Welcome to Penrhyn
Penrhyn is the northernmost of the Cook Islands and boasts one of the largest lagoons in the country – so huge that the twin islands on opposite sides of the lagoon are barely visible from each other. Penrhyn has three deepwater passages that make excellent harbours, a fact that attracted whalers and traders in the 19th century. Peruvian blackbirders (slave traders) also visited the island in the 1860s. Penrhyn is another centre for black-pearl production and some interesting shell jewellery is produced on the island. The remains of a crashed B17 bomber are reminders of the WWII US servicemen who were stationed here and built the airstrip.
Soa’s Guesthouse is run by Soa Tini, a local fisherman and pearl farmer, who has a three-bedroom family house in the centre of Omoka village.