11 days in Cook Islands & Malaysia Itinerary

Make it your trip
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
Fly to Rarotonga International Airport, Drive to Muri
Muri, Cook Islands
— 1 night
Drive to Rarotonga International Airport, Fly to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
George Town, Malaysia
— 2 nights


Aitutaki, Cook Islands — 2 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Aitutaki is known for nature, beaches, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Aitutaki Lagoon, admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, get great views at Piraki Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at O'otu Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aitutaki tour itinerary maker tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Aitutaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Singapore to Aitutaki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Muri.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

Muri, Cook Islands — 1 night

Raratonga's lagoon measures widest and deepest around Muri, attracting large numbers of tourists to swim, snorkel, dive, and boat in the turquoise water filled with tropical sea life.
On the 23rd (Fri), stop by Tivaevae Collectables, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Muri Lagoon, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Muri day trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Aitutaki to Muri with the Route module. September in Muri sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kuala Lumpur.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Spas
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 3 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kuala Lumpur is known for sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, take in the spiritual surroundings of National Mosque (Masjid Negara), stroll through KL Bird Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Muri to Kuala Lumpur. Traveling from Muri to Kuala Lumpur, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Muri in September: high temperatures in Kuala Lumpur hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to fly to George Town.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

George Town, Malaysia — 2 nights

A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Escape Penang, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Danai Spa at Tanjung Bungah Penang, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kek Lok Si Temple, and finally stop by Batek-Lah Collection. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Batik Painting Museum Penang, take in the pleasant sights at Street Art in George Town, contemplate the long history of Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, then take an in-depth tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and finally examine the collection at Penang House of Music.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the George Town trip builder tool.

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to George Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Western Indonesia Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Spas
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Cook Islands travel guide

Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.

Malaysia travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Shopping Malls · Parks
An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.