The Cook Islands is undeniably a beautiful destination, and with its many islands there are almost endless possibilities when it comes to choosing just where to go and stay.
There's one island that comes across as particularly dreamy, however, and that's Aitutaki. Known as a hub for honeymooners, it's no surprise that starry-eyed couples head to this little piece of paradise renowned for its pristine beaches, clear waters and wonderful hospitality.
Here are just some of the reasons why you might want to make Aitutaki your next holiday destination.
Discover the culture
While many visitors to Aitutaki focus on its overt natural beauty, there's yet another reason to love this island - and that's its proud displays of culture.
The village of Vaipae, also known locally as Hollywood, is home to energetic showmen who perform daring fire dances and other wonderful feats of singing and dancing.
You can also discover plenty about local life at the Saturday Markets, which take place at the Orongo Centre at the Aratunga Wharf. Here there are plenty of colourful sarongs, hats, mats, bags and of course, juicy fresh fruit for you to enjoy.
A little piece of paradise
On Aitutaki, it's not unlikely that you'll find yourself the only person on a long, empty stretch of beautiful beach. Take the time to soak in the scenery so breathtaking it's utterly unlike anywhere else.
Apart from gazing in awe at the palm-fringed surroundings and glistening waters, you should take a dip, too.
Grab a snorkel and see what kind of colourful marine creatures you can get up close and personal with.
The joy of song
There's nowhere quite like Aitutaki for hearing the locals sing.
A particular highlight is to head to the limestone coral rock Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC), which is the oldest church in the nation. The acoustics of this church are an absolute dream, making it a magical experience to listen to the congregation sing stirring hymns in unison.
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