A magical archipelago of 15 tiny islands in the South Pacific, the Cook Islands have only 20,000 residents. These photos are from a vacation to Rarotonga and Aitutaki, the two most easily visited islands.
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Muri beach,
Rarotonga

Cook Islands dancer

An uninhabited motu off
Rarotonga, at sunset

Sunrise over the reef, Aitutaki

Aitutaki's turquoise lagoon

Before dawn, Aitutaki

Relaxing in the shallow water
of the Aitutaki lagoon

Jungle plant

Surveying the expanse of
Aitutaki's vast lagoon

The reef and Pacific from
Aitutaki's highest point

The Rarotonga needle
Te Rua Manga

Deserted beach, Rarotonga,
the Cook Islands

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