The Cook Islands are a South Pacific tropical paradise comprising of 15 islands spread over 850,000 sq miles of ocean. Visiting the Cook Islands is like stepping back in time – life is simple, unhurried and most shops and restaurants are closed on Sunday for religious observance. The Cook Islands boast a total population of only 14000 people with the majority being Polynesian Cook Islands Maori. The Cook Islanders consider themselves born of the sea and as such have a close affinity for the ocean. They are a proud people with a great love of family who enjoy to sing, dance and celebrate life.
The Island of Rarotonga is the largest island and home to the international airport and the Capital City of Avarua. It is a beautiful tropical island with 20 miles of coastline and sparkling blue lagoon dotted with small idyllic beaches and a mountainous hinterland with lush vegetation. Exploring the island is easy with choices including hiring a bike, scooter or car or utilising the island bus service. No building in the Cook Islands is allowed to be higher than a palm tree so fine hotels and resorts are cleverly nestled into the sandy beaches making the most of the natural surroundings. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy from fishing, diving, snorkelling and kayaking, to escorted excursions to learn about the culture and history of the Islands.
Aitutaki is the other main island frequented by international visitors. A 45 minute flight from Rarotonga, it is most famous for its beautiful turquoise lagoon and palm-fringed beaches, a natural "Mecca" for snorkelers and scuba-divers. Enjoy this sensational island setting in one of the fine resorts boasting excellent accommodation, innovative cuisine and breath-taking sunsets.
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