Cook Islands Paradise The fifteen are grouped in an archipelago in the South Pacific between New Zealand and Hawaii. The few residents of these beautiful islands are particularly friendly and cheerful and its culture is rich in traditions that are worth knowing and enjoy.
The climate of the archipelago is constant. Between November and March, the rainy season, are very frequent afternoon thunderstorms and showers which cool the air down and make the temperature of 28 º C for this time of year. The dry, cool (20-26 º C) that the rain is from April to October. Throughout the year you can enjoy warm and sunny days and, as is the very rare drop in temperature, light clothes are recommended and a lightweight raincoat for rainy afternoons.
The entry requirements are a valid passport, proof of the reservations of accommodation and return ticket and proof that you have sufficient funds to finance the state. Stay allowed is 31 days. This period may extend for months to a maximum of fifteen months. If you want a deal and it must be paid 14 days before the original license.
The official currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD) and foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport and two banks in Avarua, where there are ATMs. In most major stores and hotels can also exchange currency and traveler’s checks (preferably in Australian dollars) in low amounts. In restaurants and hotels in major cities will accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Like all Prices include an extra tax, it is not necessary (and is against the customs of the country) Tipping. However, if the service was excellent and you want to show their appreciation can do it quietly.
Regarding health, there is no disease risk to visitors, but they need enough sunscreen and bring mosquito repellent, to prevent severe sunburn and mosquito bites that can transmit dengue. While the islanders consume water, the travelers are advised to limit or sterilized bottled water, especially in rural areas. Rarotonga is in medical and dental facilities, a hospital and various pharmacies, but in general the islands are not many facilities. It is essential to hire a travel insurance that includes coverage of air evacuation in case of emergency.
The level of security on the islands is quite good and the crime rate is low. It is recommended, as always, take care of luggage and personal items of value.
The inhabitants of the islands have important religious and do not see with good eyes dress inappropriately. Do not use beachwear in towns and swim or sunbathe topless is offensive.
Where to go:
The island of Rarotonga, the seat of government archipelago is a paradise of tropical forests, palm-filled shores and beautiful waterfalls. Around almost the entire island and a reef extends beyond the ocean of turquoise waters and colorful fish. The island can be seen touring the tapu Ara two main streets running through neighborhoods and beaches or Te Ara Toi or the old road through farmland, plantations of bananas, taro and pawpaw. Avarua is the main city and commercial center of the Cook Islands, you may visit the Port Avatiu and the lagoon.
The island of Aitutaki, less than one hours flight from Rarotonga, is a compulsory destination for visitors to the archipelago. This island, volcanic in part, stands by the stunning clarity and transparency of its turquoise waters that are the perfect complement to the brilliant white sand beaches. As if this were not enough, the atmosphere quiet and unspoilt scenery make this one of the best places for a delicious and relaxing world of isolation. One of the best places to be dazzled by the beauty of nature is Mungapu the summit, the highest hill of the island, from there you can see the beautiful lake inhabited pop hundreds of colorful fish and dotted with attractive and uninhabited islets (motus) that can be visited.
Do not miss the dance, art and culture of the Nordic!