Imagine 15 tiny islands spreading over 2.5 million square kilometres in the Pacific Ocean. All together represent the Cook Islands.
One of them, and decidedly the most beautiful island, is Aitutaki.
Picturing the centre of the Polynesian Triangle, Aitutaki is located approximately 3’200 kilometres east of New Zealand, 1’100 kilometres west of Tahiti, and 4’600 kilometres south of Hawaii.
And on Aitutaki, right on the beach where sunsets are breathtaking, is Etu Moana, a luxury Cook Island Boutique Hotel.
Aitutaki is a little paradise, affectionately known as “small slice of heaven”. It is home to approximately 1800 people and arguably the world’s most wonderful lagoon of approximately 52 square kilometres (18.8580° S, 159.7853° W).
To see this turquoise, crystal clear lagoon with white sand bars and 15 green motus (islets) that fringe the surf-topped coral reef is truly a lifetime experience. Secluded and romantic, it holds a compelling allure for honeymooners. Protected and blessed by nature, the lagoon is a paradise for water sports and fishing, and host of international competitions.
The volcanic lush green island is tiny, approximately 18 square kilometres, and only 16 kilometres to circumnavigate. Quiet, palm-fringed roads connect eight little villages. The highest point of the Island is Maunga Pu (124 meter), from where you have a breath-taking bird’s eye view over the island and the turquoise lagoon. Walking on the beach at night is safe, and the starry sky with the Milky Way is overwhelming.
Life in Aitutaki moves at a wonderful relaxed tempo. Women still wear flowers in their hair, and you will sense that happiness is still alive.
There are no international direct flights to Aitutaki. We are far too remote.
However, it’s only a 45-minute flight from Rarotonga, where all international flights to the Cook Islands arrive. Air Rarotonga provides several flights per day between Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
Most international flights depart from Auckland, however there are interesting alternative routes you might not know.
Due to the various restrictions and requirement related to the Covid-19 pandemic, international air traffic is just starting to recover...
Check the direct flights from Sydney, Los Angeles, and Tahiti to find the cheapest and most convenient option.
Use either Auckland or Los Angeles as gate to the Cook Islands. For details see above.