The Cook Islands are one of our favourite places. For such tiny islands there are many interesting things to do. Atiu is an off the beaten track island, where you’ll rarely find more than 10 tourists visiting at once.
Visiting the Rima Rau burial cave was a fascinating experience. We crawled through narrow tunnels to find the remains of the ancestors of the local Maori people. It wasn’t possible to visit it until recently and it felt like a real adventure.
Our exploration of tropical islands has taken us through Asia to Fiji, and remains in the South Pacific for some of the most stunning beaches we have ever seen. The Cook Islands is where we found the quintessential idea of paradise: snowy white beaches amidst the most jaw-droppingly beautiful turquoise lagoon. But as well as finding paradise we discovered some surprises: skull-filled burial caves, ancient jagged reef rising up to take over the jungle, and some of the most hospitable people on earth.
The Cook Islands are the place to come for absolutely stress-free South Pacific travel. Rarotonga the capital is the largest island, and although it’s home to the country’s largest town (more like a village really), the international airport (where the departures lounge is al fresco) and many upmarket resorts, it is delightfully laid-back.