Our previous visit was five years ago and the now the island has become so much busier with tourists and traffic which many will view as a good thing.
What isn’t so good however, is the increase in rubbish, and the chooks that are now totally out of control.
The noise from the roosters and hens, the nuisance and the excrement they leave everywhere is unacceptable to tourists and needs urgent attention.
If you are looking to attract quality visitors the Cook Islands Government needs to divert some of the windfall from the increased tourist numbers to get on top of both of these issues as they combine to make your beautiful island look “third world”.
Pete and Sue Jenkins
Editor’s note: The increase in rubbish has been noted and commented on by other visitors. Many organisations and individuals on the island are doing their best to bring it under control. It’s the first time CINews has seen a complaint about the proliferation of chooks, but we suspect reducing the island’s hen and rooster population might be in the realms of “Mission Impossible”.