The Cook Islands: Aitutaki’s Lagoon
The atoll of Aitutaki is generally recognized as one of the Pacific’s most beautiful. Flying to the island is a real treat, even when the weather isn’t perfect.
1) The first corner
2) Now more appears in the airplane window
The landing strip is a newish addition to the original airfield built by the Americans in WWII.
3) Ready to land – pic shot thru the cockpit door
Of course, the real joy in experiencing the lagoon isn’t to found from an airplane window. You have to venture into it by boat.
4) The sea’s colors are a swirl of azure
Great snorkling is to be found around the rocks at its edge, too.
5) Playing with snorkels and masks
Lastly, the motus, or small islands that circumscribe the reef, are wondrous uninhabited deserted islets, where the only sounds are the whistle of the wind through the palms and the calls of the tropic birds.
6) Honeymoon Motu, so named, it is said, because 40 years ago a Canadian couple decided to get married here. To the right, behind Honeymoon’s sandbar, is a different motu, Maina
7) Another view of Maina
8) Diana, as close to paradise as a modern person can reasonably hope to find herself