In the North Cook Islands you will find the tiny Suwarrow Island, a sparsely populated coral atoll that will enchant you with its beautiful beaches, peaceful isolation and remarkable wildlife. It is only possible to visit the island through an arranged tour from Raratonga but it is worth the journey to see the rare bird species and hear the fascinating history. It is believed that the island has never been permanently inhabited although people have lived there infrequently such as Tom Neale, the famous Australian hermit and a small group of lookouts during WWII.
The island is a breeding spot for numerous rare tropical birds including the Red-Tailed Tropicbird and the not-so-rare Lesser Frigatebird and as such, is a wonderful place to spend a few hours on the beach and in the jungle studying them. The island is also famed for being the hiding place of numerous chests, full of pieces-of-eight, which have been discovered and then lost so bring your metal detector. The journey to the island takes a few hours but you may see some wonderful marine life, including manta rays and numerous fish species and upon entering the central lagoon, you will forget about everything else.
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