Focus Aitutaki - Plus Rarotonga
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With this 8 days Cook Island vacation package the focus is to stay five nights in Aitutaki and enjoy this beautiful part of the South Pacific with amazing snorkel and other water sport activities. For the first three nights you will be staying on the main island Rarotonga and experience the local culture and people. All airport & hotel transfers and the domestic flight is included in your holiday package. Also, a meal plan with dinner and breakfast with the superior and premium package option. Plus the complementary activities for each resort. If needed we can also arrange international flights ex Auckland/ New Zealand or Australia. Note, each part of this itinerary can be amended, so you can shorten the stay or select different times on each island.
The next planning steps for this 8 days package Aitutaki Cook islands:
- Step 1: Review this Itinerary.
- Step 2: Contact us with preferences.
- Step 3: Get a Free Travel Proposal.
Rarotonga has no need for traffic lights. And that is because travel on the island is leisurely and very convenient. You can get on and off the buses that circle around the island or you can explore by scooter. And by travelling at your own pace, you can enjoy the sights of village life, beaches and vast agricultural fields. Don't forget to visit the Saturday Market - take a trip to Avarua and stock up on souvenirs, handcrafts and local produce.
The capital of Rarotonga is Avarua, the commercial centre and main port of the Cook Islands. You will find a bustling tropical centre with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and various bars. All you need do, is to choose your brand of entertainment - this could be live bands, dance music or a quieter cocktail bar.
Go inland to enjoy an intrepid guided tour of the hinterland and the lush rain forest. Your guides will import stories of wars, weddings, love affairs and animosities - these are the legends of a forgotten world. You will also get to see some the best preserved coral churches in the South Pacific! Whatever you choose to see and do, there'll be an abundance of flora and fauna to admire on the way.
Check in to Pacific Resort Rarotonga
The beaches in Rarotonga are made for relaxation. The beaches off white sands and beautiful exotic marine life. Seize the opportunity and take a Lagoon Cruise. With a Lagoon Cruise, you can snorkel and swim to your heart's delight.
In the evening, experience a Cultural Show - discover the enchanting sounds and drums of the Cook Islands and a delicious traditional feast. With the beat of the drums and swaying of the hips you will definitely be moving in your seat. If you’re lucky you may be invited to the stage!
Coach transfer from your resort to Rarotonga airport and flight to Aitutaki.
Domestic flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki
You must present your itinerary with a valid ID (passport) to the Air Rarotonga check-in staff. Air Rarotonga counters are located in the check-in pavilion at Rarotonga International Airport, a short under-cover walk from the International arrivals area.
Check-in is 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Your booking may be cancelled and your seat re- allocated if you fail to check-in 15 minutes prior to your flight departure time.
AIR RAROTONGA - DOMESTIC BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE:
Please note the following applies for Baggage Allowance within the Cook Islands:
Clients connecting from International Flight to Aitutaki
• Baggage Allowance - 23kgs per person
• Excess Luggage - $3.50 per kilogram
On arrival at Aitutaki, you will be met by an resort representatives who will guide you to your transfer vehicle. Transfer from Aitutaki Airport to your resort.
The stunning island of Aitukaki is famous for having one of the world’s most beautiful lagoon. The lagoon is a brilliant turquoise colour and dotted with 15 motu (islets) and an emerald green main island. This is one of the reasons why travellers include Aitutaki on their bucket list - it is truly a sandbars ‘heaven’.
Check in to Pacific Resort Aitutaki
The triangular shaped reef that surrounds Aitutaki, is full of massive coral heads. This coral is home to many varieties of tropical marine life. It is this spectacular lagoon that makes Aitutaki the best in the Cook Islands for water sports. But the allure of Aitutaki doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. The charm of this lovely paradise has the unique characteristics of being both an island and an atoll which continues on land.
It is believed that Aitutaki was first settled by Polynesian seafarers in 900 AD. Aitutakians say they are descended from Ru, the famous seafaring warrior who sailed from Avaiki, the legendary homeland of early Polynesians. Much later, Captain Bligh and the crew of the HMS Bounty are credited as being the first known European contact with Aitutaki in 1789. Fascinating legends are retold by local guides who take visitors to some of the islands marae (sacred ceremonial grounds). The largest marae, measuring about 1.6 hectares, is Te Poaki o Rae and it is located right here.
Food is a big drawcard for visitors to Aitutaki and it is world class. The daytime restaurant at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort has quite possibly the most stunning location of them all - the lagoon views stretch for 180°. And the good thing is, that you don't have to stay there, to dine there! Koru is a spacious and breezy Aitutaki spin on a trendy New Zealand cafe. They have an all-day cooked breakfast and lunches. Yet another choice in the mix is the Boatshed Bar & Grill - you'll love the eclectic memorabilia and classic country music. . Try to secure a space on the deck for reef views.
Domestic flight back to Rarotonga and departure with your international flight.
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