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With such a perfect climate and beautiful water it is easy to understand the local saying “Cook Island people are born of the sea”. That is also the reason water pursuits are extremely popular. There are safe places for snorkelling, swimming and diving for all ages and abilities. Rarotonga’s lagoon, around Muri lagoon, Aro’a Beach, Black Rock and Titikaveka are all excellent beaches. The Muri lagoon is one of the Cook Islands most beautiful locations. It is fantastic for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing. All of the islands have wonderful individual experiences – enjoy, learn and be captivated by the natural charm of the Cook Islands.
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Diving

For divers, the outer reefs surrounding Rarotonga and Aitutaki are remarkable places boasting 30 metres plus year-round visibility. Some of the better experiences include fin-up canyons, caves, long tunnels, towering drop-offs (some up to 4,000 metres), swim-throughs under and through coral reefs and shipwrecks such as the Alexander.
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Game & Sport Fishing

Game and sport fishing provide an exhilarating day’s outing just beyond the reef, especially as there is no lengthy journey to fishing areas. Charter operators provide all the gear necessary for every type of fishing, including saltwater fly, sport and light tackle and the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club welcomes visitors. If you prefer to keep your feet dry, then take a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible to view the countless tropical fish and exquisite corals. Windsurfers, sailboats, catamarans and kayaks are also great fun activities. On Rarotonga, the most popular place for sailing activities is at Muri Lagoon. There are several hire facilities available on both Rarotonga and Aitutaki, and many accommodation establishments have a variety of gear for patrons to use.
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Hiking

Away from the water’s edge there are some fabulous walking tracks and attractions. On Rarotonga, visit the Highland Paradise and Black Rock, a spiritual place for the islanders. The Muri Walking Tour takes in some interesting sites including the ancient canoes’ stone circle and Ngatangi’ia CICC where you will discover interesting headstones. Allow 3-4 hours to do the Cross-Island Track along which you will pass through some stunning scenery including Wigmore’s Waterfall.
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Caves

On Atiu, view the limestone caves, many which have been used for burials, remember a torch, sturdy walking shoes and you will require a guide. Learn the legend of lovers Inutoto and Tangaroa and their association with Anatakitaki Cave, which is spectacularly adorned with stalagmites, stalactites and also home to the Kopeka bird. Visit Raka’s Cave with its fifteen different chambers and your guide will tell you about the many generations of the Rakanui family who have lived and died in this magnificent hideaway.
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Cook Island Christian Church

The Cook Islands Christian Church is a beautiful old white-coral building. It was built in 1853 and it is worth taking a stroll around the premises as the graveyard is quite interesting. In front of the church is a monument to the Polynesian missionary Papeiha. Albert Henry, the first prime minister of the indenpendent Cook Islands is buried here, his grave features a life-size bust of him.
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