This was the first trip to the Cook Islands that are located west of French Polynesia and east of Fiji.  Stayed a few days in Rarotonga and a couple of days in Aitutaki.  Also stopped in Honolulu on the way back.

 

Rarotonga; Aitutaki

The two main islands are Rarotonga and Aitutaki that are separated by a forty five minute flight.  Rarotonga is the largest island in the country but still only about 30 miles around.  The main town of Avarua is located on the north-central coast and the airport is not far west of the town.  There are numerous hotels, motels and apartment rentals scattered around the perimeter coast.  Stayed at the Rarotongan Hotel on the southwest coast of Rarotonga, and at the Aitutaki Lagoon Hotel located at the north end of Aitutaki near the airport.  

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Aitutaki Island

Rarotonga Island