ISLAND TIME: Cook Island dancers will make you feel right at home.
ISLAND TIME: Cook Island dancers will make you feel right at home.

Cook Islands: South Pacific's best kept secrets

THE Cook Islands, is an 'unpack once' destination for lovers of easy-going cultural holidays and avid Pacific Island travellers.

With colourful culture, pristine azure waters, warm hospitable people, lush volcanic mountain scenery and wonderful cuisine, an Uplift Tours and Travel-arranged cultural tour to Cook Islands Pacific Paradise ticks all the boxes.

Since 2011, Uplift Tours and Travel director Claire McErlane has enjoyed escorting tours to the Cook Islands, and has grown passionate about the locals.

Special relationships have been built over the years, and donations from each tour now assist the local primary school and the bowls club.

Just this year, president George of the bowls club told visitors at the fourth Cook Islands Bowls Carnival how much the Australian bowlers have financially assisted the club.

With proceeds the club has received from green fees, donated bowls and clothes, providing entertainment, and not forgetting money made over the bar, the club has been able to buy two solar panels to assist with extremely high electricity bills, purchased Sky TV so they can watch world bowls events, and have invested into their juniors.

Always one of the highlights of a tour is the inspiring visit to the local primary school, run by the wonderful and committed principal Elizabeth and her team.

The children are an absolute delight, and always courteous, fun and forever respectful of their overseas visitors.

Donations are now assisting with the bi-yearly overseas educational trip which is offered to each student, regardless of the financial situation of the family.

This is an amazing feat of fund-raising capacity by the school community, and Uplift is privileged to play a small part.

This tour treats guests to many hidden delights not available to the independent traveller.

For further details, contact Uplift Tours and Travel on 32831966 or groups@uplifttours.com.


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