Surface area : 240.0 km2
Population : 21380 inhabitants
There is a wide range of choice concerning local handiwork with sculptures, woven baskets in coconut fibre, pandanus bags, ceramics, embroidery tivaevaes and ukeleles on offer. You can also bring back the renowned black pearls. Collectors will think about stamps and coins from the Cook Islands. Generally speaking, shops are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Do not try to bargain.
Local food is mostly made of coconut and fish. Among the most popular dishes, you will find the ika mata (fish marinated with lemon and coconut), the anga kuru akaki ia (stuffed breadfruit) and the poke (exotic fruit pudding with cococut milk).
Plan to bring a camera and film before leaving.
No camping: it's prohibited!
Skimpy clothing is strongly unadviseable during visits to villages. Going topless is only allowed on hotel beaches.
Do not give tips, Polynesian people would feel insulted; it is better to offer a gift.
End of July, Constitution Day celebrates in joy the independence of Cook Islands with parades, exhibitions and different traditional events; it is worth taking a look.