No. of days: 6 days
Aitutaki is the second most visited island in the Cooks. This small island is surrounded by reefs which create incredible lagoons making it a favorite destination for honeymooners with its secluded location and romantic setting. You get to spend five nights at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa in an overwater bungalow situated directly on the Aitutaki Lagoon. You can jump straight into the stunning water from your bungalow. Complimentary activities include learning to snorkel, stand up paddleboard, dancing the hula, playing island drums, even husking coconuts. Resort equipment for your use include kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling gear and bicycles. Enjoy a lagoon cruise where you explore up to 75% of the lagoon going snorkeling and getting up close with tropical fish, giant clams and colorful coral. This adult only resort is the perfect location to kick back, relax and detox.
DAY BY DAY:
Day 1: Arrive into the Cook Islands at Rarotonga International Airport. You will be met after clearing customs and immigration. You will make your way to the domestic airport for your flight to Aitutaki. Upon arrival, you’ll transferred to your accommodation. Your accommodation is at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa, the only resort directly fronting the famous Aitutaki Lagoon with its breathtaking lagoon views. This all-bungalow resort features the quintessential Polynesian experience featuring the Cook Islands' only over-water bungalows. (5 nights Aitutaki)
Day 2: You have today at leisure. Enjoy use of the resorts stand-up paddle boards, snorkeling gear, sun lounges, hammocks and bicycles.
Day 3: You are off to discover Aitutaki Lagoon today on a lagoon tour. A Lagoon Tours vehicle will pick you up from your accommodation to commence a full day Snorkeling Safari tour. Explore over 75 percentage of the lagoon and experience 3 snorkel excursions and 5 motus! Swim among tropical fish, giant clams (you have to see to believe!) and brightly colored corals. Discover uninhabited islands - their white sand pristine beaches and their crystal-clear water. Enjoy delicious BBQ fish and lunch served with local side dishes. Get your passport stamped at One Foot Island! Tour concludes approximately 5 hours after commencement, at which time accommodation drop offs will commence.
Day 4: Today is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own.
Day 5: Today is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own.
Day 6: Today you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Rarotonga. On arrival you will collect your luggage and move to the International airport. You’ll check in there for your flight home.
5 Nights at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa in an Overwater Bungalow
Snorkeling Safari & Cruise to One Foot Island
Use of stand-up paddle boards, snorkeling gear, sun lounges, hammocks and bicycles
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