Travel Teacher | Travel The Cook Islands

Below is an overview of our travel Cook Islands expedition. (Please note, the itinerary is subject to adaptation depending on availability of tours, the time of the year and also your project start date- additional charges may incur for some activities.)

Travel The Cook Islands Expedition

Day 1

Kia Orana! and welcome to Aitutaki. Upon arrival at your destination you will be welcomed at the airport by the Travel Teacher Team, we will organise your transfer to your final destination - Gina's Garden Lodges in the heart of the island. Once you have settled in your accommodation you will meet with your Impact coordinators and receive a full induction including information on the surrounding areas, Health & Safety and a look forward to the journey ahead. You will then have some time to recuperate after a long journey.

Day 2

Today is your first day at your work placement, so we will make the short trip to Araura College where you will be welcomed by students and staff.  You will be introduced to your cohort of students that you will be working with during your placement, and this will be a good opportunity to deliver some ice breaking activities. Work placement will run during the mornings (5 days per week)

In the Afternoon you will get the opportunity to head to Oo'tu Beach. The best has crystal clear waters and is great for swimming, you may also get the chance to do some paddle boarding should you choose.

Day 3

Morning - Work placement

Day 3 will provide you with a very unique opportunity. You will be transported to Aitutaki Marine Research centre (AMRC) to discover how the giant clams are farmed.  These clams are eventually farmed to overseas aquariums. This is a truly unique experience.  The cruise boats at the marina visit snorkelling sites where these clams can be viewed.

Day 4

Morning - Work Placement

In the afternoon you will get the opportunity to hire a bike and explore the island of Aitutaki. The roads on the island are very quiet which makes this experience very safe. Alternatively if you choose you will be able to hike to Maunga Pu - the highest point of the island at 124 metres, this rewards you with a breathtaking view of the island, the turquoise lagoon.

Day 5

Morning - Work placement

Today you will get the opportunity to explore the exquisite Aitutaki Lagoon.  This is a truly wonderful experience which allows you to immerse yourself deep within the island's natural beauty, The lagoon is great for swimming, snorkelling or simply just relaxing - you will be overwhelmed! There will be a possibility of joining an afternoon cruise excursion which will allow you to see more of the lagoons great diversity.


Day 6

Morning  - Work placement

This afternoon will be an opportunity for you to take some leisure time, and do as you wish. You may choose to relax in the garden surroundings of your accommodation or take a good book down to the beach. If you choose to be more active we can recommend some good walking trails which will allow you to take in more of the island.

Day 7

Its the weekend which means that it's your day off. Today you will get the opportunity to embark on an island cruise excursion which will allow you to take in places such as 'One Foot Island'. On this island you are able to get your passport stamped at the smallest post office in the world, a very unique experience. The lagoon excursions also make regular stop off for swimming and snorkelling. This is a wonderful experience. In the evening you will get to sample a traditional 'Island Night' at one of the islands luxury resorts.

Day 8

Aitutaki is again your oyster. Today you will have the opportunity to sample the island at your own pace so relax and enjoy your day of leisure. Sunday is considered to be the day of rest in Aitutaki however there is still lots of activities available should you choose. A visit to the local church is a must! Aitutaki is home to the oldest church in the Cook Islands, with foundations laid in 1821.  You may also wish to embark on another lagoon tour (we can organise this for you). 

Day 9

Morning - Work Placement

Today you will get the opportunity to sample the culture and tradition of the island, led by a local expert and archaeologist - Ngaakitai Pureariki (Ngaa). Ngaa is a passionate advocate of teaching history to visitors of the Cook Islands. You will get the opportunity to visit some historical sites on the island and learn about the structure and way of life in Aitutaki, prior to the coming of the Europeans. 

Day 10

Morning - Work placement

In the afternoon you will get the opportunity to explore Aitutaki's Secret Garden. This is an exotic tropical fruit garden of Bill Tschan, a Swiss national who came to the Cook Islands in 1968 and eventually settled in Aitutaki in 2002. Over a decade later Tschans gardens are filled with over 110 tropical fruits. This guided tour will last around 2 hours.

Day 11

Morning - Work Placement

Today you can choose to revisit Oo'tu beach and relax in the crystal clear waters. If you prefer to be more active you can hire a bike or hike and a visit some of the island's beautiful sights including Etu Moana known as the Honeymoon island.

Day 12

Morning - Work placement

Your final full day on the island,  today we embark on a fishing tour. Aitutaki is fabulous for fishing, common catches include marlin, tuna and mahi mahi.

Day 13

Morning - Work placement

How does some snorkelling and Kayaking in the lagoon sound? Venture into the lagoon, see the amazing coloured fish and coral or you can make anchor on the beach and relax with a good book.

Day 14

Your journey in Aitutaki has come to an end, today you will depart the island and begin your journey back to the UK.