We've been home for one week and miss Cook Islands so much. This was our 3rd trip to Cook Islands and 2nd to Aitutaki. My Husband and I decided to book straight through to Aitutaki from LAX and stayed from one week. It was very smooth and a little cheaper with Air New Zealand now code sharing with Air Raro. We got the 8:00 am flight to Ait from arriving at 7:00 am in Raro.
We stayed at Paradise Cove Lodges and had a wonderful time. They were there with the free shuttle service to pick us up at the airport. We rented a scooter for the week. We went on two lagoon cruises, Teking and Aitutaki adventures. Both were great. The weather was not good, but we did manage to find two good enough days to be out on the lagoon. It rained a lot, but we just put on our board shorts and rash guard shirts and rode around the island anyway. Still fun.
We ended up cooking our own meals most of the time. I am glad that I brought some food with me. We also met wonderful people at our hotel and we shared spices, eggs, oil, and other food to share. It was kind of like summer camp for adults. I loved it and the new friends we made. We shared our cooked meals together out on the beach at sunset. It was great! The cargo ship just came as we were leaving so there will be more food in the grocery stores now. It was pretty limited and no cheese at all.
My Husband did fall on the scooter, but only got a few scapes thank goodness. One word of caution, do not ride up the road to the summit on a scooter. Walk the entire way. It was too steep and the road had a lot of loose gravel. A lot of people were were riding part way, but I would not recommend it. It's not worth a scooter accident.
The other thing that happened is my husband's snorkel box came unhooked from his swim trunks while snorkeling and drifted away without his knowledge. If anyone finds it (slim chance I know) let me know. So keep only the minimal in those snorkel boxes! I knew they could leak, but have never had one come unlatched.
We got the 7:10 pm flight back to Raro on Saturday night, then onto LAX at 11:00 pm. It was a great trip even with the few "bumps in the road experiences". We can't wait to return for a 4th trip one day soon. Have fun to everyone one leaving soon.