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A KOTA'A'S* EYE VIEW
The Islands from the air
A stunning new beauty is revealed when the Cook Islands are seen from the air.   These superb aerial pictures were kindly provided by Ewan Smith who's managing director of Air Rarotonga - the airline of the Cook Islands.   (The copyright in each picture is his, so please contact him if you intend to reuse the photos).  Click on any picture to open a larger version in a new window or tab.   But a word of warning...the images are very big and could take a long time to load unless you have a broadband connection.  Find out more about each island by clicking on its name.
*  The kota or Great Frigate Bird is the unofficial emblem of the Cook Islands.  In the Northern Group it's known as the kotaha. The bird nests mainly on Suwarrow and Takutea.   I thought it was a bit more imaginative than calling this page a bird's eye view!  And if you want to know more about the kota (or kotaha), visit the  Cook Islands Biodiversity Website.

NORTHERN GROUP 
SOUTHERN GROUP
Penrhyn aerial,  courtesy of Ewan Smith, Air Rarotonga
Manihiki aerial, courtesy of Ewan Smith, Air Rarotonga
Rakahanga aerial,  courtesy of Ewan Smith, Air Rarotonga
Pukapuka,  courtesy of Ewan Smith, Air Rarotonga
Suwarrow aerial,  courtesy of Ewan Smith, Air Rarotonga
Rarotonga aerial,  courtesy of Ewan Smith, Air Rarotonga
Palmerston aerial,  courtesy of Ewan Smith, Air Rarotonga
Islands not shown here are NASSAU in the Northern Group, and MAUKE, TAKUTEA, ATIU, and MANUAE in the Southern Group.
Aitutaki aerial, courtesy of Ewan Smith, Air Rarotonga
Mitiaro aerial - copyright Air Rarotonga
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