Advantages Simply stunning in its beauty
Disadvantages A long way to go and not a cheap destination from the UK
Day trip to Aututaki with Bishop’s CruisesAitutaki is the second largest of the fifteen Cook islands after Raratonga which is the largest. This magical little island is named by Steve Davey in his book “Unforgettable Places to See Before you Die” so we thought we must see this! We pre-booked this trip before we left the UK with our agents Allways Pacific. I believe we paid about £250 per person but this did include the return flight from Raratonga to Aitutaki which was about 45 minutes each way. It is rather obvious that the Cook Islands are named after Captain Cook who landed there in 1770 but strangely the name was actually given by the Russians, in honour of the great English navigator! This tiny island of Aitutaki has a population of just 2,500 and really there is little industry and almost all its money comes from tourism which fortunately for Aitutaki seems to be booming and growing.
When we landed we were met by our guide Ngaakitai tai Pureariki who was a very proud local trainee archaeologist and he took us to the capital city of which was really not much more than a church , one small shop and a wharf. Aitutaki had been bady hit by a cyclone earlier the year before and there were still a lot of families living in semi destroyed houses but of course the church had been fully restored to its former glory. I cannot understand the logic behind this, why would the church spend the money collected from these people on rebuilding the church rather than helping them get a roof over their heads? They all have to give so much of their money to the church each month you would think that they would get some help at a time like this. I will stop there as I could go on for hours on this subjectOur guide was so enthusiastic about his people and their history that I was quite disappointed when he left us at the boat as I thought he was coming with us. Anyway after a tour of the island with Ngaakita our little group was dropped at the boat and met our boat crew.
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