Cook Islands- The best kept secret in South Pacific bonefishing

The island of Aitutaki, located in the heart of the South Pacific, is one of the most picturesque and productive bonefish flats in the world and also one of the world’s best-kept secrets in fly-fishing.  The Cook Islands are comprised of 15 islands and the hub of the bonefish action is in Aitutaki, just a short flight away from Rarotonga.  The islands were named by British explorer, Captain James Cook, when he arrived there in 1771 and while this island nation is in free association with New Zealand, the culture is distinctly Polynesian.  The local people are lovely and hospitable and the islands are resplendent in rich traditions passed down from their Tahitian ancestors as well as many of their own.   

The Cook Islands offer outstanding opportunities for recreation, from fishing to snorkeling, as well as relaxation.  Aitutaki is home to some of the most pristine, white-sand beaches and water the color of a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, and for this reason, it is an ideal destination for devout anglers, couples and families alike.  The fact that non-stop flights run from Los Angeles to Rarotonga makes this destination impossibly easy to get to from the United States, which means you can be sipping that cold drink out of a coconut much sooner than you think.               

Country Facts

Country Requirements:  You will be asked to produce upon arrival: a valid passport, a return ticket, and evidence of funds for maintenance.  Visas required for stays of over 31 days. 

Languages:  English and Cook Islands Māori

Capital:  Avarua

Main Air / Access Hub:  Rarotonga (RAR)

Population:  15,000

Currency:  New Zealand Dollar (NZD) supplemented with local coinage

Electricity:  220/240 volts

Time:  -10 Hours Greenwich

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