Advantages Absolutely stunning scenery, friendly people
Disadvantages Long time travelling
Swaying palm trees, bright multi-coloured fish, beautiful fragrant flowers… and ukeleles. Ukeleles everywhere.During September 2002 my new husband and I set off from Brisbane for our honeymoon in the Cook Islands. Altogether, the trip lasted twelve days - we spent four nights on the main island of Rarotonga, then two nights on Aitutaki, one of the outer islands, before returning to Raro for two nights and finally spending two nights in Auckland on the way home. We had booked all this through a travel agent which took a lot of the hassle out of it, and she also managed to get us some great deals since we were on honeymoon!
The Cook Islands is a group of 15 islands to the east of New Zealand and the west of Tahiti. The population was just over 18,000 at the last census in 1996 (www.cook-islands.com), and the main industries apart from tourism include coconuts, and the world famous black pearls. Each of the 15 islands is surrounded by coral reefs, making the group the ideal place to relax and get away from it all. That is, if you still have time after partaking in all the exciting activities there are on offer!GETTING THERE
There is a variety of accommodation available on Rarotonga, ranging from self-catering rental apartments to pricy resorts with all the trimmings. We stayed at the Pacific Resort, rated 4 stars and located on the edge of Muri Lagoon, the only lagoon around the edge of the island. Rooms range from garden bungalows and beachfront bungalows, to a block of stylish beachfront apartments. We stayed in a garden bungalow, where there was champagne and fruit waiting for us as honeymooners as well as shell necklaces and flowers everywhere.
Getting around within the island group is a little trickier.
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