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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.