Cook Islands Beaches
In the South Pacific
The Cook Islands
Beaches are amazingly beautiful. They are a free democratic country in the South Pacific, in free association with New
It is composed of 15 small islands covering a land territory of 240
square km and a total of 1,800,000 km of total ocean area.
Rarotonga is one of the Cook Islands
Half way between
Hawaii and New Zealand
The 15 islands and
two atolls lie about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Despite the size
of the area that can be compared to India or Western Europe, the population is
a mere 20,000 inhabitants.
They are of Maori
descent and hold New Zealand citizenship with a special status as Cook Islands
nationals. All defense and foreign affairs matters are dealt by New Zealand in
consultation with the island’s authorities.
Cook Islands Beaches
Avarua is the Capital of Cook Islands
The Capital of Cook Islands is Avarua
sometimes called a paradise in the South Pacific are not yet discovered by mass
tourism, although more than 100,000 tourists visit the islands yearly. The South
Pacific beaches are still unspoiled and the beauty is rare and idyllic. They
are grouped into southern and northern islands.
The Cook Islands
capital Avarua, on the Island of Rarotonga, is a thriving town with
restaurants, hotels, banking facilities and where the International Airport is
located. Here the visitor will find first class resorts and beautiful beaches
some of them reef protected for a great snorkeling adventure.
Muri Beach in the Cook Islands
Southern Cook Islands
- Nga-pu-Toru is the generic name give to the islands
of Atiu, Ma'uke, Mitiaro and Takutea in the Cook Islands archipelago. In Cook
Islands Māori language, the "Three Roots"
- Atiu Atiu Island, also known as Enuamanu or land of the birds, lies 187 km
northeast of Rarotonga
- Ma'uke known as Akatokamanava is the easternmost island of the
- Mitiaro known as Nukuroa is the fourth largest of
the Cook Islands boasts the only fresh waster lakes
- Takutea is a small uninhabited island 21 km northwest of Atiu. It has been designated a wildlife sanctuary, mainly for the red-tailed tropic
birds and red-footed Boobies.
Spectacular sunset on the Island of Aitutaki
The other group of South Cook Islands Beaches
- Aitutaki Island, is one of the Cook Islands, north of Rarotonga. It has a population of approximately
2,000. Aitutaki is the second most visited island of the Cook Islands. The
capital or main village is Arutunga on the west side.
- Mangaia known as Auau Enua is a least 18 million years old, making
it the oldest island in the Pacific. It's the second largest
of the Cook Islands and the furthest south of the Group.
- Rarotonga also called Tumutevarovaro is the largest island of the
group lying at the southern section of the group.
- Palmerston Island is a coral atoll about 500 km
northwest of Rarotonga.
- Manuae is an
uninhabited atoll in the southern group, 100 kilometres south east of Aitutaki.
- Winslow Reef is a submerged coral reef of the
southern Cook Islands
White Beaches of the Pukapuka atoll in Cook Islands
Northern Cook Islands Beaches
- Manihiki also known as Te Fuinga o Niva, is an
island known as the Island of Pearls. It is a triangular atoll 1,160 km north
- Nassau known as Te Nuku o Ngalewu is located
90 km south of Pukapuka, it is just 9 meters above sea level, with an
oval sandy cay on a coral reef
foundation and is surrounded by a narrow reef flat.
- Penrhyn Island or Tongareva or Mangarongaro is the
most remote and largest atoll of the 15 Cook Islands
- Pukapuka known as Te Ulu o te Watu is a coral atoll
in the Cook Islands with three small islets threaded on a reef, which encloses
a beautifully clear lagoon.
- Rakahanga orTapuahua is a rectangular atoll which is the sister
island of Manihiki, 42 km to the south. It comprises a lagoon surrounded by two
islands and seven small islets or "motu".
For more information visit Cook Islands Tourism Website
Idyllic Beaches on the Suwarrow Atoll in Cook Islands
The two Atolls of Cook Islands Beaches
- Suwarrow also called Suvorov on the southern extremity of the
northern group of the Cook Islands is a true atoll. There is no continuous
history of Polynesian habitation and therefore no traditional Polynesian name
for the island.
- Tema Reef, also called Tima Reef, is a submerged coral reef in the northern Cook Islands, 23 km southeast of Pukapuka.
These Polynesian Islands offer great opportunities for Scuba
Diving due to an array of coral reefs surrounding all the islands. You will
find many diving stands in many of the islands ready to guide you on a real
scuba diving experience.
Mainly in Rarotonga and Aitutaki you may visit historic centers
that will show you around and learn about the Polynesian heritage of the
islands and haw they were discovered by Europeans around the 1600’s.
Images credits for cook islands beaches
cook rarotonga satellite nasa
cook te manga marcus gleinig
cook aitutaki sunset mr bullitt
cook pukapuka atoll ewansmith
cook suwarrow suwarrow
all courtesy of wikimedia commons
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