Aiutaki Cruises

Aitutaki Cultural Tour 
One Foot Island 
Aitutaki Lagoon Cruises

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The Cook Islands, located in the glorious South Pacific, is a charismatic nation steeped in history and culture. This MSC World Cruise destination delivers an abundance of natural attractions including palm-fringed beaches, mesmerising reefs, and inviting turquoise waters.
  
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• Aitutaki Cultural Tour 
• One Foot Island 
• Aitutaki Lagoon Cruises
 
An MSC Cruises excursion will have you immersed in Aitutaki culture when you visit the town of Arutanga — home of the Cook Islands’ 17th century Christian Church. Discover the Paengaariki Marae ceremonial site (dating back to 1000 AD), where communities feasted and warriors met before and after battles. Afterwards, visit the Punarei Cultural Village, an extraordinary reconstruction of a pre-Christian settlement. Here, you’ll learn about native culture and customs before preparing plant-based traditional medicines.
 
Sail to the unspoiled tropical island of One Foot on an MSC Cruises excursion. Here, you’ll enjoy magnificent white-sand beaches, shady palm trees, and the Pacific Ocean’s turquoise waters. Swim, sunbathe, and snorkel, or if the tide is low, walk to Heaven, a stunning sandy cay. Then, send a postcard from the smallest unmanned post office in the world before taking photos of this Eden-like paradise.
 
Aitutaki boasts one of the most biodiverse reef systems on the planet; habitat to an array of extraordinary wildlife. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll marvel at its turquoise lagoon before learning about a giant clam restoration project at a marine resources site. Afterwards, shade yourself under picturesque palm trees, stroll the stunningly beautiful seashore, or snorkel through crystal waters to observe the marine life close-up. Spot a turtle, admire a myriad of tropical fish, or gaze at the colourful coral.

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    Cook Island

    On the Coral Route
    On the Coral Route

    The Cook Islands, made up of fifteen islands with strong ties to New Zealand, have been a tourist destination since the 1950s.

    The result of the irrepressible force of ancient volcanoes, they mostly consist of paradisiacal coral atolls that protect tranquil lagoons. Some of the islands are so small, such as Takutea or Suwarrow, which they can only be protected nature reserves, uninhabited or almost; others are large enough to accommodate thousands of people, although many emigrated to New Zealand during the Twentieth century.
     
    The MSC World Cruise stops at Rarotonga, the largest and most populated island, home to the capital of the Cook Islands: Avarua. 

    Aitutaki is one of the dream islands where hundreds of newlyweds decide to spend their honeymoons, or even marry there. Palm trees, turquoise water and white sand: the Cook Islands are the stuff that dreams are made of. Although known and colonised by people coming from Asia hundreds of years before the arrival of European navigators, these islands are named after the British Explorer James Cook, who visited them aboard two sailing ships during the 18th century.