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 Cook Islands - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -10

Yachting Essentials

Electricity
Voltage: 240 V
Frequency: 50 Hz

Water
A small amount of water may be available at Penrhyn.
Water is available at the Port Authority cistern on Aitutaki. Rain water may be available if really needed on Palmeston.
Water is available fro several sources on Rarotonga.

Fuel
There are several fuel stations on Aitutaki and on Rarotonga.

LPG
LPG can be obtained from Warick at the airport on Penrhyn.
Bottles available at station in town on Aitutaki.
Bottles an be both re-filled and exchanged on Rarotonga.

Haulout, Repair Facilities, Marine Supplies
Rarotonga is the place for all these services.

Opening Hours

Business hours are 08:00‐16:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00‐12:00 Saturday.

Banking hours are 09:00‐15:00 Monday to Friday and 09:00‐12:00 Saturday.

Money

New Zealand dollar (NZ$), with local coinage.

Communications

See Pacific List of Radio Nets

International Dialing Code for Cook Islands is +682

DHL Courier services are available in Avarua.

Bluesky Networks is the only ISP in the Cook Islands, serving 13,000 residents and around 160,000 annual visitors. It was rebranded from Telecom Cook Islands in July 2015.

The 2 main islands, Rarotonga and Aitutaki, have 4G coverage. The outer islands service does tend to get disrupted quite frequently and is not particularly fast. It's possible to buy BlueSky access cards in most towns (and on Palmerston).

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

Emergencies:
Police 999,Fire 996,
Ambulance 998.

RCC Rarotonga
Tel:+64 4 577 8030 Fax:+64 4 577 8038/+64-4-577-8041
Search and Rescue operations in the Cook Islands are coordinated by JRCC NEW ZEALAND (RCCNZ) SRR NEW ZEALAND INMARSATSat-C (582)451 200 067

Publications

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South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Published by Imray (2001)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
This second edition contains numerous revisions to both text and plans. Warwick Clay's cruising guide covers the South Pacific from the Mariana Islands in the northwest across to the Galapagos in the east then down passed Easter Island to New Zealand in the Southwest. The guide covers this vast area in detail and virtually every anchorage is described with supporting plans produced from the author's own information.

Charlie's Charts of Polynesia
By Charles & Margo Wood
Published by Charlies Charts (6th Edition 2010)in English and French
www.charliescharts.com
ISBN 9697265-7-0
This updated edition contains a number of full color photographs to give a strong impression of the beauty and interest of the area as well as provides valuable information on the Ports of Entry in the Hawaiian Islands and South Pacific cruising areas.

South Pacific Handbook
By David Stanley
Published by Avalon Travel (8th edn, 2005)
ISBN 978-1566914116
Moon Handbooks South Pacific provides in-depth coverage of outdoor recreation, with specifics on swimming, diving, yachting, kayaking, biking, hiking, camping, climbing, caving, and horseback riding. Complete with helpful maps, photographs and illustrations, as well as useful advice on practicalities such as food, entertainment, shopping, visas, money, health, packing, and inter-island travel, this guidebook offers the tools you need for a uniquely personal experience.

Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands
By Earl R. Hinz and Jim Howard
Published by University of Hawaii Press (5th edn. 2006)
ISBN 9780824830373
The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by "Landfalls of Paradise".

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Kitty Van Hagen(2016)
Published RCCPF
See The Pacific Crossing Guide 3rd Edition
See latest updates here.

Cruising Yacht Guide to the Cook Islands
Cook Islands Ports Authority
http://www.ports.co.ck/cruiseguide.html

Cook Islands Official Tourism Website

www.cookislands.org.uk
A non-commercial site with useful information on the Cook Islands.

http://svsoggypaws.com/files/
A Compilation of Guidebook References and Cruising Reports put together by SV Soggy Paws with updates from cruisers who have used it. Lots of good information if planning on cruising these islands and many other notes for other Pacific cruising areas on the site too.

Update History

August 2018: Formalities, publications, links all updated.
May 2018: Comms info. updated with Bluesky info.
August 2017: Fees updated by boat that cleared into Aitutaki in August 2017.
June 2017: Fees updated by Stefan Decuypere.
August 2016: New link to ANA form.
June 2015: Fees updated by Beaufort 13.
June 2015: Publications checked.
July 2014: Formalities updated with ANA information and other clearance rules from Cook Islands Customs Website.
March 2013: All formatilities checked/updated.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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