Are you dreaming of tying the knot on white sands with crystal clear waters in the background? What about a dreamy boat ride through one of the world’s most serene lagoons? Have you pictured jumping in the ocean with your wedding dress? Eloping in the Cook Islands is all about adventure and fun under the sun. This South Pacific paradise has lush tropical landscapes, schools of tropical fish, long stretches of white sand beaches, and even a special lagoon with translucent waters. Visiting the Cook Islands means planning your own adventure, whether that means relaxing on the beach or a full-throttle adrenaline-filled trip. If you’ve always pictured an adventurous and wild elopement day on one of the most beautiful spots in the world, why not plan a Cook Islands elopement?
Clear blue waters, lush tropical jungles, and white sand beaches… The Cook Islands is a total paradise for beach lovers everywhere. This set of islands in the South Pacific has so much to offer eloping couples. The diversity of landscape means planning an intentional and adventurous Cook Islands elopement that speaks to just the two of you. Plan it all yourself!
Whatever you imagine for your elopement, keep in mind that Jayne can plan the most epic and unforgettable elopements – so if you’re not seeing your perfect elopement spot here, get in touch!
What is there to do in Cook Islands? Good question. This small set of islands may look a little boring… but that couldn’t be further from the truth! The best things to do in Cook Islands involve lots of swimming, snorkeling and relaxing. Here are some fun things to do in Cook Islands:
Not seeing the perfect adventure? Don’t worry, there’s plenty more to do when you visit the Cook Islands.
The best time to visit the Cook Islands is between April and November, during their driest season. Temperatures during these summer months will be warm and toasty, but not too hot. The Cook Islands are tropical, so expect some humidity. Temperatures will reach 90F during the summer months.
If you want to visit outside these months, perhaps consider eloping somewhere else. During the winter months, it often rains frequently. The typhoon season runs from November to April each year. It’s no fun getting stuck on the island during rough weather!
The Cook Islands may have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and picking the right hotel can create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the island atmosphere. Hotels in the Cook Islands have so much to offer, from relaxing beach atmospheres to romantic experiences for newlyweds! The best hotels in Cook Islands include the following spots, which cater to many different budgets:
I’d recommend staying on the main island, of course, especially near Muri Beach.. But also taking some time and visiting Aitutaki, home to one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world.
Like many islands in the South Pacific, the Cook Islands have their own unique culinary landscape. Traditional meals in the Cook Islands almost always include bread or rice with starch-heavy vegetables like taro, coconut, and kumara. Many dishes will include fish and ocean delicacies caught off the coast, like pasua (or giant clam). It’s common for meals to include banana, cassava, coconut, papaya and other local fruits as a side dish or dessert.
If you’re a foodie like me, be sure to flag these amazing restaurants for your Cook Islands elopement. Just a heads up: because this is a tropical island, expect food prices to be a little higher than you might expect per person.
The Cook Islands has so many wonderful spots to sit, relax, grab a drink and enjoy the view. These are some of the best bars in the Cook Islands:
To visit Cook Islands, you’ll need to take a plane. You can fly from New Zealand, of course, but many western cities in the U.S. (like Los Angeles) offer direct flights to Rarotonga through Air New Zealand.
It’s always easier and less stressful to handle the legal paperwork where you live. But if you do want to get legally married in the Cook Islands, it’s possible. Prior to your wedding, you will need to apply for your marriage license in person at the Rarotonga Registrar of Marriages. Make sure to bring your passport and original birth certificate to apply for the marriage license, also known as the Notice of Intended Marriage. You need to be at least 21 years old.