Best cook island for snorkeling

Jan 19th, 2003, 06:49 AM
  #1  
Theresa
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Best cook island for snorkeling

We are planning a trip to the cook islands but we are not quite sure what island to spend the most time on in the . Our main passion is snorkeling with awesome coral and fish and hanging with the locals. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks, Theresa
 
Jan 19th, 2003, 09:09 AM
  #2  
ALF
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I am quite sure that the consensus would be Aitutaki for snorkeling. The lagoon is teeming with fish and coral, and the whole island is more low-key than Rarotonga, which is no hot spot to begin with! The best island for hanging out with locals is probably Atiu.
 
Jan 19th, 2003, 09:19 AM
  #3  
LordBalfor
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I'd have to agree with ALF. We found the snorkeling on Aitutaki to be even better than on Raro (which we thought was pretty darned good).

Keep in mind however that Aitutaki is very low key (as ALF also mentions). It is a very small island without a lot of "tourist type" activities - other playing in the water or exploring the motus. Though some folks might have tendency to go stir crazy on the island, there is no doubt that it is beautiful.

For what you describe as your interests, I would think it would do nicely.

Ken
 
Jan 19th, 2003, 03:57 PM
  #4  
BillJ
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
continuing this train of thought: On Raro, I understand that the Muri Beach area offers the best snorkeling on the island. Is this correct?
We are staying at the Beachcomber then on to Aitutaki.
 
Jan 19th, 2003, 05:17 PM
  #5  
LordBalfor
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
The area most often quoted as having the very best snorkeling is the area directly across from the "Fruits of Rarotonga" smoothie bar at the SE corner of the island. This is part of a "protected" area that stretches from Muri Beach, around the SE corner of the island. As part of that area, the southern portion of Muri has pretty good snorkeling. The northern portion (from about the Beachcomber north) is more open, with less coral and therefor less fish. So snorkel to the south from the Beachcomber. By the way, I actually prefer the south shore (around Vaiimanga), but I'm in a minority about this.

Ken
 
Feb 21st, 2003, 10:10 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 103

We spent three weeks in the Cooks and I can not agree that Aitutaki was awesome but on Raro just in front of the Edgewater was great. The fish were not as big but there was no shortage of them. I even got to see an eel.. Email me at [email protected] Wendy
Wengod is offline  
Feb 25th, 2003, 04:35 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 955
If Aitutaki is not "awesome," where does one go for good or great snorkeling? What about the boat ride out to One Foot? Thanks.
BillJ is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
resipsaloquitur
Australia & the Pacific
6
Oct 19th, 2006 09:34 PM
Ed_from_Denver
Asia
4
Aug 12th, 2004 04:13 AM
HKR
Caribbean Islands
5
Sep 13th, 2002 03:22 PM
Paige
Caribbean Islands
8
Dec 4th, 2001 12:52 PM
Leslie
Caribbean Islands
5
Sep 10th, 2001 10:28 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:12 PM.