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DO NOT be casual about drugs, not even marijuana.  Though very relaxed, the caretakers are formally Customs officials and cannot turn a blind eye to illegal drugs

Emergency & Medical Services Medical and dental services are only available on the more populated islands. There is a well-equipped hospital with New Zealand trained staff situated in Rarotonga, with a smaller hospital in Aitutaki.

Vaccinations You do not need any vaccinations for the Cook Islands unless you are departing from an infected area/country. Mosquito repellent is essential and reef shoes are recommended.

Activities

As this is a marine park, it is not permitted to visit any of the other islands apart from Anchorage, without permission from the caretaker. Currently (2016), due to the rat eradication programme, there are no trips arranged to other islands.

Visiting cruisers often help with rubbish clearing on the outlying islands, in particular the first arrivals after the cyclone season. Yachts must then take this rubbish away as there is no facility for disposing of rubbish on Suwarrow.

Fishing by pot is allowed with permission from the caretaker, but no spear fishing or taking of coral, shells etc.

There are quite a lot of Black Tip Sharks and some Grey Sharks around the anchorage and reef. It is advised against throwing food scraps off the boat. There are manta rays on a coral patch close to the anchorage.  Including a 'clean station' where other fish clean the mouth an gills of the rays.

The snorkelling is wonderful if you are not nervous around sharks.

There are gigantic coconut crabs the size of garbage bin lids on the island. Be careful where you walk at night as they can break fingers and toes like snapping twigs.

kelvin
kelvin says:
May 30, 2015 01:52 AM

Please note that we undertook a rat eradication exercise on Suwarrow 2 years ago, with help from the the Critical Ecosystem Protection Fund and the European Union. We ask all yachts to be very vigilant thatthey do not bring any rats or mice to Suwarrow. This is a very important bird breeding ground for the Pacific Islands, and we need to keep it rat free. We also ask that boats are sprayed for other invasives, such as fire ants, or anything else that could destroy our paradise! If you have any suggestions about how to spread this message out to all yachts that visit Suwarrow, please let us know at info@tiscookislands.org (Te Ipukarea Society, Birdlife International partner in the Cook Islands)

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 30, 2014 09:05 AM

Lisa was in Suwarrow in August 2014 - her blog has some useful info: http://lisadorenfest.com/2014/09/17/suwarrow/

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