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Pristine white-sand beaches, coconut palms rustling in the wind, and coral reefs teeming with tropical fish – it’s no surprise that the Polynesians who discovered the Cook Islands thousands of years ago were so eager to stay. Spread across an area of the Pacific three times the size of Texas, the archipelago is comprised of 15 islands and atolls. The largest of them, Rarotonga, is home to rugged mountains and ringed by reefs that create shallow lagoons perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Venture inland to find a network of hilly trails that criss-cross the island’s volcanic centre, or into Rarotonga, the islands’ capital, to lap up the warm and hospitable atmosphere. To the north, Aitutaki Island has a vast lagoon surrounded by coral reefs and small, sandy islets. Discover its fascinating history with a full-circle cruise that puts song, dance and storytelling centre stage, or visit the vibrant local markets to browse a selection of hand-painted silks, wood-carved ukuleles and volcanic stones. Further afield is Atiu, famed for its population of birds. This quieter island has more idyllic beaches and secluded coves to explore, as well as millenia-old caves immersed in lush rainforest. There’s a range of accommodation options on the Cook Islands, from luxury hotel resorts and private villas to humble bungalows and friendly guesthouses.