Aitutaki had always been on my travel wish list. I was very excited to get the opportunity to travel there recently.
It is a short 50-minute flight from Raratonga the capital of the Cook Islands to Aitutaki. As you approach the island you get your first glimpse of the beautiful lagoons and crystal clear waters, before landing on the runway which was built by the Americans during World War II. The airport is very simple and has the island feel to it.
We took a short drive to our accommodation at Tamanu Beach set on the west coast of the island. The resort is small and intimate, and made up of individual bungalows nestled in tropical gardens. It is set on a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach, with snorkelling directly in front of the hotel. And it gets the stunning sunsets too!
As well as the beach you have two swimming pools to choose from. Dining is in their open sided restaurant with views of the ocean.
A highlight when visiting Aitutaki is a lagoon cruise with snorkelling. You sail to some of the most remote sand bars and islands in the lagoon and visit two marine reserve areas.The water is turquoise, and so clear. The boat drops anchor and you can snorkel around coral reefs and see the amazing sea life. A fabulous barbeque lunch is served on One Foot islands, and you can even have your passport stamped when you get there.
The island just has a laid back feel. Not too many tourists, and very friendly locals. Definitely a must when you visit the Cook Islands!
If you'd like to experience the Cook Islands, Brian can help you get there.