Everything You Need To Know About Australia’s Heard And Mcdonald Islands

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The major emphasis for Aitutaki is its magnificent lagoon, Mangaia has historical history, pure beauty and underground caves, while Atiu has native birdlife, plantlife and deserted bays and beaches. Air Rarotonga is the Cook Islands solely home airline with daily flights to/from Raro to Aitutaki, and regular weekly flights from/to Raro and Mangaia, or Atiu.

Warm, calm waters make the seashore perfect for paddlers and swimmers, whereas wildlife-lovers ought to hold their eyes peeled for iguanas and big sea turtles. Shade can be hard to come back by although, and naturists head to the east finish of the seaside – so keep west should you choose to keep things coated up.


It can also be attainable to do a 3 island hop combining Rarotonga – Atiu – Aitutaki. The Cook Islands is a Polynesian island nation, while Fiji is a Melanesian destination. Both have very completely different cultural heritage, yet every shares their favoured positions as tropical South Pacific locations. The Cook Islands has a very a lot smaller land mass in comparison with Fiji. Additionally the Cook Islands has a low population – some 18,000 folks in total.

We stayed at a beautiful house referred to as Kathy’s Retreat however is large and within the hills not removed from the seaside. We visited NZ for 4 weeks in Feb/March 2011 and are properly and really hooked in your beautiful nation and friendly folks.

  • And the Fijian people welcome visitors with warm, friendly smiles.
  • One of Australia’s go-to tropical escapes, Fiji ticks all of the fantasy island bins.
  • White-sand seashores, translucent turquoise waters, and teeming coral reefs are all discovered here in abundance.
  • Most visitors come right here both by water – swooshing in on kayaks or small boats – or on foot, to ramble around the park’s lush forests.
  • Set deep in the heart of New Zealand’s wonderful Abel Tasman National Park, Awaroa is hemmed in by clover-green native bush and seas that sparkle like freshly blown glass.

We are not strong swimmers but would relish a bit of snorkelling in the safer shallower lagoons/sea. For a extra indepth cultural immersion (less vacationers and larger local inhabitants) a visit to 1/a number of of the outer islands will provide this.

Cast away within the protected Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of southern Mozambique, Benguerra is a spot the place sandbars shimmer like nacre and leggy flamingoes pick their means delicately via the channels. A quick sail by dhow east of the town of Vilanculos, the fine sand here is fringed by a two-mile-lengthy coral reef, while migrating humpbacks and huge whale sharks move majestically further offshore. The shot-silk waters are also residence to the biggest dugong population within the western Indian Ocean, and inland you’ll find congregations of crocodiles and all method of chook species.

The tourism business is newer within the Cook Islands, with tourism actions being evenly dispersed round essentially the most incessantly visited islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Seagrass Bay is the quietest and prettiest, but if its real journey you’re after, head slightly further off-shore to stand up near the magnificent sea-life in a submersible. Found on Fernando de Noronha,an archipelago of volcanic islands between Brazil and Africa, Praia do Sancho is constantly voted one of many world’s greatest seashores. Flights from mainland Brazil take about an hour, then you must hike, scooch down slender rock tunnels and descend steep ladder steps to succeed in the golden palm-fringed sands.

You’ll discover no shortage of beautiful beaches in Grenada, but tranquil, sheltered Grand Anse is one of the greatest. Two miles of milky-white sand on the western, leeward side of the island, it’s a brief water-taxi journey from the capital of St George’s, and is ignored by a few of Grenada’s best resorts. You gained’t need for something here, whether or not it’s goblet-sized G&Ts, market stalls or seahorses that swoosh around snorkellers. Its sieved-flour sand and crystalline waters stay pristine, whereas the nearby reefs supply a few of the best diving within the Caribbean.


Our price range will not stretch to luxurious (sadly) on the Cook Islands, we would quite spend our money visiting the NZ places we missed last time. So, we’re taking a look at four nights most, someplace personal and quiet.