While the Cook Islands is a magical place, one could say an island paradise and one that many choose to return to again and again there are some things that it is better to be forewarned about.
As a Cook Island DE has recently said “it is far better to be forewarned about a situation rather than pretend all is paradise and letting ones guard down when on holiday”.
Experiences and events that may have an impact on your Cook Island holiday and handy things to know before you arrive:
1.Stonefish abound in the lagoons – Rarotonga and Aitutaki - you need thick soled water or reef shoes and to shuffle when walking in the water - a stonefish sting does not make a memorable holiday and can even be life threatening if not treated correctly.
2. Also be aware of bluebottles as they can have a pretty nasty sting. When walking on the beach if you see lots of blue bubbles attached to what look like long blue stings - do not go in the water and do not tread on them on the sand – they can still sting.
3. Pollution in the lagoon at Rarotonga can be bad - especially when it rains and all the pig faeces and other pollution run into the lagoon. Don’t eat any fish you have caught in the lagoon as you can get quite sick.
Anyone else got any others?