Things to do in Cook Islands
Aitutaki - admire colourful fish while snorkelling & diving in Aitutaki Lagoon
The waters in the Aitutaki Lagoon are clear and full of fish life and corals, and are part of an ancient crater, of a volcano. Snorkelling off the main island is very popular due to the shallow nature of the water, being only around 1.5m deep. Further off the island are sensationally clear waters where both small coral fish and large ocean going fish such as rays and sharks can be found, which are a favourite of divers.
Rarotonga - visit Parliament Building
There are not many places in the world where you can sit within 3m of a Prime Minister but the Parliament building in Rarotonga is one of them, but only when parliament is in session. At the times when the parliament is not sitting the Sergeant at Arms can give a tour of the building which was only completed in 1974 and also houses the various departments of the government and its ministers.
Introduction to Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are often referred to as Hawaii down under, due to their positioning and world class scenery. It is a self governing democracy in Polynesia, which sits within the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is made up of 15 beautiful islands, many of which are undeveloped. Cook Islands hotels are, therefore, scattered about, but can be found in all of the main resorts. Those looking for Cook Islands hotels will find that most of the islands towards the edges turn their electricity off overnight, so be sure to bring a torch and extra batteries if you are staying in a hotel here. Rarotonga probably has the most choice when it comes to Cook Islands hotels, as there is everything here from backpacker dorms to classy villas. There are also some particularly large complexes that offer all inclusive deals, though these are often booked up with family groups. Hotels can be booked near the lagoon or any of the beaches, where you can partake in some jaw dropping snorkelling. Rates for individual resorts can be found on their websites.