The Cook Islands is full of natural beauty and fresh foods. If you are planning a world trip, never forget about this heaven of nature.
Take my greetings from Cook Islands. I am Maria Costello, a local cuisine owner here at the Cook Islands.
For making a successful trip to cook island you need to know something which are important for you. And as you know, a leaned traveller is always the best guide.
Though Cook Island is a remote place, it is not so separated from the world. Whereever you live, you can make your trip to Cook Islands. Contact your local airlines or tour agents as your preference.
How to comeFor travelling out of your own country, there is always an issue of passport and visa. Make them ready for avoiding mess. Though this will help you to have a safe journey to anywhere in the world.
After reaching the Rarotonga International Airport, you will need a plan. A tour is always enjoyable to such a beautiful place, but with a touch of strategy you can make it more intricate and enjoyable.
The Most Amazing PlacesRarotonga and Aitutaki are the places which have the most tourist attractions. The friendly capital, Avarua is our commercial and cultural center.
Aitutaki is the second most visited place in the Cook Islands. You can do fishing, beachcombing, kayaking, snorkeling and swimming in Aitutaki. The local people are very friendly and they will always welcome you with a pretty warm smile.
Tapuaetai can be your next destination, which the travellers call one-foot island. You can bask on its amazing white sands, wade and snorkel in the turquoise lagoon.
Next you should pay a visit to one of the most popular and picturesque beaches, Muri Beach. The water there is crystal clean. You will be able to sea many aquamarine species and tropical fishes through the water.
For finding an ancient Christian church you can go to the Titikaveka Beach.
For exploring Rarotonga’s lush scenery, you can visit to The Cross Island walk.
To watch the sun sinking in the sea, the name of your spot is Arorangi.
If you are fond of books and history, pay a visit to Avarua where you will find The Cook Islands Library and Museum Society. There is also a market named Punanga Nuyi Outdoor Market on the waterfront. On the south of Avarua, you will find the Perfume Factory.
You cannot miss the awesome cuisine here. You will get the chance of tasting amazing local foods in the Cook Islands. Popular and traditional dishes include Rori, Ika, Rukau, and Umukai. There are some famous drinks. Bush Beer, Cooks Lager Brewery and Matutu Brewing Company are the famous ones. Find them if you are over 18.
There are some famous restaurants where you can have your meal with comfort. They are very popular. Tamarind House Restaurant, Nautilius Resort Restaurant, Flammable and Sanctuary Restaurant are the popular restaurants here.
You will find adventures, anglers, pearl farmers and real life Robinson Crusoes here. If you are looking for adventurous comfort the Cook Islands should be in the top of your list.
The Cook Islands, among the most beautiful of all the Polynesian Islands, is a place of relaxation. We all know why relaxation is so important. All of us have to go through a bunch of stressful things like environmental stress or personal or organizational stress. Stress in small amounts is okay – it pushes or motivates us to do our work but when it starts to rise and affects everyday life, it’s time to take some steps to get it under control. Relaxation helps to manage stress levels.
Spa at Muri Beach
The Beauty & Spa at Muri Beach Club Hotel can make you relax with a soothing massage, cleansing facial, nourishing body wrap or blissful manicure/pedicure. It offers romantic couple massage, or group massage or any one book simply for oneself to be truly relaxed.
In Muri beach club hotel you will find different packages on different dates. On Monday you will get 10% off for any treatment. On Tuesday you need to book an island Wrap and you will be able to receive a free facial. On Wednesday you can go for a 60 min package named Tiare Maori for $92. Half hour massage with half hour deluxe pedicure for $100 will be available on Thursday. On Friday you can easily get an express manicure or pedicure for only $25. On Saturday you will get 60 minute message with special facility for $90. There will be a free glass of bubbles with every treatment on Sunday.
Perfumes from Rarotonga
At the time of visiting Rarotonga you will find handmade perfumes, natural coconut oils and coconut oil soaps available in the local market here. We have a perfume factory in Rarotonga. You can pay a visit to the factory and buy some from there. They will also offer body care products including lotions for hand and body, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. The factory is near Rarotonga international airport.
Skin Care from Te Tika
You will be able to get skin care at the time of visiting Te Tika. In Te Tika local people regenerate medicines. They use traditional methods which are scientifically proven. You will find locally made face wash and polish gel, hand cream, cleansing lotion and many more to take care of your skin.
Pharmacy of Cook Islands
Who doesn’t need a bunch of medicine during such an adventurous tour? Living near a pharmacy is the safest option you can take thinking about your sensitive health. The Cook Islands Pharmacy has two outlets. You will find one in downtown Avarua behind the Empire Theatre and the other is established at Muri Beach. You can get retail cosmetics; toiletries, herbal remedies and most importantly fill your prescription. Are you thinking about quality? They will provide you internationally certified and qualified medical stuffs.
During an adventurous tour everyone expects a touch of relaxed, luxurious, safe, and beautiful moments. The Cook Islands has arranged all this for you to fulfil your expectation.
Welcome to the Cook Islands
Greetings from the Cook Islands. I am Maria. I have been living on this island for a long time now. I have my own restaurant here. Today I’m going to talk about this extravagant place of ours. Because you know what, I want to share all the fun and experience that I have enjoyed living on this island. I think I should give the chance to people to know about this little heaven on earth.
Cook Islands; introduction
The Cook Islands is established in the South Pacific Ocean. It is a self-governing island country which is now in a free association with New Zealand. Cooke Islanders are the citizens of New Zealand. New Zealand offers both country nationality and Cook Islands Nationals only to Cook Islanders.
The main population of the Islands lives in the island of Rarotonga. There is an international airport in the island of Rarotonga.
The local Cook Islanders are from ethnic Maori descent. There are almost 58000 people, who are native islanders, according to 2006 census.
The Cook Islands are in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand. It is between French Polynesia and American Samoa. The islands are divided into two distinct groups. One is Southern Cook Islands and the other is Northern Cook Islands. In 2200000 square kilometer of Ocean, there are 15 major islands. The islands were formed by volcanic activity. There are also two reefs on the islands.
The Cook Islanders practice democracy and have a parliamentary system in an association with New Zealand. We have an independent judiciary system of the executive and the legislature.
Tourism is our main economic resource. We are affected by geography. We do not have availability of foreign markets. Our infrastructure is in some way inadequate. Natural disasters are our regular companion and biggest barrier for economic development.
We use many languages here. English is our main language. We also use Cook Islands Maori or Rarotonagan and Pukapukan. We consider English and Cook Islands Maori as our official language.
We have a large variation of Music. Christian songs are quite popular. We have our own traditional dancing and songs in Polynesian languages which are very popular here.
Woodcarving is a very famous art form in the Cook Islands. However, we are giving continuous efforts to increase the interest of young generation in our heritage.
Basketware, hats and traditional weaving of mats are produced by the outer islands. These products are of very high quality.
We are doing a moderated form of art here, basically handmade island scenery patchwork. It was first introduced by the wives of missionaries in the 19th century. The craft has grown into a communal activity. This form of art is known as tivaevae. Communal activity has made this popular.
You will certainly receive a warm welcome from the local islanders to this 240 square km area of nature’s paradise. Almost 100,000 tourists are travelling to the islands in every year. Why don’t you? So take the next opportunity to pay a visit here and experience the best in your life.