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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit The Cook Islands

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Maybe you have heard of the small island nation known as the Cook Islands through one of our previous blog posts or seen it on a reality television show, or perhaps the Cook Islands are somewhere you have never even heard of until now. Regardless of where you sit on the spectrum, the Cook Islands are a destination you should familiarize with and add to your bucket list of "Places To See" because the Cooks are a destination not to be missed. These remote coral fringed islands are filled with natural beauty, private bungalow resorts, friendly locals, and a proud culture steeped in history. Did we also mention that the Cook Islands are incredibly uncrowded compared to other neighboring Polynesian islands? In case the beautiful photos on our website are not enough to make you want to pack your bags tonight, here are 5 reasons why you should travel to the Cook Islands right now.

1.Hidden Gem

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For some reason, The Cook Islands have been able to remain under the radar of most travelers allowing these alluring islands to stay pristine and unspoiled by hordes of camera happy tourists.


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The islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki (Where the majority of travelers visit) offer some of the best location for water sports including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. Both islands are surrounded by coral reef, creating tranquil warm lagoons with crystal clear waters. Rarotonga and Aitutaki's protected lagoons are also perfect for travelers who are not fond of swimming in the ocean with, um shall we say "bigger fish".

3.Good Value

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The New Zealand Dollar is almost half of the US Dollar value. These are the lowest exchange rates that we have seen in years. You can get 1.00 New Zealand Dollar for .63 US cents plus Air New Zealand Flights are currently on sale for $945 from Los Angeles.

4. Always Summer

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While the temperatures cool and snow starts to fly in the Northern hemisphere, the sunshine soaks the Pacific islands and summer makes an appearance in The Cooks and New Zealand making our winter the perfect time to escape to both destinations. The Cook's are a direct 4 hour flight from Auckland New Zealand. Many travelers choose to combine the destinations for a longer more diverse itinerary.

5. Culture

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Polynesian ancestors from Tahiti navigated their vaka's by stars across the Pacific discovering the island of Rarotonga around 600 AD. Tribes settled there building villages embracing their deep rooted Tahitian culture while transforming into a micro-culture of their own. Today, there are many opportunities for you  to learn about the history of the Cook Islands. Between The Te Vara Nui Village, Pa's Medicine Man Treks, and the Aitutaki Punarei Cultural Tour, you will get your fill of Polynesian history and living culture.

When you are ready to book your getaway to the Cook Islands we'd love to help you find the perfect resort at the best value!

Linda  Gutekunst
Linda Gutekunst

An avid Scuba Diver and photographer since 1982, Linda has traveled the world extensively; however, her true love is the extraordinary South Pacific. Linda is founder of South Seas Adventures, where she specializes in all types of travel to the South Pacific region including Fiji, Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and others. Linda is a certified Aussie specialist, certified New Zealand PAL agent and a Tahiti Tiara specialist. Fiji’s friendly islands are Linda’s very favorite destination where she has traveled countless times. So if your travels call for the adventurous side of you, Linda can definitely speak your language.

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