Suwarrow

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Travel Guide Oceania Polynesia Cook Islands Suwarrow

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Introduction

Suwarrow is an island in the northern group of the Cook Islands in the south Pacific Ocean. It is about 1,300 kilometres south of the equator and 930 kilometres north-northwest of the capital island of Rarotonga.

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Geography

Suwarrow is a roughly quadrilateral-shaped coral atoll, 80 kilometres in circumference, with over 20 small islets (motu) surrounding a central lagoon 19 by 8 kilometres. Cyclones have often created storm surges which sweep over the atoll since its small component of land is extremely low-lying.

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Weather

The Cook Islands have a tropical climate, meaning warm and humid weather year round but with constant sea breezes bringing some relief on the hotter summer days. November to April are summer months when it is around 28 °C during the day on Rarotonga and a bit warmer on Aitutaki which is more to the north. Temperatures at night are usually just 5 °C cooler or so. These months also have the most rain, with some tropical downpours during the afternoon, followed by sunshine again. Sometimes, several rainy days are possible. This is also the time that hurricanes are a possibility, although these don't strike every year of course. Wintermonths are cooler, especially on the most southern islands (around 25 °C during the day) but also drier and sunnier. Aitutaki has smaller differences between summer and winter regarding temperatures and the northern islands even less so.

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Getting There and Around

The only way to visit the island is with a private yacht or by chartered expedition from Rarotonga, and visitors require permits from the park authorities before being permitted to land.

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