Cook Islands are only a five day sail from Bora Bora. Another beautiful island nation but it did have something over French Polynesia. We could speak the language the locals used.
The main island is Rarotonga. We anchored in the harbor, but it was a spider web of lines that kept us facing the ocean. It was an unprotected anchorage, but fortunately the weather was decent during our stay there.
We rented a motorcycle and toured the whole island in a few hours.
We took on a couple of hitch hikers to the Palmerston Island. The only way to get their was by boat. The Canadian couple we met didn’t want to wait the two weeks for the supply ship that visits the island, so we sailed them over.
The island is the descendants of one man named Marters. He had married three Polynesian women and placed them on a deserted island. The children he had with these women were used to work his Copra plantation. Now there are 63 family members still living on this remote island. Once a month a supply ship picks up the fish they sell and drops off supplies.
We Visited the School
The Family Graveyard
And were guided around the island by the some of the children.
The Cook Islands are underrated. I wished we have more time to explore more of the islands in the group. We would have spent more time at Palmerston, but there wasn’t a protective anchorage and the weather wasn’t cooperating, so we left after a day. In fact, the wind came up in our anchorage overnight and was pushing us onto the reef. It took us over an hour to free our anchor and sailed on to Niue.
More photos of the Cooks Ilsands