Reasons to Visit
the Cook Islands
The CICC is vitally important to most islanders for whom it has a profound influence on everything they do every day. Visitors are most welcome to attend a church service which take place on Sunday mornings and evenings and several mornings during the week. The service is in Maori but foreign visitors are made to feel very welcome as long as they dress smartly in long dresses and trousers.
Cook Islanders consider themselves true Polynesians and are very proud of their Maori and Maohi heritage. However, equal importance needs to be given to the influence of Christian missionaries on this society. Today, an unusual yet harmonious blend of Christianity and ancient pagan traditions exists in the Cooks and is a wonderful example of how two vastly different beliefs can coexist peacefully.
The stunning flora of the Cooks is celebrated in all its glory in December. Parades of beautifully decorated floats cram the streeets, and there are prizes for the most impressively decorated government buildings.
The best dive sites in this tropical paradise are found off the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki with plenty of scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities available both inside and outside the reef. Surrounded by beautiful lagoons, both Rarotonga and Aitutaki have a wealth of marine life to explore.
Cruises around Aitutaki and Rarotonga are the perfect way to spend a day as you explore and discover the many wonders that are found in the lagoons here. Most cruise operators usually include a swim, a barbecue lunch, a beach stroll and a snorkelling trip as part of your lagoon cruise, so that you take in the best that these islands have to offer.
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Even by South Pacific standards the Cook Islands are a haven of calm.
Visit two of the most laid back islands in the South Pacific - Rarotonga and Aitutaki - with plenty of time for relaxation throughout.
The largest and most populated island of the Cooks - though not, by any standards, crowded - is Rarotonga. Volcanic, it rises 4,500 metres from the ocean floor, and although you can drive around it in just half an hour it takes a great deal longer to cross the mountainous interior.
This beautiful atoll island, first settled by Melanesian sailors around 800BC, is a gently sloping island at the heart of a glorious ring of coral, enclosing a turquoise lagoon five times the island’s land size, fringed by a low-lying ribbon of islets.
Simply put, these precious islands are paradise. Even more relaxed than their neighbours, their volcanic peaks and perfect beaches are totally unspoiled.
16 Days from £2,825pp
27 3/4 hours (Rarotonga, via Los Angeles)
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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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