Embracing stunning coral atolls and rugged volcanic islands, the 15 Cook Islands are spread over some 2 million sq km of ocean. This idyllic island nation is flanked to the west by Tonga
, and to the east by Tahiti
. Visitors to the Cook Islands will discover not only a wonderful climate and beautiful landscape, but a friendly and generous people, and a relaxed pace of life.
The Cook Islands contain some of the most beautiful and diverse scenery of any group in the South Pacific, from rugged, bush-clad volcanic peaks to white sandy beaches and palm-fringed lagoons. There is much to see and do
in the Cook Islands, and a great selection of accommodation
The Cook Islands are split into two groups. The Southern Group
includes the mountainous main island of Rarotonga
– famous for its scenic beauty – and the raised coral atolls of Mangaia
, Mauke and Mitiaro
. The makatea (the uplifted coral reef) on these islands
hides deep and spectacular caves. The Northern Group
, which includes the islands of Manihiki
, Penrhyn and Pukapuka, have a special charm, with turquoise lagoons fringed by white sand beaches and coconut palms.
Tropic of Capricorn, latitude from 9 to 22º
The 15 islands of the Cook Island group lie in the centre of the Polynesian triangle, east of Tonga and the Samoas and west of Tahiti.
18,027 - about half of the population live on the island of Rarotonga
Avarua, on the island of Rarotonga