The Cook Islands is a free democratic country in the South Pacific, in free association with New Zealand. It is composed of 15 small islands covering a land territory of 240 square km and a total of 1,800,000 Square km of total ocean area.
Map Showing the location of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific
Half way between Hawaii and New Zealand
The 15 islands and two atolls lie about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Despite the size of the area that can be compared to India or Western Europe, the population is a mere 20,000 inhabitants.
They are of Maori descent and hold New Zealand citizenship with a special status as Cooks Islands nationals. All defense and foreign affairs matters are dealt by New Zealand in consultation with the island’s authorities.
Cook Island feature white sands and crystal-clear water
A Paradise in the South Pacific
The islands, sometimes called a paradise in the South Pacific are not yet discovered by mass tourism, although more than 100,000 tourists visit the islands yearly. The South Pacific beaches are still unspoiled and the beauty is rare and idyllic. They are grouped into southern and northern islands.
The Cooks Islands capital Avarua, on the Island of Rarotonga, is a thriving town with restaurants, hotels, banking facilities and where the International Airport is located. Here the visitor will find first class resorts and beautiful beaches some of them reef protected for a great snorkeling adventure.
The Island of Rarotonga is one of the Cooks Islands
The Island of Aitutaki one of the Cooks
The other group of South Cooks Islands
Pukapuka is a coral atoll on the northern Islands
Northern Cook Islands
The beaches of Suwarrow one of the Cooks
The two Atolls
Te Manga is the highest point on the Islands
These Polynesian Islands offer great opportunities for Scuba Diving due to an array of coral reefs surrounding all the islands. You will find many diving stands in many of the islands ready to guide you on a real scuba diving experience.
Mainly in Rarotonga and Aitutaki you may visit historic centers that will show you around and learn about the Polynesian heritage of the islands and haw they were discovered by Europeans around the 1600’s.
The flag of the Cook Islands
It is based on the traditional design for former British colonies in the Pacific region. It is a blue ensign containing the Union Flag in the upper left, and on the right, fifteen stars in a ring.
aitutaki by julius silver
pukapuka by nasa
suwarrow by suwarrow
te manga by glenig
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