The largest, most populated and most visited of the Cook Islands group, "Raro" (is it's known to the locals) is a stress free zone.
This could be the classic Pacific Island paradise many expect: sandy beaches, warm weather all year round, excellent scuba, protected lagoons for snorkelling and lush inland areas that provide a spectacular backdrop to the sandy, palm tree lined fringes.
Hiring a scooter is the most popular way to get around: Licences are easy to obtain ($20 for 1 year, and they make an excellent souvenir) and the entire Island is encompassed by a 32km road that can be covered relatively quickly. 40km is the nominal speed limit for those who don't wear a helmet (most don't) and given Raro runs on "Island time" there's no need to rush anyway.
Locals insist it's the best island in the Pacific and many visiters will find it hard to disagree. It also acts as the seat of government and as a hub for travel to the other Cook Islands. So grab your swimwear and choose your place to stay: the South East is popular among the backpacking crew, while the West side is popular amongst couple for the spectacular sunsets. You will not be disappointed.