Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Have you ever been to a place and it was better than what you had imagined?
Aitutaki, Cook Islands, by far has been one of the most magical places my toes have touched. If you have never heard of this island, it is known to be the world’s most beautiful lagoon and I can say it definitely lives up to its reputation. We arrived early in the morning and rented a car, not really knowing what to expect, drove a short distance to the opposite side of the island from the port. We park and realize you have to take a water taxi over to this private resort on the lagoon. This resort is called Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, we called the front desk from a hut with a phone on a pole and asked if we could do day passes and come over. So we hop on the taxi, take the short 2 min ride over and land on one of the prettiest pieces of properties I have ever seen.
Aitutaki, also traditionally known as Araura and Utataki, is one of the Cook Islands, north of Rarotonga. It has a population of 2,000. Aitutaki is the second most visited island of the Cook Islands. During the 1950’s Aitutaki’s lagoon was used as a stopover for TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) flying boats on the famous Coral Route.
We arrived at the resort and was immediately greeted at the front desk and then escorted down to the waterfront. We all just stood in amazement of how blue the water was. This place is what desktop screensavers are made of.
When you purchase a day pass, you get a couple of complimentary drinks, lunch, and dessert. You also get the use of the facilities and non-motorized water sports such as kayaks and paddleboards.
We walked through the resort to the tip and witnessed a wedding ceremony, talk about exchanging vows in one of the most romantic places, a dream come true. The steel drums were playing and the island had a constant light breeze. I felt like the water got prettier with every step we took.
You can leave your snorkel gear at home because of the water being so clear and fish so vibrant in color, you can see everything from the surface. The resort itself is Adults-Only and they do have overwater bungalows. Personally, I liked the beachside bungalows just as much. They also have bikes for the guests to use to easily access all the amenities. The resort also has complimentary airport transfer.
The Cook Islands are magical and I would highly recommend staying at least a couple of nights at this resort. Sometimes you just need to escape for a bit and appreciate life and all of its beauty.