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SHORTCUTS TO PARADISE:  Discover the most visited islands
NEWS FROM THE ISLANDS     An exclusive summary
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Minimum wage set to rise
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The remains of a WWII bomber lie in the undergrowth on PENRHYN
PALMERSTON is the only island that Captain Cook set foot on himself
Captain Bligh discovered AITUTAKI 18 days before the mutinty on the Bounty
Two of the 15 islands in the Cooks - TAKUTEA and MANUAE are uninhabited

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Even if you're only spending a few days in Rarotonga, there's time to explore more of the Cook Islands.    Find out where it is (and isn't) practical to visit and discover places that will reward you with  unique memories to last a lifetime
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Home Island, Suwarrow
"Images and recollections will be entwined in the realisation that this collection of disparate, far-flung islands constitutes one of the loveliest, least spoiled lands on earth"
Ewan Smith, Managing Director of Air Rarotonga in his book, 'The Cook Islands'
26 Apr-9 May: Dancer of the Year contests
26 Jul-5 Aug: Te Maeva Nui (cultural festival and celebrations)

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Home Island, Suwarrow
The Hermit of Suwarrow
Millions of seabirds calll Suwarrow home
Manta ray on the pristine reef
Mrs Robert Louis Stevenson called SUWARROW the most romantic island in the world.  It wasn't the inspiration for her husband's famous novel,  but it is a real treasure island in more ways than one.  For 15 years it was also home to just one man.  And more recently, it was claimed as the capital of a new Russian empire!

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