The Cook Islands is located in the South of the Equator at about 1000km southwest of Tahiti and 3500km to the northeast of New Zealand. Its geographical location lies in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean. The Cook Islands is an archipelago comprising of 15 islands and atolls which encompasses a land area of just 241 Sq Km and spreads out 2 million Sq km of Ocean (which is roughly the size of India). As part of the Polynesia, the Cook Islands are divided into 2 distinct groups: the Northern group of islands and atolls and the Southern group of islands of volcanic origins. In the northern group there are: Penrhyn Island, Nassau, Pukapuka, Manihiki, Rakahanga and Suwarrow and the southern group is made up of: Rarotonga, Ma’uke, Mitiaro, Aitutaki, Mangaia, ‘Atiu, Palmerstone Island, Manuae, and Takutea. Manuae, Suwarrow and Takutea are all uninhabited islands and Suwarrow hosts a National park. Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands and Aitutaki is the smallest. The Cook Islands are often called as castaway dream coming true for most visitors. If you ever fantasized about escaping to a remote desert islands, far away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, then you do not need to look further than the 15 fascinating islands.
The Cook Islands host one thousand years of Polynesian culture sitting side by side with some of the most spectacular natural scenery in this part of the South Pacific. The Jewel in the crown of the Cook Islands is Rarotonga which is dotted with a bewitching blend of craggy mountains, numerous dense jungles and some glorious bone-white beaches. Aitutaki, the hook-shaped island of the archipelago is the second most visited island in the archipelago; it sits at the top of one of the world’s largest coral lagoons. The island is surrounded by a sea packed with giant clams and numerous multicolored tropical fishes and ringed by some smaller uninhabited islets known as Motu. The Cook Islands is also a popular yacht charter destination in the area, and is considered as an ideal cruising ground to visit all the islands of the archipelago. A yacht charter trip in the area will also bring them to the small and rocky island of ‘Atiu, where you can see the limestone caves, coffee plantations and bush-beer drinking. The Makatea islands of Mau’ke, Mitiaro and Mangaia, where traditional village life still predominates; and the far-flung black pearl fields of Penrhyn and Manihiki, which most visitors never get the chance to see. The Cook Islands also offer a plethora of activities like some excellent nightlife and many other entertainments, shopping opportunities. It is particularly recommended to watch some of the island nights’ performance, where you can seize the occasion to taste the traditional dishes and see the ceremonial dances of the locals. The Cook islanders are renowned in the area to be the best dancers in Polynesia.
The Cook Islands has always been considered as a perfect cruising ground for most sailors. Yacht charterers sailing in the area will have an area which is spread out over some 2 million Sq km of ocean, where they will have the opportunity to visit this ideal tropical paradise in the Pacific Ocean. Quiet, secluded and remote, the Cook Islands offer a wonderful respite from the everyday life. You will have the chance to enjoy the most exciting water activities in only one exclusive package. As a perfect place for adventure, you will have a myriad of things to do and places to discover from snorkeling and diving in the gorgeous lagoons of Rarotonga and Aitutaki to the fascinating underwater beauty of the islands of ‘Atiu, Ma’uke, Mitiaro and Mangaia. The Aitutaki lagoon is a renowned yacht charter destination in the Cook Islands due to its rich marine life which are found in these brilliant turquoise waters. The surrounding lagoon of Aitutaki is filled with brightly colored fish; an array of living coral and plenty of underwater wildlife, a lagoon trip here is definitely worth your while. There is also a large number of motus or smaller islands that are worth a visit and here plenty of uncrowded places here to enjoy. While sailing around the island of Rarotonga, it is highly recommended to take a glass bottom boat from the famous Muri Beach to Koromiri Island. For more adventurous yacht charterers, they can take a semi-submersible cruise which is available near the Avatiu harbor to explore the Cook Islands outer reefs. On you sailing route towards the islands, you will surely see the whales and some dolphins that will offer you some truly breathtaking sights to behold for an entire lifetime.