We are dreaming of the day you are able to return to our safe haven. In preparation for that day, we have compiled our favourite 10 Top Fun Facts about the Cook Islands that you may have not yet experienced.
Join us in uncovering the hidden treasures you can discover here in a little paradise….
1. NO MULTI-NATIONAL CHAINS
Here in the Cook Islands, you won’t find any McDonalds, KFC or other international fast food outlets, and the same goes for hotel chains. We are proud to say that all of the above operations are all locally run right here!
2. THE COOKS COMPRISE OF 15 ISLANDS
They fall across two regions, the Northern Islands and the Southern Islands. The main island is Rarotonga, our international gateway, with Aitutaki being the next most popular island to visit.
3.THE COOK ISLANDS HAVE THE BEST CAFÉ VIBES
With gigantic servings of only the freshest foods and refreshing beverages, served on the beach to tropical island music, to a more formal brunch in the sun, we believe the cafe vibes of the Cook Islands can’t be beat!
4.NO BUILDING CAN BE TALLER THAN A COCONUT TREE
This might just be one of our favourite ‘law of the lands’. A government mandate in the Cook Islands states that no building on the island can be taller than a coconut tree.
5. COOK ISLANDS HAVE A $3 NOTE!
The standard currency for the Cook Islands is the New Zealand dollar. Most Cook Islands notes have largely been replaced, however $3 note is still floating around and makes a popular souvenir.
6. AITUTAKI WAS THE LOCATION OF A SEASON OF ‘SURVIVOR’
In 2006, the well-known ‘Survivor’ reality show came to the Cook Islands in its 13th edition. There have also been a few films shot here in the Cooks like ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ and ‘The Other Side of Heaven’.
7.THE COOK ISLANDS PRODUCE INCREDIBLE BLACK PEARLS
Ladies, this one is for you! By taking advantage of the warm, calm, and pollution-free waters of northern group’s lagoons – the Cook Islands is one of the world’s largest exporters of exquisite black pearls.
8. SCOOTERS ARE THE BEST FORM OF TRANSPORT
Given how small the islands are, hopping on a scooter to get from one place to the other is the best way to cruise. The main road in Rarotonga is only 32km long, and takes about 45 mins to do a full loop! Just don’t forget your helmet and brand new Cook Islands license.
9. COOK ISLANDERS ARE THE BEST DANCERS IN THE WORLD
This one may be a little subjective and we are admittedly pretty bias dancing is very much a part of the Cook Islands culture to which anyone who’s been to a cultural performance here will agree. Of course a must see on the island is the Te Vara Nui over water show in Rarotonga.
10. HOME TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS IN THE WORLD
Tipani, Hibiscus, Gardenia, Birds of Paradise to name a few, flowers have always been precious to the Cook Islands’ culture. They are worn behind the ear, in the hair, as a flower crown and are even used in traditional medicines and remedies.