Cook Islands Warnings and Dangers
The 15 islands known as the Cook Islands are in the heart of the Pacific, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. The Cook Islands are famous for its raised coral cliffs and cave pools, but warnings and dangers also lurk.
Hold the Fish
Ciguatera is a fish that is poisonous if consumed. The toxin does not alter if you freeze or cook it at very hot temperatures. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, cramping, abdominal pain, and diarrhea and then intense itching, joint and muscle pain, and tingling of the lips. Eating more fish makes it worse. Stick to chicken or beef as this fish poison can really affect the nervous and digestive system.
Rent a Scooter
Renting a scooter can be a great way to explore the island. Just remember you’ll be driving on the left side of the road. You may consider staying in on Sundays as most places are closed. Also, driving late at night is not advisable. Dogs come out and sometimes run after tourists.
The One Pair of Shoes You Don’t Currently Own
Reef shoes. What, have you never heard of them before? Apparently, the coral is very sharp and the lagoon shallow. Hence, reef shoes. You can also wear these if you decide to go snorkeling.
Be advised that cyclone season is from November to March. Also, severe storms pop up unexpectedly and can flood the roads rather quickly. If you’re driving, it’s best to pull over and wait it out, even if you do get soaked. If you’re renting a scooter take precaution. Streets can flood very easily and cause you to have an accident.
Ask the locals before swimming in the ocean and lagoons. Sometimes the water can get polluted and cause skin irritation. When swimming near or in the lagoon near Titikaveka, it’s best to consult with the locals first.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers for the Cook Islands.