DISCOVER MANIHIKI AND RAKAHANGA
3 nights in Rarotonga plus 7 or 14 nights in Manihiki.

Flights from Rarotonga to Manihiki normally operate every 2nd Tuesday with extra flights occasionally on the intervening tuesday allowing 7 night packages. Special flights can be arranged anytime for a minimum of 6 passengers.

Rarotonga to Manihiki flights are scheduled to depart in 2018 tuesdays March 13, 27, April 10, 24, May 8, 22, June 5, 19, July 10, 24, 31 August 07, 21

SPECIAL ESCORTED DEPARTURE. 3 nights Rarotonga,3 nights Manihiki,2 nights Pukapuka
Commence Rarotonga 21 July, 2018 - End 28 July 2018
Tour cost per person share twin $8,900


This tour can commence any saturday subject to a minimum of 6 passengers travelling.
This tour links to our Manihiki and Pukapuka Northern air safari

PLEASE NOTE
This tour includes the 'off the beaten track' northern islands where very few tourists go. This is a major part of the attraction. It also means that tourist facilities are very limited! Manihiki has 2 simple but pleasant lagoon side overbeach bungalows with shower, toilet and fan (first to reserve gets them!) plus 2 rooms in a shared bungalow. Pukapuka provides local bungalows only. Meals will be relatively simple using local ingredients but will be more than adequate in substance. Normally breakfast and lunch ingredients are provided to make your own and dinner will be provided by the local people. Electricity is available 24 hours a day on Manihiki and lesser hours on Pukapuka. Internet may be accessed locally but cell phone service is not available.

Travel from Rarotonga back to Rarotonga will be by twin engine turbo prop Bandeirante aircraft. This normally carries 13 passengers but for our flight will have a maximum of 7. Baggage will be absolutely restricted to 10 kilos per person and accurate passenger weights will have to be provided on reservation - and checked on check in at Rarotonga!

This tour is for those who can abandon their cell phones, accept erratic email service, and just relax and enjoy the friendly islanders and relaxed pace of life on a remote atoll which normally gets 1 flight every 2 weeks and 1 ship every 2 months. The lagoon in Manihiki is fabulous for swimming, diving, and snorkelling. Fresh fish can be on the menu daily (self caught if you wish)
Manihiki is home to the Cook Islands Black Pearl Industry. You will have the opportunity to buy direct from the growers.



Itinerary - 7 nights in Manihiki

Manihiki - Cook Islands

Tour cost per person 12 Days/11 nights (4 nights Rarotonga and 7 nights Manihiki)
2 per room $5,900
Single room $6,900

Tour cost includes:
* Arrival and departure transfers in Rarotonga and Manihiki
* Round trip air fares Rarotonga/Manihiki/Rarotonga * 3 nights accommodation and breakfast in Rarotonga prior to your tour and 1 after
* 7 nights accommodation and all meals in Manihiki
* 3 excursions in Manihiki as listed.

Tour cost per person 18 Days/17 nights (3 nights Rarotonga, 14 nights Manihiki)
2 per room $6,800
Single room $7,900
Same inclusions as above except 14 nights in Manihiki.

 
Day 1. Saturday. ARRIVE RAROTONGA(D)
Arrive Rarotonga today and you will be greeted and transferred to the Edgewater resort. Dinner at the hotel included tonight.
 
Day 2-3. Sunday- Monday RAROTONGAB
Two free days to enjoy beautiful Rarotonga at your leisure. Relax in the lagoon, explore Avarua, or take an optional 4WD tour of the island.
 
Day 4. TuesdayRAROTONGA - MANIHIKI (BD)
Transfer to Rarotonga airport this morning and a three and a half hour flight will bring you to Manihiki atoll, home of the Cook Islands Pearl industry. Here the lagoons are dotted with small structures perched on coral heads serving as platforms for the seeding of oysters that will, after nearly 2 years, yield a lustrous south seas black pearl. Manihiki's lagoon measures some 44.6 square km enclosed by a reef some 17 km long topped by 30 atolls, 2 of which are inhabited. A total of around 300 people still live here. Main industry is the pearl industry which brings in over $5 million per annum.
First 2 couples to reserve get the overbeach bungalows - the rest will stay in local bungalows.
 
Day 5. Wednesday MANIHIKI(BLD)
This morning we travel by boat to a small islet in the lagoon to learn about seeding the pearls, with swimming and snorkelling time around the pearl beds. This afternoon try your hand at the outrigger canoes and fishing, and visit the fish traps and bird sanctuary. Maybe purchase some of the local handicrafts and pearls.
 
Day 6. Thursday - Day 10 Monday MANIHIKI(BLD)
The rest of your time is yours to chill out and enjoy the hospitality of the local people, lagoon, and villas, on an island where you will probably be the only tourists! During these days you will receive
  • Lagoon cruise to an isolated motu for swimming, snorkelling, relaxing. Lunch of fresh fish and paua. Cruise past local fish traps and a bird sanctuary.
  • One fishing excursion for the excitement of catching flying fish at night with the aid of a lantern and net!
  • For bird watchers and deep sea fishers we will arrange special activities for you - but there will be a charge where boats and guides are involved
RAKAHANGA

Two hours by boat north of Manihiki lies the island of Rakahanga. Subject to weather, boat availability, and a minimum of 4 passengers a day excursion is available one day for an extra $150 per person.

The rest of your days are free to unwind, relax, chill out, and enjoy the leisurely pace of island life. If you are in a hurry or need to be entertained this is not the tour for you.

Sunday is a day of rest on Manihiki and we ask you to respect the islanders way of life. Swimming in the lagoon is accepted on Manihiki but boat cruises, fishing excursions etc will not be available. Relax and enjoy the day and you are most welcome to attend a local church service.

 
Day 11. TuesdayMANIHIKI - RAROTONGA(B)
Cruise back to the airport this morning for your flight back to Rarotonga. Transfer to your hotelon arrival.
 
Day 12. WednesdayRAROTONGA DEPART(B)
You will be transferred to the airport for departure.

MANIHIKI AND PUKAPUKA OPTION

13 days/12 nights accommodated.
4 nights Rarotonga, 6 nights Manihiki, and 2 nights Pukapuka.
This tour can operate at the end of any Manihiki 7 night stay for a minimum of 6 passengers.
Escorted departure 2018 for minimum of 6 passengers July 21

Days 1 (saturday) - 10 (monday) same as for Manihiki only tour above.
 
Day 11. Tuesday MANIHIKI - PUKAPUKA(BD)
Late morning we cruise back to the airport for our 1 hour 30 minute flight to unique Pukapuka. The airport is located on the southern Motu, about 1 hours cruise across the spectacular lagoon to the main village of Wale. This is a fascinating island and community known about through the writings of Robert Dean Frisbie and others. This afternoon we meet the local people and explore the main village. Accommodation in local bungalows.
 
Day 12. Wednesday PUKAPUKA(BLD)
Today we enjoy a full day cruising the lagoon stopping off at remote motu's (islets) on the reef, seeing the main entry passage, and some of the massive bird life including a stopover at one bird sanctuary. A picnic lunch will be provided on an uninhabited Motu. We also visit the local school. We will try our skill at fishing en route for fresh fish for dinner.
 
Day 13. Thursday PUKA PUKA - RAROTONGA (BLD)
Cruise back to the airport for our 4 hour flight back to Rarotonga. In clear weather conditions we will see spectacular views of Tema Reef, Nassau Island, and Suwarrow Island where hermit Tom Neale lived his solitary existence (written about in the book "An island to ones self"). Transfer on arrival to our hotel.
 
Day 14. Friday RAROTONGA DEPART (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for departure.
Why not extend your stay in Rarotonga and/or visit some of the Southern group islands such as Aitutaki, Mangaia, Atiu, Mauke.
Tour cost per person 13 days 2 per room $NZ11,900 Single room $NZ12,860

Tour cost includes:

  • Arrival and departure transfers in Rarotonga, Manihiki. and Pukapuka
  • Round trip air fares from Rarotonga to Manihiki, Pukapuka, and return to Rarotonga.
  • 7 nights accommodation at Manihiki Lagoon villas or local bungalows including all meals plus use of snorkelling equipment and kayaks. 2 nights accommodation in local bungalows in Pukapuka, plus 3 nights Beachfront rooms or suites at The Rarotongan Beach resort and Spa with breakfast and dinner.
  • Lagoon cruise and Pearl Farm tour plus 1 fishing excursion in Manihiki. Lagoon cruise and village visit in Pukapuka

COOK ISLANDS DISCOVERY TOURS (A Division of Connoisseur Holidays)
Phone (09) 309 1831 Mobile 021 174 9588
Email: info@cookislandsdiscoverytours.com
P.O. Box 6145, Auckland, New Zealand 1141