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An October 2010 trip to Cook Islands by catsholiday

Quote: As part of our tour of the South Pacific we spent a week in the Cook islands. Most of our time on Raratonga but we did do a day trip to Aitutaki which was everything you imagine a South Pacific Island should be.

Kia Orana Raratonga, Cook Islands

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Where are these islands?The Cook Islands are a group of fifteen tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean, north-east of New Zealand. Although there are only fifteen islands and they are all quite tiny they are spread over 2.2 million square kilometres of ocean. The islands are divided into two groups: the Southern Cook Islands, and the Northern Cook Islands. We visited two of the Southern islands, Raratonga and Aitutaki and these are a good 45 minute flight apart from each other.Useful information for visitors: Visas aren't needed for a stay of up to31 days, only valid passports, proof of onward travel and booked accommodation.Time Zone: GMT/UTC -9Electricity: 240V ,50Hz a...Read More

Tiny capital city -Avarua

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Avarua, the capital city of Raratonga and the whole Cook Islands:Avarua has to one of the smallest capital cities I have visited but when you realize the entire population of the island is only 14,000 by comparison, Derby has a population 0f 220,000 it is not that surprising. The city had a few restaurants, shops, small supermarkets and two banks plus a tourist office but not a lot more.On Saturdays there is a great market called Punanganui which we spent about three hours wandering around. It sold everything from cloths, local food, fruit and vegetables as well as local crafts, pictures, fabrics and the famous South Sea Island black pearls . As well there were several ...Read More

Aitutaki Island

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Attraction | "A real Treasure Island"

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Aitutaki is the second largest of the fifteen Cook islands after Raratonga which is the largest. This magical little island is named by Steve Davey in his book "Unforgettable Places to See Before you Die" so we thought we must see this! We pre-booked this trip before we left the UK with our agents Allways Pacific. I believe we paid about £250 per person but this did include the return flight from Raratonga to Aitutaki which was about 45 minutes each way. It is rather obvious that the Cook Islands are named after Captain Cook who landed there in 1770 but strangely the name was actually given by the Russians, in honour of the great English navigator! This tiny island of Aitutaki has a population of just...Read More

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Aitutaki Island

Aitutaki, Southern Cook Islands

Right On The Beach Restaurant & Bar

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Restaurant | "'Right on the Beach' Restaurant"

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This lovely restaurant and bar is 'Right on the Beach' and is part of the Manuia Beach Hotel.We had left Tahiti very early with no breakfast and all were given out our Air Tahiti flight was a cup of tea and a glass of water so by the time we arrived here we were starving so we left our unpacking and went in search of something to eat. The restaurant was called ‘Right on the Beach’ and indeed it was right on the beach with sand as the floor. The roof was metal and again but covered in decorative coconut leaves, the wall were only to table height and then it was open with plastic blinds that were lowered when the weather made it necessary. It was absolutely lovely, homely ...Read More

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Right On The Beach Restaurant & Bar
Manuia Beach Boutique Hotel
Cook Islands
(682) 22461

Manuia Beach Boutique Hotel

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Hotel | "Our Beach pad"

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MANUIA BEACH BOUTIQUE HOTELWe stayed 5 nights in this rather charming little hotel and it cost us £69 per person per night including a tropical breakfast.We were met at the airport and given a lovely lei each then taken to the hotel which was only about 10 minutes from the airport in Raratonga, Cook Islands. When we turned into the driveway I was a bit surprised as we seemed to be heading towards a rather scruffy looking hut which had a board outside advertising motor scooter rentals. As the previous hotels we had stayed at were all rather up market I was a little hesitant. We got out of the mini bus and were pointed towards the scruffy hut with advertising for scooter hire as ...Read More

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Manuia Beach Boutique Hotel
Rarotonga
Cook Islands, South Pacific
(682) 22461