Rarotonga is an volcanic island completely surrounded by a reef that protects a shallow lagoon ideal for snorkelers. Outside, there is a gradual fall to a 4,500-meter drop-off, giving a wide variety of dive sites including canyons, caves, swim-throughs, passages and wrecks.
Cook islands – Been There

Busy, busy, busy, lying on the beach

Photo by Sergi Reboredo

Cook islands – Been There Busy, busy, busy, lying on the beach

The 15 Cook Islands islands, deep in the Pacific between Hawaii and New Zealand, can be divided into two groups. The more remote northern group of six coral atolls are the sort of place where any adventurers will feel right at home, being virtually unexplored as well as scenic.

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“People who haven’t visited the Cook Islands often say they think there is nothing to do,” says Christian Mani, who works for the local tourist board. “I always tell them there are lots of things to do, including my favourite: lying on the beach.” He laughs, and goes on. “You can also trek across the island, visit a local bar or swim, paddle board or kayak to Motu Koromiri and spend the whole day there – it feels like you are off the Rock.”

“The Rock” is the local name for the island of Rarotonga which along with Aitutaki and Atiu make up the southern group of the archipelago, the part most visited by tourists.

Woman walking along sandy shore at sunset with outrigger canoe on Aitutaki Island in Cook Islands

Aitutaki is one of the Southern Group of the 15 Cook Islands that are scattered over two million sq. km. of ocean. It was first seen by Europeans when Captain Bligh and the crew of the HMS Bounty landed in 1789, only 17 days before the infamous mutiny. Photo by Chad Ehlers / Alamy

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Aitutaki is one of the Southern Group of the 15 Cook Islands that are scattered over two million sq. km. of ocean. It was first seen by Europeans when Captain Bligh and the crew of the HMS Bounty landed in 1789, only 17 days before the infamous mutiny.

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