An island paradise is more than enough to satisfy all the ‘down time’ craving we may have but can you imagine multiplying that by fifteen? This is exactly what The Cook Islands have to offer. Scattered over an area of about 2 million square kilometres in the Pacific, these islands have thousands of years to tell in Polynesian history and culture. Beautiful white beaches, mountain peaks and dense forests are just part of the everyday scenery in the island.
A trip to the islands is quite affordable and on average, one would spend approximately $16.00 to $30.00 for a dorm or room and $42.00 to $100.00 for a hotel or bungalow. As to food, meals would only range from $4.00 to $13.00 locally and $21.00 to $25.00 for a more expensive meal in a fancy restaurant. Transportation-wise, taxis start their meters at $1.00 per mile and buses go for around $2.50.
The cluster of islands boosts a wide range of activities to do and places to visit. One of the world’s largest coral lagoons located in the island of Aitutaki is a great cruising destination that will fascinate anyone. Huge clams and colourful tropical fish fill the waters of the isolated isles of the island.
First time divers or newbies will love the spots that the islands have for Scuba Diving because they are located close to the shore where the currents aren’t so strong. Take yourself to a whole new world and discover the beauty of the world below.
Grasp the true culture and tradition of the islands with a visit to the Te Vara Nui Village which is a cultural centre that allows you to learn about the native population. Experience local customs such as the Ura Po and spend your night at an island show while eating local dishes.
The largest island-Rarotonga is also home to some of the popular hiking trails such as the Papua Waterfall and Raemaru Lookout which take a mere two hours to complete. For a little more physical excursion, go for the mountain treks that take you 413 meters above sea level and give you a great vantage point of the coast.
Biking, fishing, kayaking and swimming are other activities that you and your family can enjoy in this tropical paradise. So why settle for one island when you can have fifteen, all in the palm of your hand!?