Ah, the South Pacific
Can we ever really get enough?
The island of Aitutaki, traditionally known as Araura, was first sighted by the ill fated Captain Bligh in 1789 just 16 days before the infamous mutiny on the Bounty.
Cook’s former sailing master once wrote in his log: “The Shore was bordered with Flat land, with innumerable Cocoa Nutt and other Trees, and the higher Grounds were beautifully interspersed with Lawns… I saw no Smoke or any sign of Inhabitants, it is scarcely to be imagined however that so charming a little spot is without them”.
Located at the very centre of the Polynesian triangle, the thrillingly remote island is truly a heaven on Earth. The pristineness and simplicity of its landscape, its blindingly white beaches and fantasy waters make the alluring Aitutaki the best kept secret of the South Pacific. With only 1800 people living on the 11-square-mile island, Aitutaki definitely has a castaway charm of its own.
Arriving To Aitutaki
Under a one hour flight from the island of Rarotonga, Aitutaki is love at first sight. As we flew over the island our feelings were totally undertaken by the beauty of its infinite lagoon.
As soon as we stepped through the aircraft door, aromas of frangipani filled our senses and were immediately greeted with a traditional fresh flower lei.
Leaning palms for shade, gardens of tiare and frangipani flowers, pandanus trees, the lush mountain backdrop…There is something incurably romantic everywhere you look at.
During our stay, we moved around with a rented car. A leisurely bicycle ride is also an ideal way to explore the island. We visited small peaceful villages where time seemed to slow down.
Dusk paints the sky with a palette of oranges, reds and yellows. Sunset is the ideal time to enjoy a Pacific island dinning experience on the shores of Aitutaki. Then, we settled down admiring under a starry sky admiring some Polynesian dances.
Into The Blue
We dropped anchor off white sandbars, swam in neon blue waters, snorkeled and visited palm covered motus like the Tapuetai, known as One Foot Island where you can get your passport stamped.
As we walked across the pristine sandbars, we did not see any other footprints in the sand. The iridescent waters of the lagoon can´t be more inviting!
Beaneath The Surface in Aitutaki
Brilliantly colored fish, green turtles, giant clams, magnificent purple corals… Snorkelling in Aitutaki is an absolute MUST.
As soon as we jumped into the crystal clear water, countless schools of fish swirled around us.
Where To Stay?
Located a 10-minute drive from the airport, the multi-award five star resort features 27 exquisitely appointed beachfront bungalows, suites and villas. The boutique island resort, winner of numerous international Awards Of Excellence, is the perfect seclude retreat for romantic getaways.