Escape to an idyllic paradise
The Cook Islands were first settled in the 6th century by Polynesian people who migrated from Tahiti, an island 1154 km to the northeast of Cook Islands. The first European sighting of Pukapuka (northern islands) by Spanish sailor was in 1595. A Portuguese captain, made the first European landing on Rakahanga (northern islands) in 1606, calling it Gente Hermosa (beautiful people).
British navigator Captain James Cook arrived in 1773 and 1777 and named the islands the Hervey Islands; the name “Cook Islands”, in honour of Cook, appeared on a Russian naval chart published in the 1820s.