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#1 BasinGirl

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 08:46 AM

Just wondering if anyone has been to the Cook Islands? We're big fisho's and heard that game fishing is excellent there ... but we also want somewhere nice and relaxing ... thoughts anyone?
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Posted 11 May 2005 - 04:13 PM

I went there - got married there in fact - last November.

It's absolutely stunning and definitely very relaxing. We did nothing much other than snorkel, eat, drink and laze about. It was bliss! The islands aren't crowded with tourists, or locals for that matter, and there's a very laid back feel that makes you feel like a million bucks.

They are definitely into fishing there, with a couple of game fishing clubs, but as I have no interest in that I can't tell you whether it's good or bad or not!

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 06:22 PM

We wnt in November last year too.

THere are some previous posts in the Honeymoon section.

But PM me for any tips!

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 01:30 PM

Thanks heaps Amanda and Sara - you've sold us! We wanted somewhere that was beautiful, relaxing and not too many tourists - thanks heaps!!!
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Posted 12 May 2005 - 03:07 PM

HI there,

We went there for our honeymoon less than two months ago, and it was fabulous! Snorkelling is fantastic, we just loved it.

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 04:25 PM

Oh, I have been there too. I loved it to bits.

The water there is amazing, and it is relaxing, but not boring. If you want to do nothing, then nothing it is. If you want something to do, then there are things there.

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 04:26 PM

PS - When I went there, I went for work, so I have photos of all the hotels there. If you let me know which one you are staying at, I will see if I have any photos that I can email you. biggrin.gif
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Posted 12 May 2005 - 04:42 PM

Does anyone know what is the nicest place to stay in the cook islands, i heard its Autaki, but which resort ?
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Posted 12 May 2005 - 04:51 PM

Aitutaki is an outer island, and is expensive. Its supposedly BEAUTIFUL, but we made do on Rarotonga, which is the main island and the capital, cos we couldnt afford the extra.

We stayed at the Edgewater Resort, which was really good. GOt a great room only aobut 50 m from the waters edge with a fantastic view of the sunset. THe room was pretty basic, but very clean and cleaned every day and a basket of fruit on arrival and breakfast included every day. And free activites at the hotel most days.
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Posted 16 May 2005 - 12:30 PM

I went to Aitutaki, and it is beautiful, but I'd make Rarotonga my main port of call and just do a couple of days in Aitutaki as apart from lolling about and the lagoon tour there's not a lot to do and not much variety in the food available etc. The lagoon is spectacular though - so it's well worth a visit of a few days, if you can afford it.

The places to stay in Aitutaki are either horrendously expensive - eg, $800 a night or full on budget accom with loads of mozzies etc. There are a couple of middle of the road places but they are not on the best bit of beach, so you couldn't swim in the sea right from your beachfront room.

In Rarotonga we first stayed on Muri beach, which was a very nice beach with some excellent restaurants and lovely views of the little islands (motus) just over the bay. We got married on one of them!

After we got back from Aitutaki we stayed on the south side of the island which is famed for having the best snorkelling. If/when we go back I think we'd rent a house rather than staying in a resort, and we'd stay on the south side of the island, near Fruits of Rarotonga (it will all make sense when you get there).



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Posted 16 May 2005 - 03:28 PM

I have done a little research on the Cook Islands and yes it is more expensive than Vanuatu or Fiji but if you see pictures of the lagoon at Aitutaki - you will fall in love! It looks absolutely gorgeous!

Now I just have to find a way to fund the honeymoon......hmmmm honeymoon registry here I come!

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 04:57 PM

smile.gif sounds so nice... we have a quote for 7days on Raro and 3 days in Aitutaki and it is quite pricey but sounds well worth it.... Having a long hard think about it all now... dry.gif
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Posted 16 May 2005 - 05:09 PM

We stayed on the south side, at Palm Grove, was lovely there, and yes, I know about the Fruits of Raro area, we snorkelled there, and wow, how awsome was that! I had to admit to be a bit nervous of largish fish, they were so beautiful, and I kept going back, but I didnt like it if they brushed up against me!

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 10:00 AM

QUOTE (Belladoah @ May 16 2005, 05:09 PM)
I had to admit to be a bit nervous of largish fish, they were so beautiful but I didnt like it if they brushed up against me!

laugh.gif I don't blame you, that would freak me out too!

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 10:23 AM

huh.gif as long as that largish fish isn't a shark!
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