The Honeymoon Island of Aitutaki
Nowadays, it’s difficult to find a geniune honeymoon vacation place where the surroundings are pristine and unspoiled and the romantic ambiance still in effect. Thankfully, lovers still have Aitutaki. One of the primary islands within the southern Cook Islands, Aitutaki radiates an amazing elegance, not suffocated by a lot of tourism. This off-the-beaten way vacation spot presents newly-weds on their honeymoon and vacationers a haven of peace. And so, not unexpectedly the “honeymoon island” has become a nickname for Aitutaki.
The island is divided into several villages. Arutanga is considered to be the main town as it is home to many shops, restaurants, some banks, and the post office. The northern part of the island has the most number of accommodation facilities for tourists, and is locally called Amuri. Aitutaki is world famous for its spectacular lagoon, and a visit to the island is not complete without experiencing its magnificence. The lagoon is said to be so stunning that it will leave a lasting impression to anyone who sees it.
The Aitutaki Lagoon, which exudes vibrant hues of indigo blue, turquoise, and jade green, is surrounded by bright colorful coral formations and 15 small islets also called motu. The Aitutaki islets’ clear water and natural beauty are said to rival those of Bora Bora Tahiti. For a romantic escapade, you can easily book a boat cruise to any of the palm tree fringed islets, and experience a relaxing picnic on one of their soft white sandy beaches. Some of the islets that are popular stops for lagoon cruises include One Foot Island and Akaiami, which is peaceful and is rich with coral reefs. One Foot Island has gained its popularity because of its white sandy beach, its own blue lagoons, and a post office box, which is considered to be one of the world’s most remote.
Aside from swimming and sunbathing, you can also explore the ocean floor and see various marine creatures around the lagoon by snorkeling and diving. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can ditch the organized cruise lagoon tours, and get yourself a kayak or a canoe to explore the uninhabited Aitutaki Lagoon islets on your own. Fly fishing within the lagoon area and game fishing on the open ocean can also be arranged. On dry land, embark on an exciting safari or walking tour into the island’s jungle region.
The luxurious Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is the only resort on the island that has its own private island naked Akitua. The resort provides the most wonderful views of famous Aitutaki Lagoon. Fortunately, the resort offers non-hotel guests a day pass to enjoy the view and access their water sports equipment, beaches, bars, restaurants, and spa facility. You can even ask the resort to arrange an intimate candlelit dinner by the beach.
Other notable sites you should not miss visiting while in Aitutaki include the educational Ministry of Marine Resources, the fun 9-hole Aitutaki Golf Club, the busy Aratunga Wharf and the bustling Saturday market at the Orongo Center. Reaching the island can be challenging because of its location, but it is still quite possible. To access Aitutak, you will need to take a 45-minute flight from Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands.