The Southern Cook Islands are a loose group of mostly volcanic, hilly islands and a few coral atolls.
- Rarotonga - location of the capital
- Aitutaki - the second major destination, with developed facilities.
- Atiu - an inhabited coffee-growing island, with birdlife, beaches and caves, offers opportunity to access Takutea'
- Mangaia - the most southern of the islands, inhabited, accessible by air, with accommodation.
- Mauke - inhabited, with some accommodation, three flights a week.
- Mitiaro - inhabited, with some accommodation, three flights a week.
- Palmerston Island - tiny island, small population, interesting history, no air access.
- Manuae - an uninhabited coral atoll, no air access, no accommodation.
Air Rarotonga offers scheduled services between the islands. Barges service the inhabited islands, but do not operate to a schedule. Charter flights are available.