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Cook Islands Rarotonga, the paradise island of your dreams

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We have always been struck by films that are developed in aislandheavenly. From laserie of Lost to the film of Castaway Tom Hanks all are developed in distant environments and especially in spaces taken from a postcard. They are usually in islands full of vegetation, a green taken from a retouched photograph of Instagram or with beaches inhabited exclusively by some lost coconut tree. Rarotonga, in theCook Islands, meets these qualities and with the advantage of being the main point to jump to the rest of paradise islands that make up this archipelago.


Rarotonga

For the most moviegoers we would say that when we landed in Rarotonga we thought we were facing the island of the Lost series. Although it was filmed in Hawaii, partly because it belongs to the United States, it has great similarities. For example, from the sea it looks like a very mountainous green pearl island surrounded by a Coral reef. Inside it hosts a impenetrable jungle with overflowing rivers due to occasional rains that fall on its summits. It really seems like the perfect setting for any english pirateIn fact, the name of Cook Islands comes from the navigatorJames Cook famous too to claim Australia wavesHawaii for the British crown still being discovered by the Spaniards previously. Curiously, this explorer died a few days after seeing these islands.


Cross Island Track

For the geeks I would say that we are facing Pirate Island Guybrush, theMonkey island, for its great resemblance, although really the theme of this famous video game will be developed in the Caribbean.

Finally and as a curiosity, it was strange the first time we surrounded the island. Really in little more than 30 min by car you can surround it, but if there is one thing that can get your attention on the island in addition to its landscape part in its culture. For example, the Cookian people bury their own in front of their homes, something that is allowed and seems to be the order of the day. Of course for the west we are shocked.

Possibly in the question you find the answer. There are no Spanish, we only saw a girl from Barcelona I had been working in a hotel for 6 months. As he told us, it was the first time he saw some Spaniards.


Rarotonga

Another answer could be for the remoteness of this destination, which makes it truly exclusive, unique and ideal. We would say that it is the perfect place to go from Honeymoon and even to combine it with “nearby countries”, 6 hours by plane, like New Zealand or Australia. If you are going to travel more than 24 hours, you will have to combine it with more destinations.


Cook Islands - Aitutaki

In addition to the remoteness and the absence of tourists from Spain are its beaches, the luxury hotels and the coral reef. You can do all kinds of activities in Rarotonga and in all Cook Islands, although in this case we can say that Rarotonga is the most complete island.

Rarotonga Island is perfect for ride it on a motorcycle or rental car. A motorcycle is around 25NZ $ and a car is 45NZ $ per day, so transport is not excessively expensive. With this means you can stay anywhere on the island and at the same time enjoy any beach in less than 20-30 min.

As in the island of Aitutaki it is possible to do catamaran cruises about 4 hours and with the possibility of snorkeling, listen to local music, eat barbecue fish and drink all the coconuts on the island :). In this case, the tourist is around $ 79NZ per adult and $ 40NZ for the little ones.


Rarotonga

If we talk about shopping Rarotonga and all Cook Islands offer tourists their famous pearls of Manihiki Atoll, a bright black color and varied prices.

Facing the part gastronomic We really liked a restaurant next to Captain Tamas Lagoon Cruises. It has a terrace by the sea and is ideal for dinner, as it has live music and the food is fabulous. A dinner for two came to us for 60NZ $ without wine, since the bottle in these places amounts to about 40NZ $. Anyway there are cheaper options such as Mudi Markets. This market houses a set of outdoor stalls and tables where many locals and the occasional tourist dine for less than $ 10NZ. We recommend that you try a kind of fried donut that I don't remember its name and that looks like churro. There is also the The Mooring Fish Cafe that have a spectacular fish sandwich for less than 10NZ $. Great!

Recommended activities in Rarotonga

Do the hiking trail of the Cross-Island Track

I don't want to go into too much detail about the Cros-Island Track since we will dedicate a monograph later. This route is one of the best known of Rarontonga as it crosses the entire island and gives you a very complete view of the interior. You walk along a very narrow path through the thick jungle. One of the most important points of this small crossing is theThe needle, a large rock located in the middle of the island being the spur of all the vegetation present, since from there you get one of The best views from this paradise island. By the way, if there are rains, it may be the case, as it happened to us, to cross the river that accompanies you in much of the route up to ten times, something that makes the journey difficult and makes it much slower . Calculate between 3 or 4 hours to complete the entire section.


A paradise island
A paradise island

Dive with The Dive Center

The Dive Center or the big fish is the most famous diving club of the whole island. It is next to the coral reef and has the virtue of being next to one of the best dives on the whole island, inside the reef. To give you the idea, there is such diversity that diving to only 3 m you see hundreds of species. Is a authentic vergel. If you do not dare with diving you can rent snorkeling glasses, but if you have the possibility of diving do not leave it. For those of us who have dived more than 40m it is strange, because at such a shallow depth you have to control buoyancy very well. Do not you want to see turtles, sharks, rays ?.

Besides, if you have two or three days you will have the possibility of taking your PADI certificate in one of the most exclusive islands in the world.


The Dive Center

Vara Nui

It is a rural town transformed into a tourist attraction. In the afternoon there are tours where they explain the ancient customs of Rarotonga where they include talks about local fishing or architecture, very touristy in our view and too expensive, $ 39 per person. At night is themost famous show on the island and that virtually all hotels offer. It is called Te Vara NuiOver-Water Night Show, a dance show within the town and that takes place in a small lagoon. Its price is $ 99NZ per person including dinner, which although it hurts we have to say it is worth it.


Vara Nui

When to go?

From December to March we can talk about the wet season, where rains and even cyclones occasionally occur. It is also summer and therefore the hottest time, however if we look at the statistics the most recommended months are from September to the end of November and April and May.

How to get?

The only way is to arrive fromNew ZealandAustralia, or from the United States, via the Angels.


Cook Islands - Aitutaki

Where to stay in this paradise island?

We can say that there are many restaurants and cheap hotels by the road, some without sea views. Depending on the trip you take, you will opt for these types of hotels or the large complexes that are next to the coast. What are you doing Honeymoon, keep the next two.

Crown Beach Resort

Next to a paradisiacal beach is this luxury hotel. Each room has its own patio and private pool, but of course, there is no hotel in the Cook Islands where luxury is not present. From 300NZ $ per night.


Crown Beach Resort

Muri Beach Club Hotel

We changed hotels after two days, since the first one, although it was better, was much more expensive. In this case the pool is worth it and especially the rooms that overlook the islands of the Muri Lagoon, one of the most beautiful places on the whole island. The bad, that the rooms are more modern and very European, almost in the style of Spanish beaches, but otherwise perfect. From 300NZ $ per night.

Photographs of the Cook Islands

Click here to see all photographs of the Cook Islands, or if you prefer you can also see them inFlickr.

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