It is reported that the Cook Islands are the most beautiful islands in the world, with the emphasis on Aitutaki. I certainly agree.
These remote islands are located in the South Pacific and are only accessible from the United States by Air New Zealand one day a week; other arrivals come from Auckland and Sydney.
Rarotonga is the main island in the 15 island country and is home to the only international airport. Visitors never need to fear that they may go to the wrong gate at the airport … there is only one international and one domestic gate. And not to worry there are never two planes at the airport at the same time!
Rarotonga is home to about 10,000 persons and Aitutaki home to less than 2,000. The country’s entire population is about equivalent to my home town! There are no stop lights; one 21 mile road circles the island. Several roads go “up” into the center of the island but there is no way to get lost…just go down again!
The residents of Rarotonga and Aitutaki are friendly and helpful. They also are striving to maintain their unique culture and to share it with visitors to their islands.
A visit to the Cook Islands is a very special experience, a whole new world or possibly a step back in time. So if you are reading this please don’t tell everyone how special Rarotonga and Aitutaki are … I would hate for them to be ruined by the outside world!