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Cook Islands sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

These tropical islands got their name after Captain Cook, who discovered them in 1770. The Cook Islands become increasingly popular with travelers who seek secluded rest in tropical paradise without busting infrastructure and hordes of vacationers. The islands are divided into Northern Cook Islands and Southern Cook Islands, with the southern ones being more populated and easily accessible.
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Crystal clean water and fantastic underwater life are among the biggest attractions of the islands, so scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular there. The majority of famous diving sites are located around Rarotonga Island. Here divers can see coral reefs, tropical fish, turtles, eagle rays, hammerheads, eels and reef sharks. Divers of all levels are welcome, and larger centers like ones on Muri Beach offer 3 day diving courses for newbies, after which they become certified divers.
Cook Island Christian Church on Rarotonga is one of the most famous architectural landmarks of the islands. The beautiful white-coral building was constructed in 1853. The church is still working and visitors are welcome to attend services. The best way to get acquainted with culture of the Cook Islands is to visit Beachcomber Gallery, which exhibits paintings, jewellery, pearls and other crafts made by local masters. There are workshops behind the building of the gallery, where travelers can buy souvenirs, shell carvings and black-pearl jewellery. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Sir Geoffrey Henry National Culture Centre is a great place to learn more about the colonial past of the islands. The center was founded by Sir Geoffrey Henry, former prime minister of the islands, and consists of six divisions including the National Museum, the National Library, the Anthropology unit, the National Auditorium, Performing Arts and the National Archives.
Cruises have become an essential entertaining activity on the islands. Trips to marvelous lagoons and observation of rich underwater life on glass bottom boats will please both adults and children. The majority of cruises cover Anatakitaki and Atiu caves, which limestone caverns are dotted with stalactites and stalagmites. Other popular destinations include Aitutaki Lagoon and Maina Motu, where travelers will see motu (lagoon islets), coral ridges and rare animals.
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History and Entertainment

The first settlers of the Cook Islands were Polynesians forming their settlements here in the 6th century BC. The European discoverers of the islands were Alvaro de Mendana and Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, Spanish navigators who were first to visit the Cook Islands at the turn of the 16th - 17th centuries. Consequently, the archipelago was also visited by English navigators. At the beginning of the 19th century, the islands were explored by the Russian navigator, Ivan Fyodorovich Kruzenshtern.
The islands gained their present name in the first half of the 19th century. At that time, one of the most significant historical events happened - the building of the first Christian churches. When missionaries came to the islands, there was a long-awaited peace for the natives. Before this, aborigines were in a state of endless war. In the second half of the 19th century, the islands were a British protectorate. In 1901, they became a colony of New Zealand. The Cook Islands gained independence only in 1965. Nowadays, the main guests of the island state are fans of beach entertainments and admirers of undiscovered exotic nature.

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Aitutaki atoll

From the series “Stunning beauty places of the earth, unknown to tourists”
Cook Islands were becoming increasingly popular with tourists every year. Only a few guests who choose the archipelago for recreation, visit the tiny Aitutaki Atoll, which is characterized by the original location. The atoll is surrounded by the barrier of the triangular shape and is located in the geometric center of this triangle. The picturesque atoll is rich in the wonderfully beautiful lagoons. Here one can enjoy the recreation at the Sandstrand for days and lie in the sun in the quiet atmosphere.

The difficult access to Aitutaki is the reason for the calm and harmonious atmosphere. It is extremely rare to see the tourists on the beaches covered with snow-white sand. The atoll, which is distant from the great shorts, is popular among the dreamers and couples who are looking for a … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Cook Islands

Rarotonga
Tourists are offered a large variety of tours, during which they could learn about the culture of Polynesian people, visit picturesque lagoons and stroll through the tropical forests, as well as scuba dive and admire the beauty of the underwater world. Fans of extreme activities can take a helicopter and enjoy the breathtaking view of the island with a bird's-eye view. Unlike artificial islands, Rarotonga is literally drenched with mighty energy of wildlife. The island is occupied with … Read more
Aitutaki Island
Fans of beach recreation should keep in mind that there are not that many comfortable sandy beaches on the island. Coral chips cover a significant part of the coast, and some areas even have coral rocks. It is not comfortable to relax and sunbathe on such beaches without beach gear. The main island is surrounded by numerous tiny uninhabited islands, and vacationers can visit them during boat excursions. During these exciting tours, tourists can see rare animals and various marine creatures. … Read more

Map of travel guides to Cook Islands cities

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