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Adventures of the Cook Islands

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The Cook Islands is known for its beautiful mountainous landscape and breathtaking blue water.

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JL A (281)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:13 am
This is one I remember from my history lessons and the explorer's discoveries and travels. Thanks Kit!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:13 am

Pack your bathing suit, diving gear and adventurous spirit, the Cook Islands are next on our tour.

The Cook Islands is a popular tourist destination visited by roughly 100,000 travelers each year, which is about five times the population of the islands. The Cook Islands is known for its beautiful mountainous landscape and breathtaking blue water.
However, you might not know these five lesser known things that the Cook Islands is known for.

5 Facts You Might Not Know

1 Fifteen islands and atolls make up the Cook Islands, but slightly over 70 percent of the population live on Rarotonga Island. Rarotonga Island is home to the Cook Islands capital, Avarua, and to many hotels and resorts due to its popularity among tourists. About 20 percent of the population live in the other southern group of islands, while only seven percent live on the northern group of islands.

2 The Cook Islands natives speak English, Maori and Pakapukan. Pakapukan may be the oldest language spoken by Cook Islands natives, but you will find that everyone also speaks English.

3 The Cook Islands government charges a departure tax when you leave the country. This departure tax for adults is currently 30 New Zealand dollars, which you'll need to pay to Westpac at the airport. You pay this at Westpac at the airport.

4 You will need to visit the Aravua police station to purchase a driver's license if you plan to drive in the Cook Islands. If you want to drive a car, you will just need to show your current driver's license. If you want to drive a motor scooter, you will need to pass a short driving test, which consists of driving around the roundabout in Rarotonga.

5 Tipping is not common in the Cook Islands. All of the prices for items and services include tax, and that is all that you are expected to pay. In fact, it might be considered rude to tip because tipping goes against the local Cook Islands custom.

Some Fun Facts about the Cook Islands:

Where is Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands are a group of 15 islands located in the South Pacific Ocean. They lie north-east of New Zealand, between French Polynesia and American Samoa. These 15 islands are divided into two groups: the Southern Cook Islands and the Northern Cook Islands.

What is the capital of Cook Islands?

Avarua is the capital of the Cook Islands. It is located in the north of Rarotonga Island. The name is derived from Cook Island Maori, and literally translates to Two Harbors. It is further divided into 18 tapere or sub-district.

How big is Cook Islands?

The 15 islands comprising the Cook Islands cover an area of 91 square miles and have an estimated population of 19,569. the geographic coordinates of the country are 21 12S, 159 46W.

What is the currency of Cook Islands?

The official currency of the Cook Islands is the New Zealand dollar. It is also the official currency of New Zealand. Its ISO 4217 code is NZD and is divided into 100 cents. It is issued by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Which is the largest city of Cook Islands? The capital of the Cook Islands, Avarua, is the largest city of Cook Islands. It has an estimated population of 5,445. Its geographic coordinates are 21 12S, 159 45W.

What is the official language of Cook Islands?

The official languages of the Cook Islands are English and Cook Islands Maori. Other languages spoken in the country are Pukapukan and the Dialects of Cook Islands. Penrhyn, Rakahanga-Manihiki, Mitiaro, and Mauke are some of the dialects of Cook Islands Maori.

What is the religion of Cook Islands?

Cook Islands is predominantly a Christian state. Jehovah's witnesses, Bahai faith, Apostolic Church, the Baptist Church, and the Assembly of God are some of the religious traditions also represented in the islands.

What is the literacy rate of Cook Islands?

The total adult literacy rate of the Cook Islands is 95%.

Who is the political leader of Cook Islands?

Frederick Tutu Goodwin is the Queen's Representative to the Cook Islands. The current Prime Minister of the Cook Islands is Henry Puna. He assumed office on November 30, 2010.

When is the National Day of Cook Islands celebrated?

The National Day of Cook Islands is celebrated on August 4. On this day in 1965, the government of New Zealand offered to grant self-governing status to the Cook Islands. Albert Henry was elected as the first Prime Minister of the Cook Islands in the same year.

What is the economy of Cook Islands like?

The economy of the Cook Islands is primarily dependent on agriculture. In 2005, its GDP was $183.2 million, while its GDP per capita was $9,100. Services sector accounts for 75.3% of the GDP, followed by agriculture: 15.1%, and industry: 9.6%. Unemployment rate stands at 13.1%. Tourism, fruit processing, fishing, clothing, and handicrafts are the major industries in the country. Major trade flow are with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Fiji.

**Traditional food of the Pacific Islands
+++Television show on traditional Pacific food airs this weekend+++

Pacific food will be the star of a new television show to air on Television New Zealand this weekend.

Chef and author, Robert Oliver, who was raised in Fiji and Samoa, says his programme Real Pasifik will take viewers to Samoa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, New Zealand and Tonga to learn about local traditional cuisine’s.

Mr Oliver says he hopes people who watch the programme will visit these Pacific countries and be keen to try the local food.

“This is really a food culture show, and its position as a way to raise Pacific islands cuisine into this very high status and it delves into the deep meaning of cuisine and what is traditional Pacific island food and why was not fully kind of incorporated into tourism and here’s how to.”

Robert Oliver says traditional Pacific food was based on what was available to the locals at the time, so most Pacific food was really healthy.

The show is also expected to air in 80 other countries.

Food in Daily Life. Rori (sea cucumbers) are eaten raw or cooked with butter, garlic, and spices. Fish is eaten both raw and cooked. Raw fish, called ika, is marinated in lemon juice or a mixture of vinegar, oil, and salt and served with chopped onion and coconut cream. Young taro leaves are mashed and mixed with coconut cream, salt, and chopped onion in a dish called rukau.

Coconut water is a popular beverage, as are fruit juices and coffee. Beer, called bush beer, is brewed from oranges, bananas, pawpaws, or hops.

Traditional cooking is elaborate and time-consuming. Food is prepared in an umu, an oven dug in the earth and filled with firewood and basalt rocks. A grill of banana wood is placed over the hot stones. Food is wrapped in banana leaves and then in sacks and thrown into the pit, which is covered with soil and allowed to sit for about three hours.

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:05 am
such a beautiful escapade, thank you dear Kit

Wolfgang W (235)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:51 am
Someday we will go there!

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:25 am
Some day? I'm ready now! Let's go....

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:47 am
Love my vacations - but guess i will be walking or scootering around - no license - right?

Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 11:54 am

I hope there is no license needed for walking or scooting around.

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 3:28 pm
Beautiful! Thank you, dear Kit.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:21 pm
You are a treasure, Kit. Thank you for the lovely adventure in the Cook Islands.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 12:07 am
Thank you for the tour Kit! :)

Past Member (0)
Friday September 6, 2013, 10:13 am
Thanks Kit 4 the short but wonderful trip!
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