Destination Information for Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are made up of 15 islands, linked politically to New Zealand, in the South Pacific, and scattered over a large area. The largest of the islands is Rarotonga, which is home to the capital city, Avarua. Popular as a destination for snorkelling and scuba diving, the Cook Islands are thought to be reminiscent of Hawaii prior to the development of the large tourist industry.
The islands were first sighted by Captain Cook in 1770, and became a British protectorate in 1888, before administrative control was transferred to New Zealand in 1900. In 1965 the residents of the Cook Islands chose to become a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand.
Most people come to the Cook Islands for the beaches, of which there are many - the best being at Muri Lagoon and Titikaveka. Pristine white sands are bordered by clear sparkling waters, with some developed tourist resorts on the larger islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki. The volcanic nature of the islands makes for some stunning mountainous scenery should you wish to venture further inland.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in The Cook Islands.