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Aitutaki Bliss With Kids in the Cook Islands

- By Jessica Palmer   .   June 3, 2018   .   

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The Island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands is often described as having one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world.  As soon as you glimpse it from the plane window, a large aqua coloured lagoon contrasting beautifully with the dark blue of the South Pacific Ocean, it's hard to argue otherwise.  

Lots of couples come here for romance and luxury, or even to get married, but Aitutaki is so much more than a newlywed destination.  We spent five days on the island of Aitutaki with our two young kids and discovered that Aitutaki is actually perfect for families. Once you look past the luxury resorts, there are quite a few affordable accommodation options for families. This cute little bungalow right on the waterfront at Inano Beach Bungalows was a fantastic place to stay with kids!

Expect to find beautiful stretches of sand and lagoon everywhere!  One Foot Island is a popular spot for day trips. It’s particularly great for kids as there is a great mix of shallow and deeper areas in the surrounding lagoon making it suitable for non-confident swimmers.  The island itself is small enough to explore on foot, is covered in coconuts and white sand, and has plenty of hermit crabs to occupy the kids.  (Hermit Crab Racing become somewhat of a daily activity for us in the Cook Islands).

Sunday in Aitutaki is seen as a day of prayer and rest. The church singing is some of the most amazing I have ever heard and visitors are more than welcome at the CICC church in the small town.  If you’re worried about the kids being bored, never fear.  There are plenty of local kids attending the service for them to make friends and giggle at each other across the church pews with.

Although unlikely, if you get sick of swimming in the lagoon, hiking up to the top of Maungapu (the highest peak on the island at 124m) is worth it for the views.  Although fairly steep, it only takes half an hour and even my five year old managed it with minimal assistance.

The lagoon surrounding Aitutaki really is the highlight though.  You can swim, snorkel, book a dive tour, kayak, go on a lagoon tour, or just sit in the shallows and watch the clouds float lazily across the sky.  Aitutaki’s lagoon truly is beautiful and just sitting on the shoreline whilst the kids play around in the sand and shallows is an enjoyable way to pass a day or five..

Check out my YouTube Clip on Aitutaki with kids for an idea of what to expect!

For more information on travelling through the Cook Islands with kids, check out my Cook Islands destination page over at Travel With Jess.

To share a travel experience like Jessica, write to us at [email protected]

Written By Jessica Palmer

I am Jessica. I am a freelance travel writer, photographer, blogger, and obsessive traveller. I am also a mother of two and a wife. Let me show you how holidays and travelling with kids can be fun!

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Jessica Palmer

I am Jessica. I am a freelance travel writer, photographer, blogger, and obsessive traveller. I am also a mother of two and a wife. Let me show you how holidays and travelling with kids can be fun!

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