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Flights to Cook Islands in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inJuneHigh demand for flights, 9% potential price rise
Cheapest inNovemberBest time to find cheap flights, 1% potential price drop
Average priceC$ 1,697Average for round-trip flights in November 2021

Can I fly to Cook Islands from Canada right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from Canada to Cook Islands

Most visitors from Canada will not be allowed to enter Cook Islands.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Canada are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Cook Islands.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Canada are not required to quarantine after entering Cook Islands.

Documents
Online Contact Form - Travelers are required to complete the online contact form no more than 72 hours before departure.

Travel Authorization - Travelers are required to request permission to travel to the Cook Islands from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. They should email their request to: immigration2@cookislands.gov.ck.

Travelers who do not have a Cook Islands stamp or a permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration will be required to complete a Medical Immigration form before departure.


Can I fly back to Canada from Cook Islands?

Returning to Canada from Cook Islands

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Cook Islands must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Canada.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Cook Islands are not required to quarantine after entering Canada.

When is the best time to fly to Cook Islands?

Average Cook Islands flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month

YTO - RAR

Price

C$ 753 - C$ 2,594

RAR

Temperature

22 - 26 °C

RAR

Precipitation

100 - 260 mm

August is typically the best time to fly to Cook Islands, but there are other times where great deals are available. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to Cook Islands then January is statistically the hottest. March is historically the period with most rainfall.

The Cook Islands is made up of 15 islands lying in the South Pacific Ocean in the middle of the Polynesian triangle. The country is self-governed but closely tied with New Zealand – most international flights to the Cook Islands come through Auckland. The islands, with blue skies, white sand and warm seas, appeal to beach lovers and sports enthusiasts keen to enjoy the stunning landscape. On average 90,000 visitors arrive each year in Raratonga, the capital.

Almost all visitors spend some time on Raratonga, on the small almost circular island, which is surrounded by coral reef. Not surprisingly, it is a popular place for snorkelling and diving. The centre of the island is mountainous and good for hiking and biking.

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Cook Islands climate

You’ll be hard pressed to find a bad time to visit the Cook Islands. The weather is nice all year long and the temperature averages 28 C. 

When is the best time to fly to Cook Islands?

Peak Season:
April through November is the peak season, when temperatures are cooler and there is less rainfall

Off Season:
Less popular is December through March, however, this is really far from an “off season” as the rainfall is usually only in the afternoon.

Getting around Cook Islands

The quickest way to get between the 15 islands is flying. Air Raratonga has flights between eight of them. If you’re planning on visiting more than one island, it’s possible to buy a pass and get discounted prices.

Raratonga is only 32km circumference so there is no real need to hire a car. There is a bus services that loops the island. If you want to travel under your own steam, hiring a scooter is cheaper than a car.

What is good to know if travelling to Cook Islands?

  • Raratonga is the largest island and the arrival point for most tourists as all flights to the Cook Islands arrive at the airport here. This where the most restaurants and hotels are based. To get a view of the overall islands, take a trek across its centre. The trek takes between three and four hours and offers stunning views from the summit.
  • The main city on Raratonga is Avarua, capital of the islands. Don’t miss the Saturday market, which starts at 8am. Everything is on sale here, from food to jewellery.
  • Some of the best beaches in the Cook Islands can only be explored by a lagoon cruise. You’ll visit areas that are only accessible by water, with no other holidaymakers – except those from your own boat.
  • North of Raratonga, Aitutaki is the second most visited island. The beaches here are beautiful, and a little more secluded than those on Raratonga. The much-photographed, One Foot Island has the appearance of the perfect beach: arching palm trees stretch out over white sand towards the turquoise sea. Snorkelling from Aitutaki is excellent.
  • If possible, visit a Sunday Mass while you’re on the islands. This is quite an experience and the singing is amazing. Dress for the occasion – certainly no beach wear or overly casual clothes. Islanders will dress up in their Sunday best for church.

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