Travel Tips: The Cook Islands
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Travel Tips: The Cook Islands

Dotted over a large area on the ocean the small Cook Islands offers a dream vacation. It is a wonderful place for people wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily city life. The best way to reach Cook Islands is by air but you can even reach the Islands on a romantic ocean liner.

The Cook Islands is made up of 15 islands in the heart of South Pacific.  It has of two main groups one in the north and the other in the south. The southern group has nine islands of volcanic origin and most of the people live here. Rarotonga has the International airport for the Island.

The best way to reach Cook Islands is by air. You could even choose a romantic ocean liner if you have more time. It is a great holiday destination any time of the year as the weather does not change much. You will experience pleasant climate year round, and there are no extremes of temperature, even though it rains often.

The Cook Islands depicts warm sun, soft sand and is a tropical paradise. White sandy beaches, serene warm waters, and the warmth of the Polynesian are waiting for you at the Cooks Island. You can enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds of tinted tropical fish, rare birds and flowers in the Island. You will enjoy a vacation, relaxed on a resort or a wedding on a private tropical beach or just have a wonderful adventure on your trip to Cooks.

Aitutaki has a beautiful lagoon enclosed by tranquil tiny coral atolls and breathtaking beaches fringed with palm trees. Astute travelers can travel around the inlet beaches, caves and soak in the local culture. Many of the Cook Islands have been the scene for films like Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.

The population of the Cook Islands is quite small compared to the large area and you may not find too many big tourist resorts which are there in some plush vacation destination. But you are sure to enjoy the immaculate, fine beaches and the complete serenity. If you enjoy swimming, Muri Lagoon and Titikaveka are the best beaches. You can to dive beneath the pure turquoise waters, which are filled with bright fish and coral reefs. Kauai is an old volcanic island which also has a lot of spectacular underwater life.

Rarotonga is the biggest island and the jewel in the crown of the Cooks Island. It is a mesmerizing amalgamation of Rocky Mountains, incredible white beaches and thick forests. You just have to go out and explore. Rarotonga has a lot of diverse landscape and you will not get tired of the place. Aitutaki is a hook-shaped coral isle and another of the most visited islands.  It is situated on the top of one of the biggest coral lagoons in the world. It is full of giant clams and multihued tropical fish. You will see a number of small uninhabited islets called ‘motu’ around its outer periphery. Atiu is a tiny rocky island which has coffee plantations and limestone caves.

Ecotourism is prevalent on the Cooks Island and if you take the services of a Culture guide you will get to hear fascinating tales around the distinctive culture and history of the Island country. There is a lot for adventure tourists and if you are looking for adventure you can enjoy game fishing, hiking, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking and sailing. There are a few low-lying, thinly populated, coral isles on northern Cook Islands.

You can get comfortable accommodation on the Islands. There are many hotels, guesthouses, resorts, villas, motels, bungalows as well as self-catering apartments which you can rent. If you are looking for beach front lodging you will plenty of those too. You are not allowed to camping or park caravan here. There are accommodations on many Islands but you can get more contemporary and better places on islands like Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Atiu.

Some of the good places to stay in Rarotonga include Aremango Guesthouse, which is a beautiful place situated on the quiet end of the beautiful Muri lagoon area. Atupa Orchid Bungalows  is on the northern part of the island near the town Avarua. Aro'a Beachside Inn in Arorangi is a great place for people who want a romantic walk on the beach and sunset views.

Castaway Beach Villas is a self catering place in Arorangi which is reasonably priced and has a modern ambience.

Dotted over a large area on the ocean the small Cook Islands offers a dream vacation. It is a wonderful place for people wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily city life.  You will find ancient Polynesian culture with some of the most magnificent natural panorama in the South Pacific.

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