Ahhh…the Cook Islands! We visited the islands in February 2010, as part of our round the world trip. We figured this was the perfect opportunity to visit the South Pacific. Since it’s so far from Europe, it’s unlikely we would ever get there on a regular holiday. And it was definitely worth it! We visited Rarotonga and Aitutaki and loved both. On Rarotonga we rode our bicycles all over the island, to find the perfect snorkeling spot. We visited the Sunday Market by bus (only one road on the island, so the bus is easy to use) and just relaxed on the beach.
Aitutaki: the most beautiful lagoon
Aitutaki allegedly has the most beautiful lagoon in the world. I don’t know if that’s true, but it definitely is gorgeous! The water is amazingly clear and turquoise, the beaches are perfectly white and snorkeling in the lagoon is great too. So, a perfect tropical paradise! What makes a visit to the Cooks even more worthwhile, are the people. Friendly, happy and they all function on ‘island time’: relax, take it easy and don’t worry. The best example we found on Aitutaki. We arrived on the island just after a cyclone hit it. Nobody died, but lots of houses were destroyed and the island was a mess. But since nobody got hurt, the Cook Islanders didn’t worry too much. When we were waiting for a lift to the small supermarkt, we saw a moped coming. We thought it was a woman with a radio, but we were wrong: it was a woman singing happily from the top of her lungs, only stopping to shout ‘Hey sweeties’ and waving at us. Island time!