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A KOTA'S EYE VIEW*
The Islands from the air
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A stunning new beauty is revealed when the Cook Islands are seen from the air.   These superb aerial pictures were kindly provided by Ewan Smith who's managing director of Air Rarotonga - the airline of the Cook Islands.   Click on any picture to open a larger version in a new window or tab.   But a word of warning...the images are very big and could take a long time to load unless you have a broadband connection.  Find out more about each island by clicking on its name.
*  The kota or Great Frigate Bird is the unoffical emblem of the Cook Islands.  I thought it was a bit more imaginative than calling this page a bird's eye view!  And if you want to know more about the kota, visit the  Cook Islands Biodiversity Website.
NORTHERN GROUP 
Penrhyn aerial
PENRHYN
Northernmost Island

Rakahanga aerial
RAKAHANGA
Remote and mysterious

Manihiki aerial
MANIHIKI
Island of pearls

Pukapuka aerial
PUKAPUKA
"Island of Desire"

Suwarrow aerial
SUWARROW
"Treasure Island"

SOUTHERN GROUP
Rarotonga aerial
RAROTONGA
Capital island

Palmerston aerial
PALMERSTON
An Englishman's legacy

Aitutaki aerial
AITUTAKI
The real blue lagoon

Mangaia aerial
MANGAIA
Grandfather of the Pacific

Islands not shown here are NASSAU in the Northern Group, and MAUKE, TAKUTEA, ATIU, MANUAE and MITIARO in the Southern Group.
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