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SHORTCUTS TO PARADISE:  Discover the most visited islands
NEWS FROM THE ISLANDS     An exclusive summary
Click to explore Aitutaki
Click to exlore Atiu
Tour the capital island
Top tourism award again from wealthy US travellers
New nursing boss worried about nurses shortage
Local expert urges caution on seabed mineral mining
Shortage of accommodation is impacting economic growth
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PALMERSTON is the only island  Captain Cook set foot on himself
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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Welcome to the site
Cook Islands in a nutshell
A quick tour of the Cook Islands
How to get to the Cook Islands
Latest forecasts and climate
Love the Islands on our Facebook page
Radio Cook Islands - news and music from the national station
Also in the news: The Cook Islands Met Office has launched a new site with all the latest info about weather across the country
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
Whale breaches off Rarotonga
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Manihiki from the air
And you should see the one that got away!
Black pearls
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 sunset
31 May: Opera in Rarotonga
2 Jun: Celebration concert
26 Jul-5 Aug: Te Maeva Nui (cultural festival and celebrations)
2019 events diary in detail

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"Images and recollections will be entwined in the realisation that this collection of disparate, far-flung islands constitutes one of the loveliest, least spoiled lands on earth"
Ewan Smith, Managing Director of Air Rarotonga in his book, 'The Cook Islands'