Best time to visit Rarotonga & Cook Islands

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Best time of year to visit Rarotonga & Cook Islands

Best time to visit Rarotonga and Cook Islands is winter and early spring, from May to October, which also coincides with dry season. The unbeatable combination of warmth and sunshine will drive you crazy with a variety of endless water activities. Relax on the beach, dive into crystal clear water, practice kitesurfing, and hike across the Cook Islands! In August, Manureva Aquafest with its five-day non-stop parties will spin you in the whirlwind of excitement. Late November welcomes one of the biggest paddling competitions in the world—Vaka Eiva—which will cheer you up before the rainy season hits the islands. December to March is the rainy season with short, heavy cloudbursts followed by hours of sunshine.

6 THINGS TO DO IN RAROTONGA & COOK ISLANDS (JULY 29 - AUGUST 07)

Te Maeva Nui Cultural Festival

Te Maeva Nui Cultural Festival

July 26–August 05, 2019 • event

The biggest celebration on the Cook Islands invites everybody to feel the spirit and passion of local life

Snorkelling and Diving

Snorkelling and Diving

May–October • activity

The rich underwater world of the Cook Islands opens its beauty for everyone. Warm and clear waters welcome visitors to enjoy the colours of the ocean floor

Beach Season

Beach Season

June–October • activity

Clear waters, shallow lagoons, white sand beaches, and hidden places offer the best beach holidays for all kinds of vacation. Whether you are travelling with your family, enjoying a honeymoon, or looking for some adventures the Cook Islands have something for everyone!

Rarotonga Cross Island Walk

Rarotonga Cross Island Walk

May–October • activity

Discover natural beauty of this island during the dry period

Kitesurfing & Bodyboarding

Kitesurfing & Bodyboarding

May–October • activity

Being a renowned kitesurfing spot, the Cook Islands have something to offer for advanced bodyboarders and those who like stand-up paddleboarding. Though unfortunately there's not too much for surfers

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

July–October • nature

These amazing ocean giants come really close to the shore to play near the reefs. That's the Cook Islands' whale watching magic!

5 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Vaka Eiva

Vaka Eiva

November 23–30, 2018 • event

Check out the main sporting event on Rarotonga and one of the biggest paddling events in the world

Manureva Aquafest

Manureva Aquafest

August 20–24, 2018 • event

This five-day watersports festival full of fun and energetic competitions annually draws crowds to the honeymoon island

Round Rarotonga Road Race

Round Rarotonga Road Race

September 20–26, 2018 • event

The most important running event is waiting for you in Rarotonga. Take part in the competitions or just enjoy supporting the runners

Flamboyant or Flame Tree

Flamboyant or Flame Tree

November–February • nature

These magnificent trees create fantastic landscapes

Birdwatching during Breeding Season

Birdwatching during Breeding Season

June | December • nature

Lonely uninhibited islands, sand cays, reef-islets, and bushlands hide a rich diversity of seabirds, endemic land birds, and migratory species. Get ready for an inspiring birdwatching trip!