Aitutaki Discovery Safari Tours: Story of an Island, Part 2

Continued from
Aitutaki Discovery Safari Tours: Story of an Island, Part 1

Paengiriki marae, Aitutaki

Paengiriki marae, Aitutaki

While Ngaa’s (NAH-ah’s) Aitutaki Discovery Safari Tours show off some spectacular jungle and hilltop views and a gorgeous bounty of local fruit, we felt his stop at the interior’s Paengariki marae was the true highlight.

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Aitutaki Discovery Safari Tours: Story of an Island, Part 1

On our recent trip to Aitutaki, the second-largest of the Cook Islands, we didn’t rent a car or moped, but still wanted to go exploring as much as possible.  Aitutaki Discovery Safari Tours not only showed us most of this lush, green island, but taught us about the ancient culture of the Cook Islands Maori people.  

We’d recommend it to anyone who travels to this distant part of paradise.

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Ever Thought About Moving to Paradise?

Rainbow at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Rainbow at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands

On weeks like this one, when much of outlying Los Angeles is on fire, we like to fantasize about living in a tropical place where there’s very little stress…and plenty of rain.  A place, like, say, Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.

But what would a move like this really be like?  On our recent trip, we met a few people who were making a new life for themselves on an island paradise, far from home.

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Cook Islands: Scenes from Aitutaki

Aitutaki, the second largest of the Cook Islands, is one of the most laid-back places we’ve ever been.

Exploring the island for four days during Oceania’s winter, we felt a little sun, a little wind and a lot of peace. It offers the perfect combination of nature, cultural exploration…and pure sloth.

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TWT Travel Binder: Cook Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

We celebrated our 10th anniversary in the Cook Islands, in the heart of the South Pacific.  

 

On the island of Aitutaki we found romance, ancient history and a slew of all-but-deserted islets.
On Rarotonga, we found an impossibly thick jungle, a steep mountain spine,
and beaches heaped with coral.

 

With two million square miles to explore, you could
travel around this deceptively small chain for months.
We’d like to volunteer.

 

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to the Cook Islands. 

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