Paradise found in the Cook Islands

Jason Dutton-Smith
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Cook Islands Tourism & Various

If there's a better example of a picture postcard, remote island paradise to be found anywhere, we'd love to know where it is.

A speck in the middle of the South Pacific, Aitutaki will take your breath away.

This jewel of the Cook Islands – which lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii – is a 45-minute flight from the main island of Rarotonga.

This remote paradise curves around an atoll in the shape of a fishhook. Its dazzling turquoise lagoon is dotted with 15 smaller islets known as motus by the locals. The water here has to be seen to be believed and has been best described as ‘impossibly blue’.


Jason Dutton-Smith is Co-Founder & Chief Content Officer at Well-Travelled. Well-Travelled focus on seasoned travellers giving them all the latest travel information they want and need.