The Fabric of Life

Pearl farming is the lifeblood of these small, remote and very special Cook Islands communities. It infuses every aspect of business and community life.

They understand that preserving their lagoon ecology is essential in order to have a vibrant pearl industry to pass on to their children. This desire for a sustainable future has led Manihikians to enshrine the careful stewardship of their lagoon in a wide-ranging Lagoon Management Plan.

For young and old, the colourful fabric of remote island life is interwoven with respect, belief and a strong sense of community.

For these warm and welcoming people, pearls are their past, present and future.