Archive for October, 2011

2 Weeks in the Cook Islands- By Frank Lazzaro

October 28, 2011

Those travelers looking for an authentic Polynesian south seas experience without the exorbitant price tag
should look no further than the alluring Cook Islands. A nine hour flight from  LAX (1 weekly nonstop) mkje the main island of Rarotonga fairly easy to reach and well worth the trip. Once a New Zealand territory, the main language is English, and the exchange rate is quite a bit better than their cousins in
Tahiti. Popular itineraries are 6 day or 13 day, limited by the flight schedules. We opted for the long stay, since it was our anniversary, and spent 7 nights on Rarotonga, and 5 nights on its sister atoll, the amazing Aitutaki.
The Muri Beach Club was a great choice for us: adults only, only 24 rooms, and right on Muri beach, the best on the island. From here you have easy access to the tiny offshore islands ( motus) perfect for a kayak picnic, snorkeling, and swimming in crystal clear water. Other activities on Raro include nature hikes
with the intrepid guide Pa, visits to the waterfall, a myriad of water sports, diving, boating, fishing, and surfing to name a few. An inexpensive and reliable bus service makes transportation a breeze around the island. It is virtually impossible to get lost sinve the island is round ( the bus has only 2 routes- clockwise or “anti”clockwise!). There are so many great dining choices on Rarotonga, with restaurants for all tastes and budgets, and they even have decent nightlife on the weekends. “Island
Nights” also feature traditional Polynesian food and dance almost every night at a different location.

Landing on Aitutaki is like literally stepping back in time to a simpler way of life in a true island paradise setting. Here we opted for Tamanu Beach resort, another amazing little all bungalow hideaway on a stunning palm fringed beach, with top notch snorkeling  just steps from the sand . Home to one of the most beautiful lagoons on the South Pacific, the best way to see this tiny group of islands is by booking a lagoon cruise. Here you will have a chance to snorkel, see giant clams, visit the ubiquitous One Foot Island (one of the most photographed beaches in the world) and have an authentic Polynesian barbecue lunch on an idyllic little island. We lovesd the cruise so  much, we did it twice with 2 different tour companies. Both had something different
to offer, so we were never bored with the locations or activities served. Aitutaki also has some great places to eat, our favorites were Koro Café for
lunch and the Boat Shed for an amazing seafood dinner and drinks. After our 2 weeks in the Cook Islands, we came home feeling so refreshed, relaxed and
renewed in our love that we will always hold that place very close to our hearts. Cook Islands are a great choice for a honeymoon, romantic getaway or
destination wedding. For more information on booking your trip to the Cook Islands, please visit