Cook Islands Calendar of Events

The purpose of this page is to give you an idea of what normally takes place when if you're planning a future visit. All events are in Rarotonga unless otherwise stated. Scheduled dates for 2022 are shown where these have been confirmed; others will be added as they're announced. Where an event has already taken place, this page will show those dates to help you with future planning.  And as you might guess in this uncertain world, all upcoming dates are subject to change and, sadly, some events might not take place at all.

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This community event started in 2020 and is now an annual feature organised by the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee. Islanders compete against each other at in five sports over 14 days...touch rugby, handball, volleyball, football and 3x3 basketball. And of course it's all on the beach. 

Held from ​10-23 January in 2022

Whale Watching Season

Nobody organises this one, but for many visitors it's the event of a lifetime!

Between mid to late July and October, the waters off the islands are full of whales. They swim close to shore as they head for warmer waters to mate, give birth and rest. In Rarotonga they come so close that you can even watch from the main road through town (Avarua) 

Find out where and how to watch the whales

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT/COPYRIGHT: The Te Maeva Nui and Vaka Eiva photos on this page are the work of a very talented photographer, Harvie Allison. They are reproduced with his kind permission. not reuse these pictures...please contact Harv for his permission. And I also recommend highly a look at his website which includes many more superb photographs.