August 31, 2011 10:14 ET

Time to Discover the South Pacific's Best Kept Secret, Urge DialAFlight

DialAFlight Spotlights the Cook Islands, the Perfect Polynesian Stopover

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2011) - Travel experts DialAFlight have picked out the Cook Islands, a cluster of fifteen islands and two reefs to the north east of New Zealand, as the perfect tropical stopover. With the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand not much more than a week away DialAFlight, who offer flights to New Zealand (http://www.dialaflight.com/flights/newzealand/), think it's the perfect time to bring this little slice of paradise to the attention of British travellers. It could be the perfect way to unwind after a month of rugby.

In the latest instalment of DialAFlight's Travel Secrets from the Red Chair series, Andy Price of Cook Island Tourism explores the many ways in which the Cook Islands embody the perfect island paradise everyone dreams of escaping to.

The key to the Cook Islands singular appeal perhaps lies in their remoteness. The Islands remain mercifully untouched by the less appealing side-effects of mass tourism and visitors will find none of the huge resorts that can blight similar destinations. Instead, a genuinely peaceful island escape replete with sparsely populated beaches and luxurious small-scale accommodation awaits discovery.

This peaceful haven is the perfect romantic destination but the islands' appeal isn't limited to faultless beaches and emerald seas, there's plenty of amazing Polynesian culture to explore. Price particularly recommends the buzzing Saturday market in Rarotonga, where visitors can shop amongst locals for fresh seafood and locally produced clothing and homeware.

Further highlights include exceptional diving and truly remarkable whale watching opportunities. Indeed, the Islands are fringed by numerous spots where humpback whales can be spotted frolicking around the nearby reefs.

Finally, this paradise is more affordable than you might think. As Peter Stephens, Managing Director of DialAFlight, points out, the Cook Islands are actually better priced than other Polynesian retreats like Fiji and Tahiti. Visit the DialAFlight website for holidays and flights to the Cook Islands.

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