Cook Islands – A Holiday In Paradise! juni 23, 2022 – Posted in: Cook Islands, Travel – Tags: Attractions, Cook Islands, Holiday, Rarotonga, Vacations
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COOK ISLANDS – THE PARADISE ISLANDS OF POLYNESIA
Do you need inspiration for the next big holiday? Are you looking for the perfect place for a romantic honeymoon? Or would you just like to see something you have not experienced before? Then the Cook Islands are waiting for you!
WHY SHOULD YOU GO TO THE COOK ISLANDS?
“Welcome to Paradise”, says the Polynesian customs officer when you land on Rarotonga. It sounds like a cliché, but he’s right. Rarotonga is exactly the image most of us have of what it might look like in the Garden of Paradise. Cook Islands is such a beautiful place that it is hard to describe, even in pictures – it has to be experienced! In return, it’s easy to tell how the place makes you feel: Alive!
Rarotonga is not the usual charter tourist destination with hotels along the waterfront. On the unspoilt and authentic Pacific island, only two floors are built all around the island, and only so looks natural with the palm trees and flowers. Thailand may offer equally beautiful bounty beaches, but on Rarotonga there are no tourist hordes, street vendors and loud music. Only peace and quiet, interrupted by the ever roaring waves.
Cook Islands is a holiday destination for you who want unique experiences, but who still also like comfort, great restaurants and a cocktail at sunset. First and foremost, though, you have to choose the Cook Islands because of the Pacific Ocean, the beautiful scenery and the incredibly friendly islanders.
FACTS ABOUT THE COOK ISLANDS
The Cook Islands archipelago, located in Polynesia in the South Pacific, consists of 15 small islands. The largest of the islands, Rarotonga, is just over 67 km². The 14 other islands, the most popular of which is Aitutaki, can be reached by a short flight or boat ride from Rarotonga. In total, there are 17,500 people living on the islands and about 60,000 in New Zealand, to which the Cook Islands belong in a self-governing agreement.
The islands are named after Captain James Cook, who visited the islands in 1773 and 1777. Still, it was not he who discovered the archipelago. In the year 900 AD the islands were colonized, presumably by residents of Tahiti. On the 29-kilometer-long Ara Metua road , which runs from the National Museum down to Muri Beach, traces of the first Polynesian inhabitants have been found. In 1595 the first Spanish ship passed by, while in 1606 the Portuguese were the first to set foot on the island of Rakahanga, which they christened Gente Hermosa (Beautiful People).
And beautiful are they, the natives of the Cook Islands. The tall women with their long, black hair, adorned with an Ei, a colorful flower wreath. The men strong and proud – it is clear that the inhabitants for generations have had a rich life in nature.
HOW TO GET TO THE COOK ISLANDS
The Cook Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, and you can only get there by either flying over New Zealand or Los Angeles. From Rarotonga there is a fixed flight connection to the other small islands with propeller planes.
We booked the trip ourselves and took over Los Angeles. To find the best prices, it is a good idea to search for the individual flights, Your city – Los Angeles and then Los Angeles – Rarotonga.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE COOK ISLANDS?
Lots of money! Don’t choose Cook Islands for the price, as it is not a cheap tourist destination. In return, you will spend your holiday with other tourists who have wholeheartedly chosen the Cook Islands for the completely unique experience. The prices of bread, fruit and meat are high, but you are on an island where most come by ship or plane. Internet is also expensive: for 50 New Zealand dollars (€30) you get 3 GB of data. That’s enough to check your emails, but not for YouTube videos.
Otherwise, there are quite a few things that you will be happy to have packed in your suitcase. If you forget something, it can all also be bought on the island.
- Mosquito repellent, and preferably something that works! There are a lot of mosquitoes on the islands. If you have a stopover in Los Angeles, buy some of the strong stuff.
- Electrical adapter with converter for Australian plugs.
- Bathing shoes – the beaches are filled with beautiful coral and rocks. On the other hand, many hours can be spent just looking at them.
- Sunscreen and hat. Toddlers should wear sun clothes. The UV index can easily reach over 10. Remember aftersun.
- Snorkel and goggles. There is a lot to see underwater and it is also recommended to pack an underwater camera.
- Good walking shoes. There is a lot to see on the island, and if you are going on one of the hikes up the mountains, it requires a pair of solid shoes. Sneakers are okay, but not with a worn sole.
WHAT TO BRING HOME FROM THE COOK ISLANDS?
Cook Island is famous for its beautiful black pearls. If you don’t have the money for pearl earrings, then there are also several places on the island to get a dress sewn. The women on the island are good at sewing, and you will find the most amazing fabric around the island.
At Punanga Nui Market you can buy a ukulele to take home or one of the scary masks. If you don’t have room in your hand luggage for an Ei, a flower wreath, one of the colorful hair flowers are also pretty.