In the Cook Islands, Aitutaki
boasts one of the most spectacular lagoons in the world and is a stopping point for the m/s Paul Gauguin
. Surrounded by coral reefs, this petite wonder is a hot spot for snorkeling and scuba diving
. After Rarotonga, which is largest of the 15 islands and home to the capital Avarua, Aitutaki is the second most visited island in this nation named for British explorer James Cook, who visited during the late 1700s. Experience its off-the-grid appeal—it’s only 7 square miles large—by hiking the highest point on the island, Mount Maungapu (which takes about a half-hour) then sending a postcard from one of the tiniest and more remote post offices in the world on One Foot Island.