Cook Islands Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by easterntrekker
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by easterntrekker
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by easterntrekker

Cook Islands Warnings and Dangers

  • Ciguatera

    Ciguatera fish poisoning is endemic wherever coral reef fishes are a food source. There is a warning posted on Muri beach describing the condition.and there have been reported cases every year .The toxin is not affected by either cooking or freezing, and the affected fish, cooked or raw, is not tainted by bacteria in any way.Symptoms include...

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  • Dangerous Fish Poisoning - Ciguatera

    This is something we really *WISH* we had known before going to the Cook Islands. Ciguatera, a type of fish poisoning, is epidemic there. It is carried by coral fish (originating from algae). You do not find coral fish in restaurants for this reason. Deep water fish are supposed to be safe, but our neighbour caught a Trivalli fish – which eats the...

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  • Dont forget your tickets

    We flew in to Rarotonga for our wedding,after staying with my brother in Auckland.After a fantastic week we arrived at the airport to be asked for our return tickets to the UK,We explained that the tickets where back in Auckland.WHOOPS!!!!Make sure you take all documents when you do a sideways trip otherwise its a big big hole in your credit...

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  • Have a reservation

    When we were flying from New Zealand we had to show proof of our hotel reservation for the Cook Islands before they could give us a boarding pass! I guess they had problems with people camping out on the beach. I was happy I actually had the written confirmation with me.

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  • Watch your head

    No one wears a helmet when driving a motor bike . It's alarming to see the tourists ...many who have never driven a bike before and driving on the left side ....for the first time...feeling secure to whiz along on a bike with no helmet... We saw a couple of spills that looked pretty bad....might be better to take a bus!

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  • Take care when snorkeling

    Make sure you wear reef shoes when walking on the beach or even snorkeling ( if you don't have fins) . The coral is so sharp!! The water in the lagoon is quite shallow so you end up standing up lots . We found the reef shoes helped alot!

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  • Take a break on Sundays!

    Don't plan to do much on Sundays in the Cook Islands. Just about everything closes down on this day. On Rarotonga there are a few local stores that open in the afternoon. Finding a restaurant that's open on a Sunday night on Aitutaki is difficult and all the shops are shut all day.

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  • Beer, No street lights, and a pig

    I think it was Atututaki, and a dark night...a few to many beers. I started walling back to my hotel, but being late (and no street lights) there were no lights. I just kept walking, I must of walked around the island twice before I realized that I that I kept walk by my place. Any way, I woke up on the beach, under a tree with a pig (but I woun't...

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  • Scooters

    Scooters are the most common transportation in the Islands, and it's fun. I would only caution to watch out for the Raro dogs that may step out into the road and not drive late at night. Reading the Cook Island News over the past year, there has been a fair amount of drunk driving accidents. If out at night be alert and cautious.

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  • Cyclones

    My visit to the Cooks started with three days of constant rain and strong winds.... But I was lucky, cyclone "Heta" just caused minor damage on Rarotonga (it devastated the island of Niue though). -January 2004Cyclone season is from November to March. For more info on tropical storms, have a look at the website below.

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  • Stonefish in Aitutaki Lagoon

    There are quite some very venomous stonefish in Aitutaki lagoon near the Pacific Resort. Watch your steps and wear reef shoes! For more info on stonefish have a look at the following website.

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  • Tropical Storm Warning!

    The sudden violence of a tropical storm is something that amazes me with its power & intensity. But be aware that the roads can quickly become rivers. If you are out on your scooter, best to just pull over, no matter how drenched you get, and wait it out. After all, it's not as if you will get very cold when wet, it's still 70-80 degrees...

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  • Water pollution in the lagoon near...

    While I was on Rarotonga there was a problem with the water quality in the lagoon near Titikaveka. Apparently some contaminated soil got washed into the lagoon and caused skin irritations.Ask locals before going for a swim there.

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  • For Us North Americans

    That darned roundabout in Avarua about killed me on the scooter! Remember, you'll be driving on the left, and the moment you relax and think you're getting the hang of it, that's when you are in the most danger of screwing up. Also, don't be in a hurry. Tourists on scooters wipe out all the time, especially Americans & Canadians, since we're used...

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  • The only warning is: make a...

    The only warning is: make a reservation before you go there, oh and watch the sea snakes.'well there is another warning, but it goes like this: RESPECT the reef, don't destroy it

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  • DRIVING: Driving is on the...

    DRIVING: Driving is on the left hand side of the road. This may be difficult to someone who is used to driving on the right side. There are no traffic lights, no stop signs. Watch out for' wild' dogs they can jump in front of you, While I was there, a older couple from Australia were sevelry injured when they swerved to avoid hitting 3 dogs. They...

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  • I want to tell you something...

    I want to tell you something good that happened. On the bus, my friendaccidently left a painting he had purchased. He reported it and about an hour later he got it back (as soon as the bus came around again.There is very little crime in Rarotonga.

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  • The only danger i can think of...

    The only danger i can think of is that you will love this place so much that you will not want to leave and in fact you probably wont leave and you'll cause an international search for your safety when all along you'll be sitting there on the beach with a cocktail and a suntan!....shame!A word of warning about Internet - things may have changed...

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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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