Although the Cook Islands are surrounded by vast expanses of ocean, a visit to this incredible destination may be well worth the effort. These South Pacific islands are a playground for travelers who love cultural activities in isolated and exotic places. Natural wonders and fun attractions are plentiful throughout these 15 islets, which can make for an exciting and unique travel getaway.
On the island known as Rarotonga, there is a striking art gallery that features some wonderful local masterpieces, reports Lonely Planet. Some resident artists enjoy working on their pieces on museum grounds, creating various handicrafts such as black pearl jewelry or shell carvings.
Travelers can take a guided tour through the massive Anatakitaki cave that is located on Atiu island. Complete with large limestone openings and beautiful formations, this cavern is also home to the kopeka bird which is exclusively found in this area.
When it’s time to sample the local cuisine, guest to the Cook Islands can head straight for Café Tupuna. According to Frommer’s, this charming establishment serves some wonderful local dishes, such as raw marinated fish in a coconut shell or parrotfish baked in banana leaves.
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