Cook Islands Off The Beaten Path

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    by Jessicaoff07
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  • Off The Beaten Path
    by emmicat

Cook Islands Off The Beaten Path

  • Yes visit Suvarow!

    Ever wanted to go to one of the most remote places in the world? Visit the island Suvarow in the northern group of the Cook Islands. Sense the feeling off living without time, only one family lives on this island and that is to look after the reef, which is a marine reserve. The lagoon has different types of rays including the manta ray, many reef...

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  • In Aitutaki: Hike Moungou Po

    Moungou Po is the highest peak in Aitutaki and can be a bit of a hike, especially when wearing flip flops! But there's a GREAT view of the lagoon from the top. Don't forget the repellent! There's a little dirt road a little past the Paradise Inn (i believe is the name) on the right when heading towards the airport. Take that up to where it ends...

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  • Aitutaki is a slice of paradise

    The island is the quintessential picture of paradise. Endless turquoise lagoon dotted with uninhabited islands, white sand beaches and palm tree coveried islands. It is less expensive and less croweded than Tahiti with all the beauty. There are some nice resorts like the Aitutaki pacific resort and the Tamanu resort and then there are lots of beach...

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  • Hibiscus

    There's a woman who lives on the back road behind Avarua who grows the most amazing hibiscus. She cross-pollinates and creates hundreds of different variety of blooms - she even grafts different types of blooms onto one tree. She has thousands of plants and is now going to start growing/experimenting with orchids. I'm looking forward to going back...

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  • Rarotongan ghost resort.

    On the south coast of Rarotonga is a ghost resort. It is a sad blot on the landscape of Rarotonga. The uncompleted Sheraton Resort was financed by the Cook Islands government to the tune of about $100 million. Of course, no doubt due to corruption and poor planning, the government bungled the whole thing and the Sheraton pulled out - leaving the...

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  • The Arutanga Church.

    Arutanga is the sleepy administrative centre on Aitutaki. The oldest church in the Cook Islands is also located there. The Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) in Arutanga is built of whitewashed coral and was finished in 1828. It is a picturesque old building and you are welcome to go inside and have a look.

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  • Climb Maungapu on Aitutaki.

    Maungapu is the highest hill on Aitutaki. It is 124m high. From the summit you get a good view down the chain of islands on the eastern edge of the turquoise Aitutaki lagoon. Climb the hill in the late afternoon, as it is too hot in the day!The track to the hill is signposted (the sign is on the opposite side of the road to the track) and a sealed...

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  • The Most Romantic Island

    Aitutaki is a side trip you won't regret. The island is barely more than a rim around a huge shallow lagoon, with islets (motus) of sugar sand & swaying palm trees. I've been told by some of the most experienced South Pacific travelers I know that this island is the most romantic of all. While there, you can stay in a thatched bure over the water,...

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  • Maungapu Hill, Aitutaki

    Maungapu is the highest point on Aitutaki with 124m. From top of it you have great views over the lagoon and the motus.According to the legend this little mountain was stolen from Rarotonga, chopped of Raemaru mountain which has a flat top now.

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  • visit the veterinary volenteer group

    Volenteer at the vet clinic. there is always something to do and its a great way to meet the locals. there is not always a vet there-they fly in to volenteer from various places- but street dogs always need care.

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  • Well, it's really along the main road,...

    ...just wanted to emphasize, you are on a beautiful tropical island, for heavens sake, so RELAX! Take time to notice all the delightfully quirky little details that make this such a wonderful place - like One Way Jesus.

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  • A Wild Ride With A Native Guide

    Try the Raro Safari 4x4 Tour of the island (see travelogue for more details). It was a lot of fun, and an easy way to see the interior of the island. The guides are Rarotongan Maoris, all of whom seem to have a great wry sense of humor that keeps you rolling.

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  • Rent a car and drive the back country

    On several occassions we took our rental car and headed down back roads to see how the locals lived. This was a great experience. You saw huge Black Pearl Farmer plantations and homes of the general public.

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  • Rarotonga Steam Railway - A...

    Rarotonga Steam Railway - A tiny, tiny island in the middle of the Pacific, and it has a steam train! It's a lovely walk past fields full of crops, and into Tim Arnold's tropical garden to discover something that will delight any train-lover. Tim has lovingly restored this Polish steam train, and hopes to lay track to enable the train to take short...

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  • there are a few things to do...

    there are a few things to do off the beaten track, one of them is DON'T RENT A CAR, as the island of Rarotonga is small, you can cycle it in two hours.There are also some drives to look out points, but don't bother, walk there instead ( or drive if due things you can't walk, but otherwise walk) it is healthier for you and the environment. You can...

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  • A good place to see is...

    A good place to see is Wigmore's water falls. This beautiful freshwater water falls is located at the south end of the Island. Take the road that is beside the Vaimaanga Hotel (this hotel was 90% completed about 8 years ago and was abandoned by the insurance company who suspected the project was funded with drug money) and follow the road which...

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  • Buy some chutney at Fruits of...

    Buy some chutney at Fruits of Rarotonga-you'll find the roadside stall/coffee shop along the main road circling the island. Across the street is a nice beach for snorkling. You can leave your stuff at Fruits of Rarotonga while at the beach. The owners have an outside shower and WC. You can take a rest in their back yard.Don't sit under a cocnut...

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  • i didnt do it this time around...

    i didnt do it this time around but going to the Northern group of islands would be a dream and certainly off the beaten path!! if you have the time and money (most peoples downfall!)...get up there and experience the real Cook Islands!!Picture : Road on Atiu

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Cook Islands Hotels

  • Manuia Beach Boutique Hotel

    PO Box 700, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Etu Moana

    This place is amazing! The service is top notch. The resort is very nice. We were greeted by...

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  • Sea Change Villas

    Main Road, Rarotonga, Titikaveka, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Ara Moana Bungalows Hotel

    Ivirua, Mangaia, CK

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Raina Lagoon Villas

    Po Box 72, Avarua, 682, CK

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Pacific Resort Aitutaki

    Amuri , PO Box 90, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Palm Grove

    We went to Raro in Dec 2013, we were there for 7 nights, beachfront bulgolows were AWESOME and...

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  • Samade on the Beach

    PO Box 75, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Makayla Palms

    Titikaveka, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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