White sandy beaches dotted by palm trees is the picture that Aitutaki paints, making it the perfect retreat to simply unwind or partake in some interesting and fun watersport activities. Ranking second in popularity only to Rarotonga, this Cook Islands destination is especially known for its spectacular coral lagoon. The island is tucked away from the advances and developments that the world has seen through the years. The island has a relaxed charm that you would associate with the past, almost as if time freezes while on the island. The island has about two thousand plus residents who warmly welcome visiting tourists.
One-foot Island in Aitutaki is speckled with lagoons and sandy beaches. It has the perfect setting for snorkeling, especially around the reef, away from the rocky ledges. You will also find the most secluded post-office here in One-foot Island. For one of the best swimming experiences in Aitutaki, you would want to stop by O’otu beach. Be sure to carry a pair of reef shoes and keep your eyes peeled, for you might just spot a hermit crab.
Taro, bananas, coconuts and tropical fruits are abundant in Aitutaki, and in the local cuisine as well. Dairy products like milk are almost non-existent in the traditional food, but you will find vegetables, fruits and seafood in surplus. The food is often served on plantain leaves, in outdoor settings. Traditional food at Aitutaki includes coconut-fed pork, beef, lamb and chicken that is served with vegetables.
Activities in Aitutaki
Whale watching is a common sport most tourists partake in while here. If you visit Aitutaki between July and October, there is a good chance that you can spot them from the shorelines. Else, try going snorkeling or fishing, if you want to spot humpback whales. Kayaking is the perfect pick of activity for lazy afternoons. If you have some more energy, try going diving in the crystal clear waters of Aitutaki. You will get a good view of turtles, eagle rays, tropical fish, reef sharks and more. Snorkeling is a good way to go about exploring the diverse marine life in Aitutaki as well.
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are an archipelago of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand, between French Polynesia and American Samoa. There are 15 major islands spread over 2,200,00km2.
The two most renowned and popular tourist islands are Rarotonga