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Stories and Tips Cook Islands


Written by ricardo on 01 Jul, 2000

The reefs on Aitutaki and Rarotonga have been so decimated by overuse that Rarotonga now has raui (protected) areas in parts of the lagoon where fishing and harvesting are forbidden. After only five years the life in these areas has begun to return as the…Read More

What To Do, What To Do

Written by ricardo on 01 Jul, 2000

As do many tiny countries, the Cook Islands derive a substantial chunk of their national income from the sale of stamps and coins. So the Philatelic/Numismatic Center in town (Avarua) is the place to stop if you’re a stamp or coin collector. I’m only a…Read More

Rarotonga Overview

Written by ricardo on 01 Jul, 2000

Rarotonga, the most populous of the Cook Islands, is an extinct volcano in the middle of the Pacific. It peaks in the center, slopes steeply downward to the beach, is covered with tropical forest, and is surrounded by a lagoon of shallow water circumscribed by…Read More

Rarotonga, main island

Written by Sarah M on 13 Aug, 2003

Rarotonga is by far, the most visited of the Cook Islands since it is where all international flights arrive, and access to other islands is easiest by seaplane. Although this has not seemed to spoil the landscape, white beaches or crystal clear water of…Read More

Cook Islands Catholic Church, Arorangi Branch

Written by TRAVELPRO guide on 07 Jul, 2001

If you find yourself in Rarotonga on a Sunday, be sure and attend a church service. We attended a Mass at this small Catholic Church. The bishop of the Cook Islands was our celebrant. The parishioners sang beautiful hymns and extended a most friendly…Read More

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