The Cook Islands is an island nation known for its beaches, fishing, and diversity of marine creatures, coral, and plant species. The island nation is self-governed with close political and economic ties to New Zealand. It is made up of 15 islands divided by north and south. The northern group is known for its coral, while the southern group contains many volcanoes. The islands sit within the South Pacific Ocean and Oceania between Hawaii and New Zealand.
Tourism is a primary industry along with fishing. The largest island within the Cook Islands is Rarotonga. Climate change continues to threaten the island nation.