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Spread across a large ocean expanse between New Zealand and Hawaii are the 15 tiny Cook Islands. With rainforests tumbling down to coral-fringed beaches, crystal-blue lagoons filled with tropical fish and high mountain scenery, nature is the big attraction. Swim in warm waters, sunbathe on powdery white sands, hike up forested mountains and watch migratory whales pass by.
Most visitors arrive on Rarotonga. The archipelago’s principal island is the only one with an international airport. Stay for a few days to enjoy its attractions. Go for a scenic drive along the 20-mile (32-kilometer) coastal road that encircles the island. Swim, fish, dive and snorkel in the blue lagoon that surrounds Rarotonga. Hike up Raemaru, the flat-top mountain on the west side of the island.
Travel to some of the other Cook Islands by using the inter-island air services. There are no scheduled ferry services between the inhabited islands. There are inter-island cargo ships, but the service is sporadic.
Take the 1-hour flight from Rarotonga to its nearest neighbor, Aitutaki, for plenty of watersports in its lagoon. Explore the ancient caves on Mangaia and dive among the corals off Palmerston Island. Nearby Atiu Island is home to numerous bird species including the blue kingfisher, brown booby and the rare kopeka. This is a perfect place to become a birdwatcher if you aren’t one already. While you are here, tour the Atiu Coffee Factory and its plantations.
The 850,000 square miles (2.2 million square kilometers) of ocean around the Cook Islands have been designated a whale sanctuary. From July to October, humpback whales pass the islands on their annual migratory route. Head out to sea on a whale-watching trip or stay on land to catch sight of the large marine mammals. They are often spotted from the shores of any of the islands.
The Cook Islands have a tropical climate that’s warm year-round. This beautiful setting attracts many honeymooners and other vacationers for its wildlife, scenery and tranquility.
The staff are amazing and incredibly friendly, we stayed in a room about 2 minutes from the amazing beach to swim and relax. The rooms could do with a little investment but i am just being a bit picky
We were lucky enough to be upgraded for our birthdays staying in the beach front in a VIP suite! Loved the location and the activities!! Had a wonderful relaxing holiday!!
Great accommodation, great location! Loved everything about this place
The most beautiful place we’ve ever seen. The staff was so friendly and welcoming and the resort was spotless. We will definitely be back for another trip! Highly recommend this resort!
The property was very good value for money. Comfy beds, lovely outlook and nice landscape. The hostess/owner is a friendly outgoing person who makes you feel at home and is very willing to help with any needs or concerns. We would definately return on another visit. Only slight negative was the quality ...
Beautiful place Beautiful people. Castaway is the one place will always return to. 4 times have been there to Paradise. Will be back