The Cook Islands lies within the continent of Oceania and contains 15 islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. The northern islands are well known for their coral and the southern islands have a lot of volcanic activity. Rarotonga is the biggest island in the nation and is usually the transition point for movement to other islands.
The Cook Islands is a self-governed nation but has a close relationship with New Zealand. It is known for its beautiful beaches, marine life, and fishing. The country's major industries are tourism and fishing.