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Top ten things to do in the Cook Islands

While the Cooks Islands are known for their beautiful weather, the colourful island culture and natural gems shine even on a rainy day.

1. THE VAKA CRUISE IN AITUTAKI

Even cloudy skies and the occasional shower won’t stop The Vaka Lagoon cruise from being the highlight of a Cook Island trip. The funny, warm and musical crew at The Vaka Cruise share their knowledge of Cook Island history, culture, cuisine and geography.

Guests sail to three islands on the 21.6-metre traditionally-designed catamaran Titi ai Tonga. First stop is the island Akaiami, where Air New Zealand’s predecessor Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) landed its flying boats traveling the Coral Route in the South Pacific.

Next stop is motu Rakau, the island used for filming a season of Survivor and as a set for the movies Shipwrecked and Treasure Island. Visitors also get the pleasure of visiting One Foot Island on the outer-edge of the Aitutaki Lagoon.

Those who remember their passports get a stamp and hear the beautifully sad story of how the island got its name.

An island lagoon cruise isn’t complete without a traditional buffet and a snorkel in the Cook Island’s pristine waters a few singalongs on the trip home.

Air Rarotonga runs four services a day from Rarotonga to Aitutaki.  

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