It’s pretty hard to find untouched islands these days. In the 1960s and 1970s, Southeast Asia was discovered by backpackers following the Hippie Trail, and those areas are still well-traveled to this day. However, if you’re looking for an island paradise that few travelers visit, you should consider booking a trip to the Cook Islands.
The Cook Islands are a small nation comprised of 15 islands in the south pacific. The biggest island is Rarotonga, and typically where travelers fly in to. The entire region is dotted with stunning coral reefs and rare marine life that has largely remained untouched. Due to this, avid divers and snorkelers try to make their way here at least once in their lifetimes.
Rarotonga is not an easy place to get to, as only four airlines fly into the small airport. If you want to visit, you can find flights on Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia. Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous you can hop on a sailboat and sail to the islands.
Where To Stay
While you can stay on Rarotonga, a trip to Aitutaki Island is a must. The Pacific Resort Aitutaki is a favorite with travelers looking to get away from the world and enjoy the idyllic jungles and volcanic formations on the island.