Our Honeymoon in the Cook Islands December 20-January 4
After our direct flight from Los Angeles to Roratonga, Cook Islands, we met Diana and Kit from The Backpackers Handbook who are Aitutaki veterans. Following their recommendations, we spent an amazing day on the gorgeous lagoon with Teking Tours. The tour is the BEST thing on the island.We loved it so much we went AGAIN with Kirsten and Stuart from New Zeland and there were 3 other couples out with Teking again. He varies the tour if you have already done it once so you snorkel in 4 new locations. The views, the lunch, the entire day was amazing. After seven years working onboard for Princess Cruises, it takes a lot to impress me on a snorkel and lagoon tour. This is one of the best in all the seven seas!
Another highlight was the village dancing and “telethon” for the holidays, one village dances in all the other villages to raise money for town repairs. More Cook Islanders live in New Zealand than on the islands and they all come home for the holidays.
This dream destination was a perfect honeymoon. We took in New Year’s Eve at Sails Beach Club at Muri Beach complete with Fireworks over the water! Happy New Year! We hope all your dreams come true.
We enjoyed meeting Kirsten and Stuart and his great idea to always bring Kirsten flowers!
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