Top 10 things to do in the Cook Islands
Scattered across the South Pacific, the Cook Islands consist of fifteen patches of paradise that are rimmed by sand, fringed by coral and tickled by jade green waters. Ancient traditions and diverse interiors give each island unique appeal, creating an irresistible urge to catamaran between them, from the mountains of Rarotonga to the caves of Atiu, and from the lagoon at Aitutaki to the southern outpost of Mangaia. Here's our Top 10 things to do in the Cook Islands!
Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, is the center of the thriving French Polynesian pearl industry. Paul Gauguin passengers can set sail over the blue waters of the lagoon to a pearl farm where they can learn about the complex process of cultivating pearls. After learning how to evaluate...
The most accessible and developed atoll in the northern Tuamotus, Manihi is another Robinson Crusoe style island that once had an international reputation for pearl production -- pearl farming started here in 1968. Shaped like an ellipse, the atoll is 28km long by 8km wide and has just one openi...
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10 Most Captivating Atolls in the World
An atoll is a ring of coral that originally grew completely around the shoreline of an island, and which continued to grow upward on top of itself as the island subsided or eroded away. As reef building corals thrive only in warm waters, atolls are only found in the tropics and subtropics. In other