Cook Islands Names Top 20 Best Islands By ‘Conde Nast Traveler’

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French Polynesia’s Bora Bora, Moorea other Pacific islands on list

By Rashneel Kumar

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Oct. 23, 2015) – Cook Islands have been named in the top 20 best islands in the world by an award-winning US travel magazine.

Conde Nast Traveler, a multi-award winning luxury and lifestyle travel magazine, has rated the Cook Islands 11th based on the 128,000 travellers who took part in their 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey.

These travellers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments to help the magazine create a list of winning favourites.

Cook Islands is one of the two countries in the Pacific named in the top 20 and ranked better than internationally renowned exotic locations such as Maldives.

Tahiti’s Bora Bora and Moorea are ranked second and third, respectively, while Palawan, Philippines heads the list.

Cook Islands Tourism Corporation chief executive officer Halatoa Fua said being named in the top 20 by an influential travel magazine was an honour.

He said the achievement would add to the Cook Islands’ reputation as one of the most desired tourism destinations in the world.

"We are very excited with this news because the Cook Islands is one of only two South Pacific destinations that made the top 20" Fua said.

"Being a part of the Conde Nast Traveler list as a multi-award winning luxury and lifestyle travel magazine adds to the Cook Islands’ reputation as a highly desirable destination.

"Conde Nast is a reputable mass media company and has over 164 million consumers across its 20 print and digital media brands."

With an overall rating of 81.326, Cook Islands have been described as a "dream escape." "The Cook Islands, between New Zealand and Hawaii, are a true paradise, with coral lagoons, limestone caves, and pearl fields," the magazine said.

"Surf-minded travellers should head to the northern side of Rarotonga to find the more intense waves."

Best islands in the world: 1. Palawan, Philippines, 2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia, 3. Moorea, French Polynesia, 4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand, 5. Bermuda, 6. Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands, Australia, 7. Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, 8. Bali, Indonesia, 9. Santorini, Greece, 10. Tasmania, Australia, 11. Cook Islands, 12. British Virgin Islands, 13. St. John, USVI, 14. Mykonos, Greece, 15. Boracay, Philippines, 16. Maldives, 17. Orkney Islands, Scotland, 18. St. Lucia, 19. Cebu, Philippines, 20. Hvar and Dalmatian Islands, Croatia.

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