Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Cook Islands Reasons to Love Aitutaki and the Cook Islands Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Cook Islands Reasons to Love Aitutaki and the Cook Islands story by: House of Travel 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. The surrounding landscape is also incredibly impressive, built up over time from deposits of ash and other debris. Drawing comparisons to the landscape of the moon, it has to be seen to be believed. The island is easy to get to as well. Tanna is just a 35-minute flight from the capital Port Vila. The mountain is easily accessible from the airport, with a number of tours and transfers available. It won't be long before you're gazing at the majestic Mount Yasur! Click here to view all HOT Pacific Island deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 6 unique island food experiences Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The best of Raro's bars and restaurants Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.