In the Cook Islands, whales come to you! The whale watching season has started early with the first sightings already off Rarotonga. Find out the best places to watch and get some expert advice on dos and don'ts in our whale watcher's guide
At around 18 million years old, MANGAIA is the most ancient island in the Pacific. It's not a beautiful island in the usual sense, but it is an island of great beauty. And tourists from the UK can expect a particularly warm welcome from residents who still call themselves British!
WHAT'S ON IN JULY
4: House of Ariki public holiday TE MAEVA NUI (Constitution celebrations): 23: Official opening, National Stadium
24: Float parade, Avarua town
25-3 Aug: Music and dance performances
26: Church and choir performances
27: Trade Day 2015 calendar