The Cook Islands is fifteen dots of land spread over 2 million square kilometers of Pacific Ocean. They are remote, accessible, modern and traditional all at the same time. The islands have a very strong café culture, an organic food scene along with a few bars and clubs. But if you look beyond all the tourist buzz and contemporary style, what you will see is a robust culture rooted in Polynesian values and history. Visit one of the traditional bush-beer drinking clubs locally known as Atiuan Tumunu and enjoy a home brew, explore the raised coral cliffs and taro fields of Mangaia and swim in the cave pools of Mitiaro and Mauke all these are just a few of the activities that you can take part in when in the Cook Islands.
The largest of the Cook Islands is Rarotonga, it has a coastal road that is 32 kilometers in length and is known as the Ara Tapu or Sacred Road. Another road located inland was constructed in the 11th century and is known as Ara Metua or Ancient Road. The road takes you through farmland, taro plantations and rambling homesteads. The rugged interior of the island can only be crossed by foot. One of the most beautiful parts of it lagoon is Muri, the water here is full of tropical fish and is perfect for swimming. For an arts and crafts experience on the island head over to the workshop of Rarotonga’s most renowned sculptor Mike Tavioni. The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre is also an essential stop if you plan on going whale watching.
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