Nicer resort, better beach, better snorkeling.
Aitutaki is sort of like Bora Bora 30 years ago. No big resorts, locals haven't been westerized as much and they speak english.
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Pacific Resort is a higher class hotel but I personally definitely prefer the lagoon view at Lagoon resort where you can have different motus in the backdrop and you can Kayaking or windsurfing there. The Lagoon resort also has more water sports available. It's not a bad idea to split your stay between these 2 places. Another consideration is Etu Moana. I stayed at all these 3 resorts last time.
What we did last time is buy day passes at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa - that way we got to use all the water sports and facilities without the need to stay there. I think it cost around $50 for a family (but not exactly sure). The swiming was fantastic but it was windy unlike the west side and as it was June it was cold. We thought after a sticky beak at the rooms they looked pretty average for the price - we did not see the overwater bungalows though - which really are built on the edge of the water and jut over it slightly -not like Tahiti. Also what’s with the big dust bowl in the centre? When we dined in the restaurants (we tried both) we though the food and service were pretty poor. The activities guys were great though
SuziEdited: 13 May 2011, 12:59
Haven't stayed at Lagoon but stayed at Pacific and it was perfect. Really. Snorkelling with Te KIng is great as they take you to lots of different spots - a place where all the fish come to eat the food from your hands, another where there are giant clams, and an underwater coral maze. I think it would be difficult to cover all this ground without local knowledge, plus their kai was awesome.
I have also been to Bora Bora, Moorea and Cook islands. The Cook islands will be a close third to Bora Bora and Moorea. It is very pretty, but the lagoons are shallower. Some of the coral is dead around Rarotonga. The snorkeling is good but just not quite as pretty as French Polynesia. With that said, the Cook Islands are a lot cheaper to visit. Everyone is friendly and I love renting a little house on the beach instead of staying at a hotel. I like to cook my own food. It really is more affordable to visit Cook Islands. If you go, you must see Aitutaki and take a lagoon cruise to One Foot Island. You will love it.
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