Here’s why the Cook Islands is the world’s hottest new eco destination

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 May 2015

Dotted in the South Pacific, south of Hawaii and only six hours non-stop from Sydney, lies the small, beautiful archipelago of the Cook Islands. A group of only fifteen islands, all surrounded by topaz coloured water. At the heart of the nation is the main island, Rarotonga, home to the majority of the country’s 12,000 residents.

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Explore colourful modern art on a remote island in the Pacific

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 May 2015

When we think of modern art we think of the Tate Modern or the MOMA. But the tiny nation of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific is also offering itself to tourists as a budding modern art scene, but in a truly tropical environment… and the weather is definitely better here than in London or NY (we might argue the art is, too!).

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Ever cooked your lunch in an underground pit? This cultural trip expects you to!

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 April 2015

First we used the oven and BBQ for cooking, then the microwave. Now with the move to paleo we choose not to cook our food all! However, in the island of Aitutaki, an atoll in the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands, the best way to cook your food is in an underground oven.

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Aitutaki in The Cook Islands is home to the fifty shades of BLUE

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 April 2015

‘You are going to love Aitutaki’, said everyone. At Lost At E Minor, we love a challenge and we challenge you to find a bluer lagoon than that of Aitutaki nestled in the middle of the Cook Islands archipelago.

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Would you like to live on an island with 10,000 kilos of fish swimming around you?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in News on Thursday 26 March 2015

In Hungary, a small house on a small island located right smack in the middle of a 120-square-meter man-made pond is up for grabs. Well, maybe not for you and I who don’t care much for isolation but certainly for fishing lovers eyeing the 10,000 kilos of fish swimming happily in the pond. There are carps, breams and sturgeons galore, swimming happily about with nary a worry in their world till doomsday comes.

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Swedish guy offers free stay on private island for creatives

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 28 March 2014

This is for real: Singapore-based Swedish author Fredrik Härén, is now inviting creatives to stay at his private island near Stockholm for free. The idea came to him when he bought his first island in the Philippines as a creative escape, and wanted to share the experience when he bought a second island in Sweden. […]

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Welcome to Tashirojima, Japan, aka Cat Island

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 6 December 2013

Tashirojima is a small island in Japan with a weird population. No, the 100 human inhabitants are not what I’m talking about. It’s just that there are more cats here than humans. The island is known as Cat Island because of its thriving stray cat population. Locals believe that cats bring wealth and good luck, […]

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Abandoned sea fort, reborn as private island hotel

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 September 2013

The Spitbank Fort boutique hotel, designed like a private island off Portsmouth Harbor in Hampshire, England, has its roots as an abandoned sea fort that used to defend against naval attacks from the French. What a place! It looks pretty darn fantastical.

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Hashima island, the real-life battleship island of Skyfall

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 December 2012

Remember the deserted island seized by Javier Bardem’s deranged Bond villain in Skyfall? That’s a real place in Japan. Located 15km off the coast of Nagasaki, Hashima island (also known as Gakuranman) used to host a flourishing mining town, but was subsequently abandoned by its inhabitants in the 70s when Japan’s reliance on coal dwindled.

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Luxury yacht comes with its own private Island

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 13 April 2012

Why settle for your own private island when you can bring the entire island, complete with a miniature volcano, lush tropics, beach huts and clear waters, with you on board your yacht? Now you can move anywhere in the world, and your home, plus the land it sits on, can join you for the ride, too. This tropical island yacht project is designed by UK-based Yacht Island Designs.

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