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Things to do in Cook Islands

The Cook Islands leave travelers in awe since it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Travelers can see most of the islands in a week. One of the most fun things to do in the Cook Islands is visit Aitutaki Lagoon. It is a great place for swimming, snorkeling and just relaxing under the warm sun.

Another popular activity, when visiting the Cook Islands is golf. The islands offer many pristine green gold courses that are perfect for a game (or two!)

Travelers wondering what non-beach related things to do in the Cook Islands will want to visit the Cooks Island Library and Museum. Funded by volunteers, this library was once located in the back of a bus that was driven around the island. In the 1960s, a permanent location designed by architect Ken Mills as opened. The library and museum is located just a short walk from Avarua’s city center.

One of the highlights of the islands is its culture. Make sure you take a guided tour around Rarotonga. In the evening, visitors can take part in an island feast and dance show. On a Friday or Saturday evening, make sure to enjoy the pubs in Avarua where you can relax with a pint of beer.

Adventure lovers wondering what to do in the Cook Islands will want to spend one morning hiking the Cross-Island Track, which traverses Rarotonga. The hike takes you through the valley and across the island with a steep 400-mile ascent. The hike ends at Wigmore’s Waterfall, a lovely spot where hikers can cool off with a quick dip.

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