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The rainy season starts in December and you also have the chance of a Typhoon. Some of the worst weather is in January and the best in November.
The best fishing is from June thru October. After October the big ones get scarce. (see photo)
Cook Islands hospitality is great year-round. The Christmas holidays is a time when many Cook Islanders come home for the holidays. There are always lots of get-togethers and parties and if you mingle with the locals you'll have the opportunity to observe things like headstone unveilings and haircutting ceremonies. It's a glimpse into the real culture of the people.
The youngsters like to get together and fish for goatfish in the tide pools during this time (see photo.)