A cluster of islands steeped with Polynesian culture and the foundations of a true tropical paradise, six hundred miles from Tahiti, French Polynesia and five hundred from the Kingdom of Tonga. The islands are some of the most remote in the world, minus a price tag to match this far-off island group, costing around half of what you would expect in Bora Bora and Fiji. The islands most accessible and ones likely to explored for diving will be Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Rarotonga being the colourful capital brings with it a population of 16, Aitutaki, the closest island miles north has consistent temperatures but because of the increasing far-flung location, the variety of food and facilities found in Rarotonga is not found in Aitutaki. Nothing happens in a hurry, so take in the easy island life.
Cook Islands Travel Guide
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New Zealand is responsible for the Cook Islands' defence and foreign affairs, but these responsibilities are exercised in consultation with the Cook Islands. The Cook Islands have been an active member of the Pacific Community since The Cook Islands' main population centres are on the island of Rarotonga 13, in ,  where there is an international airport. There is also a larger population of Cook Islanders in New Zealand itself: in the census, 61, people said they were Cook Islanders, or of Cook Islands descent. With over , visitors travelling to the islands in ,  tourism is the country's main industry, and the leading element of the economy, ahead of offshore banking , pearls, and marine and fruit exports. The Hervey Islands later came to be applied to the entire southern group. The name "Cook Islands", in honour of Cook, first appeared on a Russian naval chart published by Adam Johann von Krusenstern in the s.
Culture of the Cook Islands
Are there things for singles to do in the cook islands, or is this strictly a destination for couples? Kia Orana drritarae, welcome to the Cook Islands forum. There is plenty to do for solo travellers in the Cook Islands. The more adventurous go off to the outer islands as they are keen to explore natural scenery, but the ones who remain on Rarotonga meet many other travellers and have a great time mixing and mingling with visitors and locals.
It is in free association with New Zealand. Its traditions are based on the influences of those who settled the islands over several centuries. Polynesian people from Tahiti settled in the Cook Islands in the 6th century. Missionaries developed a written language, bringing schools and Christianity to the Cook Islands in the early 19th century. The Culture Division of the Cook Islands Government supports and preserves the country's national heritage.