hour cabin service / internet cafe / swimming pool / water sports platform / beauty and fitness center / library / casino / language on board: English & French / currency on board: US $

Cabin categories
All 165 cabins have a sea view as well as air conditioning, bathroom with bathtub / shower, hairdryer, television, CD / DVD player, minibar, safe, telephone.

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