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NEWS FROM THE ISLANDS     An exclusive summary
Airstrip upgrades could mean new tourism opportunities
Manihiki bans reef fish sales to Rarotonga
Resort owner wants to "tax the hell out of bad food"
Access ban to protect tourists and turtles
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A Russian explorer gave the Islands their name
Deserted MANUAE was the first of the Islands to be discoverd by Captain Cook
The remains of a WWII bomber lie in the undergrowth on PENRHYN
Captain William Bligh discovered AITUTAKI 18 days before the mutinty on the Bounty
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19-25 Sep: Round Raro road races
26 Oct: National Gospel Day
1 Nov: Turama
22-29 Nov: Vake Eiva (canoeing) festival
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"These tiny unspoilt islands in the South Pacific really are paradise - pure, without a hint of tourism's razzle, islands out of fantasies, islands to dream of being a castaway, to make you yearn for romance..."
Ann Rickard writing in the 'Sunshine Coast Daily'
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solar powered Mauke
Also in the news: Mauke is the latest island to switch to solar power as the target for 100% renweable energy across the Islands comes closer
Paradise Cove, Aitutaki
Across the lagoon
Captain Bligh called AITUTAKI a "charming little spot" when he discovered it just days before the mutiny on the Bounty.   It's still one of the most beautiful places on the planet, with a lagoon so blue you'd think it had been painted that colour and a hotel resort which has been voted best in the world.  And even if you haven't the time to stay, there's an amazing day trip which should be on every visitor's "must do" list
Photo: One Foot Island by Marcus Gleinig

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One Foot Island in Aitutaki lagoon
In the Cook Islands, whales come to you!   The whale watching season runs from July to October, and you don't need a boat or even have to get your feet wet to see them.  Find out the best places to watch and get some expert advice on dos and don'ts in our whale watcher's guide