Best Cook Islands Travel Guide on a Budget

Come BS with us as we explore the Cook Islands. Topics include great budget savvy ways to spend your time when visiting the islands of Aitutaki and Rarotonga. Just two sassy, honest, and funny travelers doing their thing….


8 thoughts on “Best Cook Islands Travel Guide on a Budget”

  1. very fun episode (again)!! this time i had pen and paper ready so i wouldn’t forget my comments πŸ™‚ ha ha…#1 i wanted to say i love the flower headdresses. you must have made them yourselves?? audrey–yours is so beautiful!!! i’m impressed πŸ™‚ #2 i agree that audrey was a little too excited about the crabs! (just kidding) #3 made me cringe hearing all the things that have crossed over harry’s feet #4 sorry to hear /see that traffic jam you guys got into on the island. looked like it held you guys up quite a bit πŸ™ #5 here i am “mentioning” the KY bourbon….i know i am not technically family, but I am close to KY in the IN/MI area….does that count to get my free coupon?? (my vote is that if the KY family hasn’t mentioned it by one week’s time it goes to me!!) :D~
    #5 nice job as always guys

  2. Why on earth did Harry kill the centipede? Local wildlife is fascinating. And here in my home geckos are very welcome. Love them! and we also have rain-spiders which regularly join one in the evenings, to watch the tv, or watch you watching the tv! That sea looks amazing.

    1. Helen, our host who is a Cook Island native, told us that their bite is very painful! Other than those nasty centipedes, all the rest of the critters are free to roam as they please! I am definitely a bug and wildlife lover, but biting centipedes? Yuck! We still can’t believe that crawled up Harry’s foot!

    2. Audrey loves all animals including arthropods. She loves to pick them up and study them. I however, am a little different. I’m more observationally based. More hands off. In other words, I watch Audrey play with these bugs! With that in mind, one of our family rules is no venomous animals in the TV room (especially when they look like they came from the depths of hell). Here’s a short article of what happens when someone gets bitten by one.

  3. Hi guys,

    Just wondering if you could help me please? Me and my friend are travelling at the moment on an extremely tight budget. We have a flight booked for the Cook Islands in four weeks but are worried we can’t afford to go! How much money do you think we will need for two weeks over there (in NZ dollars)? We also haven’t arranged transport to Aitutaki – how much are flights from Rarotonga please?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Best wishes

    1. Hi Lucy,

      We’re wondering if you booked lodging?

      A few things ~ We spent about 11-13 nzd pp per day on groceries. We primarily did all our own cooking and shopped at the biggest grocery stores on the islands in order to get the best prices. The big grocery store on Raro is CITC.

      We did rent our own scooter, so we did have transport expenses too. We paid 11 Nzd a day which was with “wheeling & dealing” with the shop owner. The public transport “bus” is really expensive at 5 Nzd per one way trip.

      Check out for your fares. Rates from Raro to Aitutaki look like they are going for ~250 NZd each way right now. Our advice? If you want to get to Aitutaki, book soon and book ahead! The prices will probably only go up.

      For two people we spent on average ~210 NZ dollars a day. HOWEVER, this included all of our flights (including our flight to get to the island), food, scooter rental/petrol, lodging, and alcohol. The scenic lagoon tour is about 100-120 Nzd pp.

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