We are travelling to the cook islands for our honeymoon in Apr/May and whilst I have booked up our accommodation on Raro I am stuck on Aitutaki as so many places sound great my (long) shortlist includes (Etu Moana, Tamanu Beach, Aitutaki Seaside lodges, Inano beach, Samade beach). And I am looking for some advice...
We are a young(ish) (30ish) couple who love laid back relaxed beachside accommodation, would much rather be in a basic hut than a resort.
Neither of us drive, but we are happy to walk for an hr (or more if the route is scenic) or cycle to get around. Given our transport constrains and whilst I understand that the island is not big I want to narrow my list down based on location to the best restaurants or bar (are there any very low key bars?) that are in walking distance. We like to sample local food and love fresh fish (BBQ'd on the beach is my fav!) and would love to stroll out to a restaurant or bar after a relaxing day. I am having trouble finding a map with the accommodation and rest locations anywhere.
Based on my research it looks like Tamanu and Samade have their own restaurants /bars but are they any good?
I this that Aitutaki Seaside lodges look beautiful and great value but am worried we would be too isolated.
Secondary decision making point would be snorkling / kayaking from the beach. I have read mixed reviews on if you can do this off the beach at Etu Moana, how true is this? Is Tamanu beach the same issue?
Sorry I am banging on now... final point we were thinking maybe staying at Aikaimi lodge or Gina's beach lodge on Aikimi for 2 nights. We are only 5 nights in total on Aitutaki so think this might be a bit too much moving around or is it worth it?
Thank you very very much in advance. Sorry if all this info is about somewhere but I have been searching with no luck.
Aimee Stokes (soon to be Hooker!)