Photo Friday: Aitutaki, Cook Islands

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After spending a couple days on the Cook Islands’ main isle, Rarotonga, in the spring, we caught an inter-island flight up to Aitutaki, one of the country’s more exclusive components and the most stunning spot I’ve ever visited. Of anywhere. EVER.

You gotta love a place where the inside of the airport terminal looks like this…

…and you get lei’d the second you step foot off the plane (and again the following day)…

a resort where they greet you with your own coconut…

…and which issues you your own snorkel gear and awesome aqua shoes when you check in, so you can explore the underwater life right off your own balcony…

…and where your backyard looks like this.

Sadly, we were only in paradise for two short days. But that didn’t stop us from catching two island shows.

Island shows are big in most of the South Pacific nations and consist of vibrant Polynesian music and some kick-ass booty-shaking.

This pint-size native had more moves in her pinkie than I can ever dream of possessing.

Nevertheless, I got up there both nights when summoned and shook my groove thang.

That is not me, but this is below. You want video evidence of my awkwardness? Fine, you got it. (Thanks to Johnny Jet for supplying this picture and embarrassing video footage!)

These following photos are a bit misrepresentative of my time on Aitutaki. Because it was such a short jaunt, we didn’t get to do any of this!

I think many of my pictures depict that these trips are vacations; they’re not. We may get to stay in the most luxurious of places like this, for example. But we only see them once it’s time to crawl in bed.

These work trips, these assignments, are more about running around like a journalist chicken with its head cut off, trying to capture the essence of a place in such a short period of time it should be illegal. Maybe the fact that I so often fool you into thinking there’s plenty of relaxation just makes me a skilled photographer? Ha.

Still, if it makes you want to go, to follow in my footsteps, then I’ve done my job adequately.

Aitutaki=Heaven on Earth? I think so.

*For more illustrations of the Cook Islands, check out past posts on One Foot Island, Rarotonga, diving the South Pacific and fruits of the islands. For more Photo Friday fun, head over to Delicious Baby.

**All photos taken with a Canon XTi, 17-85mm lens, housed in a LowePro SlingShot.

  • August 29, 2009

    That looks like an ideal location for a honeymoon!

  • August 29, 2009

    ooh how romantical, I mean not on your own, but maybe for a honeymoon?

  • August 29, 2009

    Oh! Definitley – Heaven on Earth. The airport terminal looks better than some spa here. πŸ™‚

  • August 29, 2009

    Just gorgeous! You deserve to go back and relax!

  • August 29, 2009

    Two days, what a tease. Let’s go back and get more get pics.

  • August 30, 2009

    Looks like a great place…it seems such a shame to not be able to climb into that hammock for a while!

  • August 30, 2009

    Gorgeous K, just gorgeous! I can’t wait to get back to the South Pacific. It’s gonna be a while, but I’ll get back there. I bet you’re getting excited about Fiji, siiii? πŸ™‚

  • August 30, 2009

    I need to go here too apparently.

  • August 31, 2009

    Beautiful pictures. I love that one of the hammock!

  • August 31, 2009

    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous snaps. I love destinations that convey their laid back attitudes via their airport terminalsβ€”so true. Loving the stilthouse over the ocean backlit by the setting sun. So beautiful!

  • August 31, 2009

    I hate you.

  • August 31, 2009

    I totally want to go now! What an amazing looking place.

  • September 1, 2009

    fantastic. oh my god, fantastic.

  • September 5, 2009

    wow – looks amazing!

  • September 9, 2009

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  • November 10, 2009

    I’m getting married there next year and i can’t wait.

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