6 Activities to Explore in the Cook Islands - United Hub

6 Activities to Explore in the Cook Islands

By The Hub team, April 24, 2018

Escaping to paradise is closer than you think with a trip to the Cook Islands.

Located in the heart of Polynesia, the Cooks are made up of 15 islands that exude rustic charm, breathtaking beauty and plenty of activities. Here are the top 6 things to do!

1. Relax in our Aquatic Playground
Enjoy warm tropical temperatures, crystal clear waters, and an abundance of marine life just below the surface of azure blue lagoons. In our little paradise, the beach is wherever you are. Be as active or relaxed as you like in our aquatic playground. Try kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, kitesurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sea scootering or banana boat ride.



Relax in our Aquatic Playground

Courtesy of the Cook Islands Tourism

2. Go on an inland Adventure
The spectacular natural beauty of the Cook Islands is more than simply stunning beaches. From tropical jungle to mountain peaks to manicured gardens with cafés, exploring our jungle interior is easy. Adventure seekers will love getting off the beaten track with a variety of inland adventure tours: from buggies, quad bikes, to guided mountain bike treks through challenging terrain, or simply exploring at your own speed. For hikers, a must do is the 'Cross Island' trek on Rarotonga, either self-guided or with traditional medicine man 'Pa', visitors will be taught about local medicinal plants, flora and fauna along the way.



Go on an Inland Adventure

Courtesy of the Cook Islands Tourism

3. Experience the authentic Polynesian Culture
Be enchanted with 'Island Night' cultural shows: groups dancing with fire to fast rhythms, beaten out on wooden drums. Head to the vibrant Punanga Nui markets for music, dance, authentic local cuisine and local crafts like stunning Tivaevae (colorful quilts,) or hand-made ukuleles.



Experience the authentic Polynesian Culture

Courtesy of the Cook Islands Tourism

4. Party with the Locals
When the sun goes down, the party heats up! We boast the best nightlife of all the islands in the South Pacific. Chat with friendly locals in open-air bars, located right on the beach with cool island vibes and spectacular vistas. Grab a drink and enjoy the show, whether local live music or a stunning sunset over the water. When you want to go big, head to one of our nightclubs, or join a pub crawl tour where the bus to the party is the party!



Party with the Locals

Courtesy of the Cook Islands Tourism

5. Enjoy the best cuisine in the Pacific
Love fresh food? We're not called The Cook Islands for nothing! Whatever you feel like, the choice of dining options is vast and varied in our little island nation. In fact, visitors can easily dine in a different location for every meal of their stay. Buffet meals feature favorite local dishes like ika mata (marinated raw fish) and umu kai cooked in a traditional earth oven. A perfect meal can be beach fish and chips, street stall dishes at the night market, or fine restaurant dining.



Enjoy the best cuisine in the Pacific

Courtesy of the Cook Islands Tourism

6. Put your wellness first
Why not indulge in a spa treatment at one of the many spas around the island? Massage, body wraps and scrubs, facials and beachside treatments are just some of the many indulgences we offer. Early morning yoga classes are led by qualified, local instructors in lush settings with stunning vistas. A bucket-list experience is a SUP paddleboard yoga session on the crystal blue waters of our lagoon.



Early morning yoga classes

Courtesy of the Cook Islands Tourism

Visit the Cook Islands' website to learn more.


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United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

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Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

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By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

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"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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