Day 1 – USA to Rarotonga
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
Day 2 – Welcome to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
You will be met after clearing customs and immigration, and transferred to your accommodation.
A net of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over an area the size of India with a population no bigger than a small New Zealand country town, 14,000 souls. These unique and friendly Polynesians have their own language and government and enjoy a vigorous and diverse culture with significant differences between each island.
‘The Cooks’ are largely unspoiled by tourism and offer a rare opportunity for people from the cities of the world to experience a different type of vacation. There are no high-rise hotels, few beach buggies and very little hype. Ideal for travelers seeking more than the usual clichés associated with the South Seas, each island has its unique qualities and offers the visitor a special experience.Starting Accommodation:
Day 3 – Island Discovery Tour
Take a 3 hour orientation journey around the fascinating island of Rarotonga to experience the sights, culture and history of a people and place. Observe coconut husking demonstrations, learn about the many uses the coconut has in the Cook Island society. Stops during the tour allow the opportunity to experience Cook Island local arts, craft and perfumes.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Pa’s Nature Walk
Join Pa as he takes a guided walking and hiking tour of the interiors of Rarotonga. Learn about the local medicine plants used by his ancestors. Referred to by many publications as the South Pacific’s most famous experienced guide, Pa will recite stories of wars, famines and great migrations as passed to him by his forefathers.
The Nature Walk is a half day excursion, and suitable for those able to negotiate some rugged terrain, though there is no climbing involved. On the Nature Walk, Pa will explain the culture of his ancestors as well as some practical applications for the many fauna and flora found along the walk.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – At leisure, Rarotonga
Rarotonga offers much for lovers of the sea, including lagoon cruises, sports fishing, diving and sailing. The lagoon is a focal point of interest for visitors to Rarotonga
Not to be missed is Sunday morning service at one of the many churches distributed around the island. Most visitors exposed for the first time to Cook Islands hymn singing are astonished at the power of the voices and the quality of the harmony. The men turn out in their Sunday best and the women are always immaculate in their stiff ‘rito’ hats made of young coconut fiber.
Also not to be missed is the market on the waterfront at the western end of Avarua. This is open every day except Sunday. But on Saturday morning it hums since everyone on the island seems to be there. Stalls sell food, drinks and crafts and there is often a competition for local singers to show off their talents.Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – At leisure, Rarotonga
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions
Day 7 – Fly Rarotonga to USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.