Cook Islands, South Pacific Ocean
The Cook Islands are a warm tropical paradise in the heart of the South Pacific. They are made of 15 islands scattered over a vast area. The largest island, Rarotonga, is home to rugged mountains and vivid blue lagoons. Rarotonga island is very modern though has a robust culture, firmly anchored by traditional Polynesian values and history.
Here you can taste locally grown organic coffee and artisan food consisting of fresh-caught fish. You won’t be able to choose between the different outdoors activities, from lagoon cruises and cultural visits to fishing and hiking.
Avarua is the national capital where you can shop and enjoy local culture. To the north, Aitutaki Island features a vast lagoon encircled by coral reefs and small, sandy islets, perfect to snorkel and scuba-dive. The sublime lagoon of “Aitutaki” must be on your travel bucket list. It’s one of the Pacific’s jewels surrounded by tiny deserted islands.
The Cook Islands are also home to magical underground limestone caves where you can swim in warm waters. The islands of Mauke and Mitiaro probably boast the best caves. In Mauke, ‘Vai Tango’ is perhaps the most easily accessible freshwater cave, with a deep clear pool under overhanging stalactites whilst ‘Vai Nauri’ in Mitiaro is a deep clear lake reputed to have healing powers.