This was a definite highlight on my visit to Aitutaki and the Cook Islands! Cruising among the atolls scattered across the azure waters, having the most delicious barbecue lunch amidst the trees on one of the small islands, and then being dropped off on a sandbank and waded to the nearest islet. Who can say this is not paradise! Here I bet you’ll also find one of the top snorkeling experiences in the world! The water is crystal clear, so much it felt like my head was above water, and not below the surface. The reef is teeming with life, and on one of our snorkeling stops we were able to head out to a sunken shipwreck.
For the lagoon cruise I went with Teking Lagoon Tours (tekingtours.com), after having them recommended by the hostel I stayed at. It was a small group of people, just 7 of us, plus crew. It is far from fancy, and it might not be to everyone’s taste (the guys/crew are a bit “rowdy”), but to me it felt like hanging with the boys, so I loved it! And another thing I must give them props for, as I’m not the most experienced snorkeler (and swimmer), when we at one point had to go from the boat drop-off point to a pick-up point farther away, one of the guys volunteered to be my life jacket (as the other guys called him jokingly) 🙂 – mind you in a non-nasty way! Basically I ended up getting my own private tour guide to show me around at all the snorkel stops. Grateful beyond expression as I wouldn’t have gotten to experience the wonderful underwater world if it hadn’t been for him. He made my trip!