Cook Islands travel guide
Spread over a huge expanse of sea equaling the size of Europe, the Cook Islands are an escapist's fantasy. In these fifteen islands you'll find over one thousand years of Polynesian culture alongside ruggedly tropical and exotic South Pacific scenery. Think clear turquoise ocean, green volcanic mountains, and gushing waterfalls and you'll get an idea of what the Cook Islands has in store for you. This travel guide is dedicated providing Cook Islands tourism and travel information with hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants, activities and more.
The largest of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga, is a mix of jagged mountains, thick jungle and powder white beaches. But don't stop at Rarotonga. Aitutaki is the second most visited island and should not be missed. Located on top of one of the earth's largest coral lagoons, Aitutaki is a haven for snorkeling and scuba diving. With its technicolor underworld of purple, pink and blue coral, its angelfish, translucent sea creatures and dolphins, you might just get lost down there so mesmerized will you be. The island is also ringed by dozens of uninhabited little islands you can explore. The little rocky island of Atiu has some interesting limestone caves and coffee plantations, while Mau'ke, Mangaia and Mitiaro are also fascinating with their traditional village life and friendly villages.
If you really want to get away from it all, the Northern Group of islands might appeal to you. The Northern Group is a sprinkling of small islands and coral reefed atolls where daily life revolves around the tides, the family, and the weather. Few people make it to these islands and because of this, the locals aren't very used to tourists, which means you'll be stared at a lot but also treated like visiting royalty. Getting around is a little tricky and accommodation is rustic. If you'd like to try visiting, talk to people first who've been there so you know what to expect. But do persist if you can. The Northern Group islands are a trip-of-a-lifetime experience with their teal lagoons, black pearl farms and some of the friendliest people you're ever likely to meet.
Other than flying, the only other way to get to these islands in the Northern Group is by inter-island cargo ships, which load and unload daily at all islands. You could also try asking around at various harbors to see if any private boats are leaving and try your luck.
Even though there's a lot of exploring to do of hidden far flung islands, you might just get caught up on any one of the fifteen islands — they're all small and friendly — and want to stay a while. The pace of life is refreshingly slow in the South Pacific, so don't feel rushed to do too much or to see everything. This is paradise, after all.
You can consult with any Cook Islands tourist information center for more information regarding Cook Islands map, activities, accommodation, flights, how to get around...etc.