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Love at first sight in the Cook Islands

17:30 AEST Sat Aug 10 2013

It was love at first sight for Natalie when she visited the Cook Islands. Made up of 15 islands scattered over 2 million square kilometres of Pacific Ocean they are in the centre of the Polynesian triangle, flanked by Tonga and Samoa to the west and Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia to the east.

Rarotonga is the heartbeat of the islands. It has a 32km circumference and is dominated by high mountains with lush rainforests cascading to a palm-fringed shore.

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I totally agree with Natalie. We, that's me, my hubby Rob, and some family and friends were lucky enough to stay in Rarotonga for eight nights last August. It is my all time favourite place to go for a holiday - we were there to celebrate Robs 50th and we had the time of our lives. The place is sensational, the locals are wonderful, the food is delicious and the swimming and snorkelling in their lagoon is just magical - if you get a chance you should all go without hesitation. We didn't go to a resort, we hired a local house instead and it was very cost effective and very roomy - we wouldn't hesitate to go there again and although we have been to Fiji, Vanuatu, Noumea and all those other islands we choose to go back to Rarotonga as it is such a special place.

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