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Flights from Cook Islands

15 islands of paradise, the Cook Islands are the perfect combination of blue-green waters, soft sand that sink under footsteps and clear blue skies.

Rarotonga

The principal island, Rarotonga, is the place for water sports and wildlife at the same time. The depths of its water allows for kayaking – for those who would like to sweat it out – and small vessel cruising – for those who would like a leisurely, relaxing time. While skimming on the surface of the water, stick your head out and see fishes dart away as you approach – or better yet, put on your goggles and go on a snorkeling trip to see the creatures hiding in the abundant coral.

Aitutaki

Can’t get enough of the waters? Find yourself chasing the legendary bonefish, native to the Aitutaki waters. Also known as the kiokio, which is so elusive that fishermen often struggle to even catch a visual of it. The lagoon at Aitutaki also houses the Giant Trevally – this giant kingfish can grow up to 1.7m and weigh up to 80kg! Try your hand at capturing one, and be sure to blow your friends away with the bounty from your fishing trip!

Atiu

Atiu differs from the other islands in that it has beautiful forests that, when delved into, reveal its amazing array of limestone caves. The Kopeka Cave is the most well-known for its unique inhabitants, the Kopeka Swiftlets, which are a surprising delight to spot in the dark gravelly cave. The island also houses many villas, for some pampering in a peaceful refuge. Before leaving, be sure to also check out the traditional Cook Islands textiles and crafts, and have a taste of the fragrant, unique Atiu Coffee.

On your way out of the Cook Islands, consider visiting one of these countries:

Singapore

Once you’ve had enough of the breezy life on the Cook Islands, feel free to catch a flight to Singapore, another island nation with a vastly different vibe. The fast-paced state has its city centered around Orchard, where most of the locals go for some intense retail therapy. Set aside some time for exotic animals at the Mandai Zoological Gardens, pop by the Singapore Science Center for an enriching time, and spend a day at Sentosa for the mandatory shot of the nation mascot, the Merlion.

Auckland, New Zealand

Go by the Muriwai Beach to catch a glimpse of the gannet colony nesting on the cliff tops, stroll down the golden sands of Orewa Beach and explore the trails of Waitakere Ranges, known for its spectacular views and enjoyable hikes. The Cornwall Park proves the city has its own charms as well, its roads lined with trees and land dotted with cattle. If you can’t leave without learning at least a little of the history and culture of New Zealand, then Auckland Museum is the place for you, the highlight being the war accounts that is sure to draw you in.

Sydney, Australia

When you’re in Sydney, the Sydney Harbour has to be one of the first places to be visited – you can choose to motor boat, sail or fish there. Take a river taxi to Taronga Zoo, marvel at the iconic Sydney Opera House and the soak in the view of the Harbour Bridge. For fans of colonial architecture, the Queen Victoria Building is a magnificent specimen and packs a great combination of shops and cafes, with a little something for everyone.

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