Picture perfect, the Cook Islands boasts postcard locations visually appealing to Instagramers looking for that perfect bragging shot. Be it lagoons, tiny islets, coconut trees or tropical jungles, they all make the list for the ultimate gram. Cook Islands Tourism shares their tips on six of the most insta worthy shots not to be missed:
- Aitutaki Lagoon, Aitutaki
As one of the clearest lagoons in the world, Aitutaki Lagoon never fails to impress. The crystal-clear turquoise waters make it a perfect location for snorkelling, and swimming amongst a variety of tropical fish.
- Muri Beach, Rarotonga
White sandy shores, swallowed by the sparkling waters of Muri Lagoon, Muri Beach in Rarotonga is the ultimate island paradise for waterfront stays. The location overlooks tropical palm fringed motu (islets), that guests can swim, kayak or stand-up paddle board across to, as another oasis.
- One Foot Island, Aitutaki
Perched in the transparent waters of Aitutaki Lagoon, One Foot Island, is a popular day-trip location for guests staying on Aitutaki and visitors from Rarotonga on the Aitutaki Day Tour. This tiny islet is located not far from the outer reef, and also has its own post office, where visitors can get their passport stamped with One Foot Island imprinted.
- Koromiri Island, Rarotonga
Directly opposite Muri Beach, positioned within the lagoon, is a cluster of tropical coconut trees, surrounded by crystal-clear waters, known as Koromiri Island. A perfect location to swim, snorkel, or set up a picnic. The island is easily accessible by kayaking or on a snorkelling tour from Muri Beach.
- Te Rua Manga (the Needle), Rarotonga
High in the salty air, lassoed by coral reefs, Te Rua Manga, also known as ‘The Needle’, on Rarotonga, is a giant rock face perched in the mountain region. To reach this giant rock, visitors hike along the cross island trek through the tropical jungle. Reaching the summit, is a reward with some of the most spectacular views of the island.
- Wigmore’s Waterfall, Rarotonga
A therapeutic aura from the cascading waters of Papua stream, Wigmore’s Waterfall in Rarotonga spills into a swimming hole hidden in the midst of the jungle. The waterfall is accessible by hiking trail, scooter, or vehicle.
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When travelling to the Cook Islands all visitors 16 years of age and over must be fully vaccinated and provide an official International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) issued by the Australian Government.
Australian visitors are required to take a supervised RAT 24 hours prior or a PCR test 48 hours prior to their departure from Australia, a requirement of the NZ Government. Visitors must also complete a Cook Islands contact form no more than 96 hours prior to the scheduled departure time from Auckland to the Cook Islands.
See www.cookislands.travel for further information on planning your trip to the Cook Islands.
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