I'm John Roberts and you've reached a part of the site that's more about me than the Cook Islands! So if you've decided not to use the "back" button...read on
In early 1982, a report in the travel pages of the UK's "Sunday Times" newspaper captured the imagination of a young journalist. It told of "a cluster of 15 reef-fringed specks" where a river of orange juice ran through the capital island, signs warned unsuspecting diners of falling breadfruit and the Prime Minister's office was "up the stairs at the back of the post office". That journalist was me and the specks were (and are) the Cook Islands.
It was the start of a love affair which continues to this day.
The passion for this place that I had still to visit was fuelled further by a chance meeting with a former Air New Zealand flight attendant who loaned me a book called "How to Get Lost and Found in the Cook Islands" by John W. McDermott (if you're reading this now, I'm sorry I never gave it back). John provides a unique insight into the Islands through the eyes of the people he meets.
My mistake was ignoring the farewell comment from a friend of John's on the final page of the book...."You have to be careful, you know, because after too much time here the little green tendrils start to grow round your ankles. They can take you over entirely, they can, and never let you go".
So maybe that explains why, more than 40 years on and after multiple visits, my love affair with the Cook Islands is stronger than ever!
Stories of buried treasure, ghostly fire, real-life Robinson Crusoes and the mafia are among the many secrets shared as you explore all 15 of the Cook Islands through the pages of this book. It combines my first hand accounts with those of other visitors and islanders themselves to provide a unique insight into this South Pacific paradise with some useful traveller tips along the way
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(in memory of my mum who died from this cruel illness)
This website is very much a labour of love so I'd really appreciate any feedback...if only to know that people like you are reading it! If you have any questions or ideas about what else you'd like to see on this site, or you just want to say hello please contact me. I promise that your email address will never be shared and you will never get spam from me (I loathe it too!)
Thank you...for visiting this website. I hope you enjoy the armchair travelling through its pages and that it's also inspired you to visit the Cook Islands in the not too distant future