Cook Islands’ namesake is indeed Captain Cook, who came to this pristine set of 15 islets in 1773. Halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, Cook Islands is a Polynesian paradise proud of its heritage, its values, and the responsibility to protect its natural resources with “a sacred purpose.” Exquisite snorkeling and water sports abound, with most just a few steps off the beach. Local fare is the backbone of its cuisine, with flying fish a favorite on the breakfast table. Caving in the jungle, making the Cross Island trek on Rarotonga, or a sailing adventure to Aitutaki are not to be missed. Kia Orana!
Cooking, Camping/Glamping, Boating, Scuba/Snorkel, Music
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