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Cook Island airport
After another seemingly endless flight I arrived on Rarotonga airport, without a doubt the smallest airport I have ever seen.

After the stairs where placed, I was able to leave the airplane and enter Paradise, after stepping out of the airplane and taking a second to deal with the extreme change in temperature I looked around and I knew that I was in for a treat.

After 9 days in the busy L.A. and a day of travelling this was just the place I needed to be. After a short wait at the airport I got into the minivan of my hostel Vara's Beach House which was already waiting for me and a few other guests. After a 10 minute drive we arrived at the beach house located right on a beautiful beach.

After unpacking a few things, I changed into my swimming attire and spend the rest of the day and infact most of my 11 days stay in and around the lagoon.
One of the small islands


In the hostel, which was excellent, I met a few very friendly people all with different travel stories and we had a great time talking and enjoying some whisky under the star filled sky. Apart from the beach there are also a few very nice bars to hang out at night although I cannot remember any names.

One day I actually felt the need to do something and I decided to go for a walk up to hills, during my walk I came past a waterfall with a small pond where several people were relaxing in the cool water, and although I never really made it up very high I still had a very interesting walk.
Now that I am back I can honestly say that my time on the Cook Islands was one of the best times I have ever had anywhere, the environment was great, the people I met were awesome, the weather was ideal, and the hostel was also excellent.
Me on the beach


I would highly recommend a visit to the Cook Islands for anyone that is thinking about it, it is the perfect place to relax.

For the more active types you can go diving, deep sea fishing, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and without a doubt much more.

The hostel I staying in had great facilities it had a massive BBQ, internet, laundry, shops nearby, a place which rents out snorkeling and kayaking gear etc. And on top of all of that it was also very affordable. (for more information read my review of vara's beach house).

After 11 days the time had come to say goodbye to the Cook Islands and head off to Auckland NZ
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Cook Island airport
Cook Island airport
One of the small islands
One of the small islands
Me on the beach
Me on the beach
Another one of the small islands
Another one of the small islands
Photo during my hike
Photo during my hike
Me on the only road of Rarotonga
Me on the only road of Rarotonga
Another photo during my hike made …
Another photo during my hike made…
The beach photo taken from the Hos…
The beach photo taken from the Ho…
The ocean view from the hostel
The ocean view from the hostel
Special effect photo by someone el…
Special effect photo by someone e…
The shack that rented out gear for…
The shack that rented out gear fo…
The sundeck of Varas Beach house
The sundeck of Vara's Beach house
Island Night
Island Night
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photo by: glennisnz