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The Cook Islands is a renowned vacation destination southwest of Tahiti. Travelers generally arrive on the main island, Rarotonga, where most of the hotels and resorts are found, and many carry on to the beaches of Aitutaki to the north.

The islands of Atiu, Mauke, Mitiaro, and Mangaia are far less visited, though all are accessible by plane and ship - a little known paradise, yours to explore.

All photos on are by David Stanley, author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific. The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

One Foot Island, Aitutaki

One Foot Island, Aitutaki

The uninhabited motus along the southeast side of Aitutaki Atoll are often visited by daytripping tourists. The groups usually eat lunch on One Foot Island, named for its distinctive shape. The snorkeling is outstanding on the nearby reefs.
Interisland Supply Ships, Rarotonga

Interisland supply ships in Avatiu Harbor, Rarotonga.

After Sunday Service, Mitiaro

Leaving church after the Sunday service on Mitiaro Island.

Choral Singers Church, Mauke Island Descendent of William Marsters

The Cook Islanders are enthusiastic, talented choral singers.

Each end of the church on Mauke Island is decorated differently.

A descendent of William Marsters with his photo on Palmerston.

Lake Tiroto, Atiu Fine Woven Mats, Mauke Lake Tiriara, Mangaia

Eels live in Lake Tiroto on the southwestern site of Atiu Island.

A display of fine handwoven mats on Mauke Island.

A cave on Lake Tiriara, Mangaia Island, is connected to the sea.

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