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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Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel.
For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal.
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