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SHORTCUTS TO PARADISE:  Discover the most visited islands
Where on earth are the Cook Islands?
How to get to the Cook Islands
A quick tour of the Cook Islands
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NEWS FROM THE ISLANDS     An exclusive summary
'Lifeline' ship runs aground off Nassau
Black pearl farmers struggling
New fresh food future for Pukapuka
Transport set for energy transformation
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"You want to call this place paradise even though you know that word is carelessly over-used. But these tiny unspoilt islands in the South Pacific really are paradise - pure, without a hint of tourism's razzle, islands out of fantasies..."
Ann Rickard writing in Australia's 'Sunshine Coast Daily' .  Read that and more about the Islands as seen through the eyes of the world

 

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Stilt walking sits alongside international kiteboarding and the most exuberant dancing and drumming you will ever see in the annual calendar of events. 
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DID YOU KNOW...???
PALMERSTON is the only island that Captain Cook set foot on himself
Captain Bligh discovered AITUTAKI 18 days before the mutinty on the Bounty
A cargo ship is rusting away in the middle of remote NASSAU island

And you should see the one that got away!
Many say MANIHIKI is the most beautiful of the Cook Islands.  Its huge lagoon is dotted with 40 tiny islets.  And the clear blue waters not only teem with marine life, but also provide perfect conditions for black pearl farming.  As recently as 1997 though, it was almost wiped off the map by a cyclone which left 29 people dead and hundreds more homeless 

Manihiki from the air
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