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With 15 regions, the Cook Islands present countless opportunities to explore cave pools, beaches and Polynesian culture.
The Cook Islands are also the second largest pearl farming producer in the world. Manihiki is the main location for the territory’s many local family-run pearl farms. The island is made up of 40 small coral inlets which encircle a tremendous blue lagoon.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Cook Islands. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Cook Islands: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
Dengue is present on the islands. Make sure to bring repellents and mosquito netting.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
Visitors do not need a visa to travel to the Cook Islands for stays under 90 days. All travelers will need a passport with a blank page for the entry stamp and three months validity.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The Cook Islands have a tropical climate with high, stable temperatures year round.
The territory has a rainy season with afternoon storms from December to March and a dry season from April to November. The wet season is also hurricane season.
There is little temperature difference between the seasons. The average temperature is in the high-70’s, while the average low is in the high-60’s.
February is typically the warmest month for the Cook Islands while August is the coolest. January is the wettest month while July is the driest.
The Cook Islands are a very safe travel destination.
Swimming in sheltered lagoons is fine but reef passages can have very strong currents to be avoided.
The Cook Islands’ major island, Rarotonga, has major reef passages at Avana Harbour, Avaavaroa, Papua, and Rutaki. The other islands have reef passages as well, typically on opposite streams.
Be wary of bug bites as they can lead to dengue fever.
Mitiaro is one of the 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands. But, it is unique in that it is known for its underground cave pools.
The heart of the island it is very flat and swampy. It has two freshwater lakes, Rotunui and Rotoiti, which are filled with eels and tilapia.
One of the most popular island spots is the underground cavern Vai Nouri. The cavern is said to have healing powers and possess water that is strikingly deep and clear. Travelers and locals alike can go to many points along the coast to discover and enjoy countless small coves with ample opportunities to take a dip in the tranquil waters. see the reef, explore the caves, relax on the beaches, and enjoy sights few get to see.
Tourists can get a wonderful cultural experience by staying with welcoming locals. Because the island is rarely visited, travelers can expect a quiet and beautiful experience.
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All Americans visiting the Cook Islands should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
There is no embassy on the islands, but New Zealand serves the area:
U.S. Embassy Wellington
29 Fitzherbert Terrace
Phone: +64 4 462 6000
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