Still in the Cook Islands, I wanted to chat about the other frequently visited island of Aitutaki:
Aitutaki – Araura Enua
Less than an hour’s flight from Rarotonga is the beautiful island of Aitutaki. The breathtaking allure of its crystal clear turquoise waters and sparkling white beaches is an essential ingredient in any Cook Island holiday. Legend has it that Maungapu, Aitutaki’s highest hill at one time resided at the top of Rarotonga’s Raemaru Peak and was brought to Aitutaki by victorious warriors after a fierce battle.” The lagoon is approximately 28 miles around with many islands (motus) dotted on the reef.
While many travelers visit Aitutaki for the day from Rarotonga, I highly suggest a visit of at least 3 nights to enjoy the water, beaches, and people of Aitutaki.
A visit to “One Foot Island” (Tapuaetai) is a must. Don’t forget your passport for this most important stamp. There are a number of great small tours that will take you out into the lagoon and “One Foot Island” to snorkel (try to see the multi-colored lips of the clams in the reef, enjoy the sun, and have a great lunch. During lunch and the trip back in the afternoon usually includes local music and singing.
There is a range of accommodation on Aitutaki as well as dining options in and out of the hotels. There are even a few self-contained units where you can make your own meals should you wish.
However long you stay on Aitutaki, this is the island that is an escape to relax and enjoy the slower pace. Immerse yourself into the local lifestyle of these lovely people.