If you’ve visited the Cook Islands you certainly know that there are an endless list of reasons why you’d want to return. The Brisbane Times has recently printed an article listing Twenty Reasons to Visit the Cook Islands. Here are just 10 to whet your appetite for an unforgettable South Pacific holiday in this special spot:
1. Small Island, Big Smiles – Not only are Cook Island residents friendly and violent crime on the islands nearly non existent, but the main islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki are relatively small and thus remarkably easy to navigate on your own.
2. Great Value – The currency used in the Cook Islands is the New Zealand dollar, which based on current exchanges rates is favourable for Australians looking to for a South Pacific holiday here. Exchange rates aside, the Cook Islands offers some great deals on everything from food to shopping in comparison to other similarly beautiful vacation spots.
3. Market Appeal - The Punanga Nui Cultural Market on Saturday mornings is a shouldn’t miss for those visiting the main island of Rarotonga.
4. The Life Aquatic – If you love the beach then The Brisbane Times is here to tell you that the Cook Islands are the perfect spot for a vacation: “The islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki have some of the most picture-perfect white-sand beaches and tranquil swimming lagoons in the South Pacific, a region that knows a thing or two about iconic beaches. Scuba-dive or snorkel in the clear lagoons and come face-to-face with enormous turtles, colourful fish and unforgettable coral formations. The chest-high water is so clear you can see if your toenails need clipping.”
5. Polynesian History and Culture – Most Cook Island residents trace their history back to Tahiti’s Polynesians who settled the area around 1,400 years back. The history of the Cook Islands–from being a British protectorate to New Zealand rule and now independence–is rich, interesting, and will surely add to any South Pacific holiday in the area.
6. Friendly Faces - The newspaper is happy to report that the “warm face of modern Maori culture is on full display in the Cook Islands. Don’t be surprised to find yourself invited home for dinner with a local family or hearing local folklore from a grandmother selling pawpaw by the side of the road. For a more informal glimpse of the local traditions, have a beer with the locals on Friday and Saturday nights. Popular Avarua bars on Rarotonga include Whatever and Rehab. Cooks Lager is the local brew.”
7. The Food – As we recently reported, the Cook Islands is not only a paradise for beach lovers, but for foodies as well. Or, as The Brisbane Times describes it, “a small nation with big taste buds…eat your way around the markets and roadside stalls for a fix of home cooking and fresh fruit on the cheap, then scale it up with a memorable waterfront dinner at Tamarind House.” Another option suggested by the newspaper is the Progressive Dinner and Wine Tour.
8. Straight to Paradise - Flying into the Cook Islands from countries like Australia and New Zealand is relatively quick and painless, including six hour direct flights from Sydney. Not only does easy access make the most of your vacation time, but who wouldn’t want to get to their very own South Pacific idyll as quickly as possible?
9. Sunday Spirit – Attending church services during your South Pacific holiday in the Cook Islands is a special experience that will give you a real sense of what a vast majority of locals–reportedly more than 50%–do on their Sunday mornings. Tip: If it’s the first Sunday of the month then you’ll want to wear white.
10. Fishing Frenzy - If you’re a fishing aficionado then a South Pacific holiday to the Cook Islands is a perfect choice, especially in the Aitutaki lagoon.
You can check out The Brisbane Times article to find out the other reasons that round out their Top Twenty–including “island nights, luxe digs, and pearls.” Or, if you’re ready to start planning your South Pacific holiday to the Cook Islands, you can turn to BeautifulPacific.com for help including great tips and information, and amazing deals on all sorts of accommodation options!
What are your top reasons for visiting the Cook Islands? We’d love to know!