Saturday, February 18, 2017

Travel to Cook Island

Cook Islands: the Great South Pacific Escape


Rarotonga is the entry door, once a pyramid Almighty volcanic which has since worn ridges razorback with lush green foliage.  Like the other islands of the group, white sandy beaches of Rarotonga of sand as fine as powder spread in to clear blue lagoons around the Islands.

The capital of Rarotonga is Avarua, with many shops offering a wide range of goods and souvenirs.  One of the best memories that I found was the Black Pearl of the islands of the North of Manihiki and Penrhyn.  Saturday Punanga Nui Marketplace is animated and colorful with stalls selling souvenirs, food and clothing.  It is a great place to get a forant (sarong) and handmade Pearl Jewelry.

With turquoise lagoons and dressing of the ocean island, there are a multitude of activities to fill your days.  Swim or snorkel in the lagoon, go kayaking, fishing or maybe to see the reef from a background of glass 'underwater '.   Or maybe fill your days lazing on the beach and enjoy the perfect weather.

After a day on the water or relax, enjoy a good meal in one of the many restaurants that specialize in Fusion Cooking Cook Islands; a combination of flavors European and Polynesian.  Buffet dinners come with dance performances that are a must for any visitor. Umukai (Polynesian Festival), is cooked in an underground oven and usually consists of chicken, pork, fish and vegetables. For breakfast, wake up with local produce including delicious ripe paw paws, delicious mango, coconut, pineapple and Carom.


The entire island of Rarotonga is only 19,88 miles in circumference, making move easily.  There are only 2 main roads on Rarotonga - you can surround the island on the coast asphalt road Ara Tapu, through villages and beaches, or you can take the oldest inland road, which winds through fields of local farms.  The motor scooter is a popular, fun to see the sights.  Bicycles, cars and jeeps are also available for rental.  The 'Cook Island Bus' service offers a convenient and low cost of transportation, operating regular scheduled around the island in both directions.

Aitutaki Lagoon

Located one hour north by plane, Aitutaki is the Pearl of the Pacific. Aitutaki is the 5th most of the Islands Cook Islands 15, but he only just 7 square miles and hosts approximately 2,000 inhabitants of the Cook Islands.

The highlight of Aitutaki's spectacular turquoise lagoon and white sandy beaches sparkling. Rest and relaxation is the key on Aitutaki. Snorkeling, diving, kayaking or swimming the delightfully colorful lagoon and its many small islands of motus dazzling white sand.  Other popular entertainments are kite surfing, bonefishing or lagoon cruises and get your passport stamped on One Foot Island. A day spent hopping of the motus pure white sprinkled around the lagoon is one of the great memories of life.

There is no public transport on Aitutaki.  You can either use a taxi to get around, walk or rent a car, scooter or bike.

The Cook Islands unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar, supplemented by notes and coins minted for local use.  The appreciation of the U.S. Dollar has made a trip to the Cook Islands very affordable.


Air New Zealand offers direct services from Los Angeles to Rarotonga once a week, Sunday, return every Saturday.  Flight times to 5 night or a stay of 12 nights using direct services.  Furthermore, the Cook Islands are an idea on the way stop to the Australia or the New Zealand.