About Cook Islands

The gentle sea with the purest water and the magnificent sandy beaches of Cook Islands attract more and more tourists yearly. The crystal turquoise color of the seawater sets the level of your vacation somewhere between stunning and perfect. So if you are looking for the perfect sea, this is your place!

For explorers
Free entrance • Amenities beach • Exceptional beauty • Access by boat • Crowded in season • No parking
1.7 Amenities index
Senior friendly

Tokerau Beach

Arorangi 1.5 km
Very good
8.3
Free entrance • Amenities beach • Easy access • Bright sand • Turquoise pure water • Sand bottom
4.9 Amenities index
Good for Relax

Muri Beach

Muri 0.4 km
Very good
8.2
Partly hotel beach • Easy access • White fine sand • Small open area • Crowded in season • Distant parking
5.5 Amenities index

Aroa Beach

Arorangi 3.4 km
Very good
8.1
Free entrance • Virgin beach • Easy access • Bright sand • Turquoise pure water • Sand bottom
2.1 Amenities index
For explorers
Very good
8
Free entrance • Virgin beach • Exceptional beauty • Access by boat • Crowded in season • No parking
0 Amenities index
Good for Relax

Titikaveka Beach

Titikaveka 0.6 km
Good
7.9
Free entrance • Amenities beach • Easy access • Bright fine sand • Turquoise pure water • Fine sand bottom
2.7 Amenities index

Calm, measured rest and the sound of waves are perhaps the most common associations that arise with the word "beach". This is not surprising, as relaxation is exactly what many beach travelers are looking for. If you associate your vacation primarily with such activity, choose one of the 17 beaches in the country.

To make your choice easier, we have prepared a list of the best beaches for relaxation in Cook Islands.

Attraction and Infrastructure

As for the main features of the beaches of Cook Islands, they are as follows:

  • The country's beaches are mainly narrow, long and have a high level of cleanliness. The most common surface is sand of bright color.
  • Usually, entry into the water is gentle, which is very good for kids. There are 10 such beaches.
  • The average distance from the road to beach in Cook Islands is less than 500 meters. 13 beaches are relatively easy to access, and 4 beaches are only accessible from the water. The latter include both island beaches and beaches with no land routes due to the natural borders.

The vast majority of Cook Islands beaches have the necessary amenities, such as sun loungers, umbrellas, beach cafes, showers and toilets.

Latest reviews on Cook Islands's beaches

Tokerau Beach
10 Daniel Larkspur

We had a fantastic time during our stay. The garden view room we stayed in was one of the newer ones and was exceptionally clean. The staff at the hotel were absolutely amazing, especially the guys at the Activity hut who were both talented and helpful. The location of Edgewater was very convenient as it was close to the bus stop. The food at the hotel exceeded our expectations in terms of value. It had a great selection of Kiwi tucker. The kids club was absolutely awesome, and once again, the staff there were amazing.

Aroa Beach
7 Zynett

What a charming little nook with plenty of room to park your ride! Just keep in mind that you'll be facing the sun all day long, even in the winter. But hey, it's worth it for the primo snorkeling opportunities. Just be prepared for a bit of a gritty sand situation on this side of the island.

Aitutaki Sandbank
10 Lila Creston

Wow. I'm at a loss for words.

Titikaveka Beach
10 Ron Weaver

Without question, the most ideal spot to stay on Rarotonga is undoubtedly here. The villas have been recently renovated and are situated directly on a stunning beach that offers a breathtaking view of the lagoon. It is incredibly peaceful as it is set away from the road leading to the lagoon, unlike many other accommodations in Rarotonga that are located along the road. The owners and management are exceptionally friendly and always ready to assist. This was our second stay and we will definitely be coming back. - Rob Towner

Nikao Beach
8 Kashton James

Wow, the beach looks absolutely amazing.

Arorangi Beach
10 Rick M.

To be honest, the beds are a bit firm and the rooms are a bit worn out, and sometimes we had to remind the staff for beach towels or toilet paper... but let's focus on the positive things that Al, Lisa, and the amazing team are already addressing. This place is not like those generic and soulless resorts that you can find anywhere in the world. It has a cozy size with only 12 rooms, and it's located right on the beach (I mean, right on the beach!). We discovered the best snorkeling spot in Raro, which happens to be in the marine reserve just outside our doorstep. We even saw whales multiple times a day! The staff was incredibly accommodating and we had a blast. There were 12 of us and we felt completely at home. We definitely plan on coming back!

Finding hotels in relative proximity to the beaches is usually fine. Many beaches have enough nearby accommodation, which gives good opportunities to choose the right place to stay.

Do you know how many beaches there are in Cook Islands? In total there are 17 beaches and the most popular is One Foot Island beach.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the main features of best beaches in Cook Islands?

When it comes to finding the best beaches in Cook Islands, the following aspects should be taken into account.

There are 17 beaches in total, of which about 4 can be called high-rated.

The best beaches in the majority:

They are also usually:

The best beaches in Cook Islands:

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How to view only nearest to me beaches in Cook Islands?

To find the beaches closest to your current geolocation, click the Nearby Beaches icon in the search box. You will see the nearest beaches sorted by distance from you.

Note, that if you only want to see the beaches closest to you in Cook Islands, you must be in that area to get the correct results.

See also: View all beaches in Cook Islands and create your selection by features.

How to view all beaches in Cook Islands on map?

What are all easy accessible beaches in Cook Islands?

Most of the beaches located in Cook Islands are easily accessible, but there are also hard to reach beaches among them. Use the filter to sort the beaches by access details (parking, distance etc.).

Popular categories of beaches in Cook Islands by access:

See also the categories:

Top 5 popular beaches with easy access in Cook Islands:

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How to view all sandy beaches or beaches with other natural features in Cook Islands?

Use the "Main features" section of the filter in search results to see all the beaches with the feature you're interested in.

The most popular selections of beaches with natural features are listed below. Don't forget that you can create your own selection with any combination of features

Beach coverage and water

Natural scenery

Other popular categories

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How to find uncrowded beaches in Cook Islands?

The presence of crowds of tourists on the beach these days is becoming a mass character, and sometimes you want silence and solitude. Use the filter in search results to view the beaches in Cook Islands by occupancy.

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Which beaches in Cook Islands are kid-friendly, good for relax, pet-friendly, naturist-friendly, camping-friendly?

How to view all beaches by amenities details in Cook Islands?

Use filter in search results to select a beach according to your preference for amenities.

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How to view all beaches by activity of interest in Cook Islands?

Use the "Activity" section of the filter in search results to view the selections of beaches by one or multiple activities. Below are a few popular selections that you can change as you like using our filter.

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