Cook Islands
Cook IslandsA net of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over an area the size of India with a population no bigger than a small New Zealand country town, 14,000 souls. These unique and friendly Polynesians have their own language and government and enjoy a vigorous and diverse culture with significant differences between each island. Despite some 70,000 visitors a year to the capital island – Rarotonga – the Cooks are largely unspoiled by tourism. They offer a rare opportunity for people from the cities of the world to experience a different type of vacation. There are no high-rise hotels, only four beach buggies and very little hype. Ideal for travellers seeking more than the usual clichés associated with the South Seas, each island has its unique qualities and offers the visitor a special experience.

The Cook Islands are a study in contrasts, with Aitutaki so flat you can see the ocean from virtually any point on the island and Rarotonga made up of jagged peaks and deep valleys. The islands' natives maintain a strong traditional culture through song, dance, legends, and crafts like intricate quilts inspired by nature known as tivaevae.