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Aitutaki Lagoon (Aitutaki)
Ranked #1 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Beaches
These waters are home to a large number of fish, making it a favorite spot for snorkeling or scuba diving.
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One Foot Island (Aitutaki)
Ranked #2 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Islands

Paradise on earth! It is a perfect paradise. Nothing to worry about - except for the stonefish. Always wear reefshoes in the water! They are not pleasant to step on.  Make sure... more »

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Titikaveka Beach (Titikaveka)
Ranked #3 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Beaches

Titikaveka beach, located in the village of Titikaveka occupies a south east lagoon area of Rarotonga.  It's present popularity is due to the depth of the water providing endless... more »

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Ranked #4 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: The most well known of Atiu's limestone caves, it is named for the Kopeka birds that build nests in between the stalactites... more » Owner description: The most well known of Atiu's limestone caves, it is named for the Kopeka birds that build nests in between the stalactites of the cavern. These birds navigate through the dark caves, guided by the echoes of their clicking sounds. « less
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Muri Lagoon (Rarotonga)
Ranked #5 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Beaches
One of the island's most beautiful locations, this lagoon and beach is a popular destination for swimming and snorkeling.
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Ranked #6 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
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Ranked #7 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Religious Sites
Owner description: Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this island church which dates back to 1853. The local... more » Owner description: Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this island church which dates back to 1853. The local graveyard is noted for some famous inhabitants including American author Robert Dean Frisbie. « less
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Punanga Nui (Avarua)
Ranked #8 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Flea/ Street Markets

Punanga Nui is buzzing on Saturday mornings.  To enjoy the market like a local, drag yourself out of bed early (6 - 7am).  You'll get to see the mountains of local seasonal... more »

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Cook Island Divers (Rarotonga)
Ranked #9 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Reefs
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Ranked #10 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Mountains
Owner description: This tall, rocky pinnacle can be spotted from several locations on the island and is a favorite challenge for those who enjoy... more » Owner description: This tall, rocky pinnacle can be spotted from several locations on the island and is a favorite challenge for those who enjoy a good climb. « less
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Ranked #11 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Cocoputt (Rarotonga)
Ranked #12 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks

A relatively new mini golf course in Aroa , Rarotonga. Approximatly a hour a round, great for teenagers and children as well as adults. Well set out and has great shaded seats for... more »

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Ranked #13 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Gardens
Owner description: Located on the south coast of the island, these gardens contain many local plants and flowers that are not only beautiful but... more » Owner description: Located on the south coast of the island, these gardens contain many local plants and flowers that are not only beautiful but have medicinal uses. « less
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Ranked #14 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: Visitors to this historic village can participate in a variety of activities from coconut husking to fishing in order to... more » Owner description: Visitors to this historic village can participate in a variety of activities from coconut husking to fishing in order to experience the lifestyles of the Maori people. « less
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Moturakau (Aitutaki)
Ranked #15 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Islands
Owner description: This deserted island was the location used for the British TV series Shipwrecked, where 16 people were left on an uninhabited... more » Owner description: This deserted island was the location used for the British TV series Shipwrecked, where 16 people were left on an uninhabited island to fend for themselves. « less
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Ranked #16 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Movie Theaters
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LEK Rarotonga (Rarotonga)
Ranked #17 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Sports Camps/ Clinics
Owner description: The Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding School in Rarotonga is the newest of the LEK schools founded by American professional... more » Owner description: The Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding School in Rarotonga is the newest of the LEK schools founded by American professional kiteboarder Laurel Eastman. Housed in the iconic South Pacifc Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa and using both Aroa Beach and nearby Muri Beach for kiteboarding adventure, LEK Rarotonga provides the high quality training which LEK is known for. In addition to kiteboarding LEK Raro offers a vigorous fitness schedule including morning yoga and pilates classes. « less
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Ranked #18 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Beaches

Black Rock is historically believed to be the departure point for human spirits.  In olden times black rock basaltic features covered an extensive area where the site is now... more »

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Ngatangiia Harbour (Rarotonga)
Ranked #19 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Marinas

Ngatangiia Harbour is historically believed to be the departure point for Polynesian voyagers who discovered Aotearoa from about 900 BC onwards.  A circle of stones and mounted... more »

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Ranked #20 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre has something for everyone. Young and old, conservationists,fishermen, whale,... more » Owner description: The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre has something for everyone. Young and old, conservationists,fishermen, whale, shark, turtle, fish, crab lovers....A huge variety of displays, and you can touch them! An exciting Live Creature section including Tropical fish filled aquariums, Rocky the Stonefish, gigantic Coconut Crabs, and more...Photography allowed. Big Screen, Interactive Computer programmes, DVD Stations, WIFI, Wheelchair Access, Child friendly, . Cafe and Souvenir Shop on site. Open Sunday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Tickets last a year; Adults $12, children $6 with group and family discounts. Every admission helps support the 'Whale research project' so you help save Whales and Dolphins! « less
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Ranked #21 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: The SS Matai, owned by the Union Steam Ship Co., was carrying a load of Model T cars when it was wrecked on Dec. 24, 1916.... more » Owner description: The SS Matai, owned by the Union Steam Ship Co., was carrying a load of Model T cars when it was wrecked on Dec. 24, 1916. This area is now a favorite spot for snorkeling and diving. « less
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Ranked #22 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas

The Takitumu Conservation Area, also referred to as TCA is located in the hinterland of Turoa and Akapuao localities, Titikaveka.  Some 30 years ago, the rediscovery of the... more »

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Akaiami (Aitutaki)
Ranked #23 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
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Ranked #24 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Art Museums; History Museums
This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.
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Workout on Water (Rarotonga)
Ranked #25 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Owner description: Stand up Paddleboard Yoga lessons and weeklong retreats with world renowned Charlotte Piho. Charlotte is an International... more » Owner description: Stand up Paddleboard Yoga lessons and weeklong retreats with world renowned Charlotte Piho. Charlotte is an International master trainer for SUPYoga. Australia's Head Trainer and accreditor. « less
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Tai's Weather Rock (Rarotonga)
Ranked #26 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Other

Tai's Weather Rock is located on the beachfront outside Pacific Resort, Muri.  The inscription explains what the weather is doing in the Muri (eastern side of Rarotonga).  Tai's... more »

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Zion church (Mauke)
Ranked #27 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Religious Sites
Owner description: The largest church on the island is also known as the divided church. It was built to serve two separate villages, members... more » Owner description: The largest church on the island is also known as the divided church. It was built to serve two separate villages, members of which are relegated to sit on one or the other side of the pulpit. « less
Ranked #28 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Golf Courses
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Ranked #29 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Waterfalls
Owner description: Reachable by hiking trail or four-wheel vehicle, Rarotonga's only fall is also known as Papua Waterfall, because water from... more » Owner description: Reachable by hiking trail or four-wheel vehicle, Rarotonga's only fall is also known as Papua Waterfall, because water from the Papua stream spills down the cliff into a beautiful swimming hole. « less
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Te Rua Rere (Mangaia)
Ranked #30 of 35 attractions in Southern Cook Islands
Category: Caverns/ Caves
The skeletal remains of island ancestors can be found in this cave that is often explored by international archaeologists.