What I Love About Aitutaki, Cook Islands

My Cook Islands Trip 2010


My Mom lives on Aitutaki, Cook Islands and I visit her one month per year. I can already hear you asking, “Where the hell are The Cook Islands?” Bust out a map, but in the meantime, the Cook Islands are in the South Pacific in middle of no-where (literally), outside of New Zealand. The Cook Islands are home to the Maori people/tribes.

I also visit the islands to clear my mind and decompress from the fast pace living of Los Angeles. 

What's I Love About Aitutaki, Cook Islands

by China Brooks

  1. There are no billboards anywhere.

    This has to be one of my favorite things about Aitutaki. I am never bombarded by billboards persuading me to buy crap I don't need. There are no businesses signs. There isn't a McDonalds, Starbucks, or a liquor store on every corner. When I travel around the island, all I see is blue sky, turquoise water and palm trees.

  2. Slow internet.

    Obviously, this is a catch 22. When I'm posting a blog to my website or Facebook, it takes 1 hour instead of 20 minutes. Before I went on vacation, I was completely addicted to checking my email and Facebook. Having a break from these things has been refreshing. Since the internet is so slow, I spend very little time online. Instead I read two books, wrote 13 blog articles and went swimming (among other things).

  3. There are no EMF frequencies messing with your personal magnetic field. 

    I'm not going to explain EMFs to you here so please Google it if you don't know. Basically though, cell phones, computers, etc...(anything plugged in to the wall), all emit EMF frequencies (radiation waves). The human body has its own EMF frequency that can be thrown off balance by all that other stuff. Aitutaki barely got cell phones a few years ago. Most of the island doesn't have cell phones let alone telephone land lines. Computers and electronics are luxuries so there are hardly any EMFs on the island at all.

  4. No pollution.

    On Aitutaki, you can actually breathe; I mean really breathe. I know, what a concept!

  5. No traffic.

    Most people on the island ride scooters. There are a few cars. But with 1,200 people on the island, there is never any traffic. You don't even have to wear your seat belt.

  6. No crime. 

    One time a Survivor crew member's iPod was stolen. The thieves were beat up by one of the Elders and then hauled off to jail on the larger island of Raro. That's about it for crime.

  7. Clear, clean water.

    My Mom has a system which collects rain water. It rains quite a bit on the island, but it's usually that warm tropical rain, which I love. In my Mom's home, the water we drink and shower in is incredibly pure. Every time I visit, it's a shock because my body is so used to showering in hard- ass chlorine contaminated city water.

  8. No planes flying over head.

    There is one plane that flies to the larger island (Rarotonga). From Raro you take an Air New Zealand flight to get back to the States. The plane that goes to Raro flies two times a day a few times per week and that's it. Other than that, there are no planes or helicopters flying overhead, ever. Because of this, there are no chem-trials either.

  9. No GMO (genetically modified) food.

    The soil is not contaminated on Aitutaki like it is in the USA. No one uses pesticides so you can actually harvest food and eat it right off the tree/ vine.

  10. No overcrowding.

    There are a lot of kids on the island. There is not much to do. There are no movie theaters or thrift stores or anything like that. So I think all that's left is to make babies, swim, fish and watch TV. I could never live here long term because after a while I would get bored out of my mind. But unlike America, there is a lot of space and land between most houses. There is no apartment living so you never feel like you are living right on top of someone else. There is plenty of space to expand your energy and breathe freely on the island. There are tons of beautiful places to be alone, relax and free your mind in nature. You can take a boat out to one of the smaller uninhabited islands for the day. Usually, you will be the only person there.

  11. NO BILLS!!

    That's right folks! There are no property taxes, no regular health care payments; none of that. All the people have to pay for is their utilities, internet and phone (if they have it), and living expenses. Any money you have can last you much longer on the island than it ever could in the United States.

  12. Land is passed down from generation to generation.

    You can't buy or sell land on the island. Owners can lease their land but that's it. No government (or bank) can step in and take land from any one unless they used their land as leverage to get money from the bank and could not pay the note. But people really only borrow from the bank when they want to start a business.

  13. Solar powered water heaters.

    A lot of homes have solar powered water heaters. Again, this is a catch 22. If there is no sun, there's no hot water. But since it's a tropical climate, there's usually sun.

  14. Simple, slower-paced living.

    This is another huge favorite of mine. There are no Gucci wearing high rollers on the island. People don't even paint their nails or anything like that (not usually). If you were to show off with those kind of things, islanders would know you're a tourist and you would be seen as gaudy and brazen. Here, no one gives a crap what you have on or how your hair looks. To me, this is heavenly.

    Also, life on the island is so much slower. Another reason I stay for an entire month is because it takes me 2 weeks just to decompress from the pace of Los Angeles. Aitutaki runs at a snails pace compared to L.A. and New York.

  15. Some things cost less.

    Having custom made clothes on the island costs less money and time than in the States. People on the island need much less money to live on because there are no real bills to pay so labor is much less expensive.

  16. The color of the water.

    The color of the water is beyond amazing. The deeper the water, the darker the color. The water is varying shades of turquoise and blue. Sometimes the water is neon turquoise and the surf looks silver.

  17. My mind is much clearer on Aitutaki.

    In L.A. there are millions of people thinking mostly negative thoughts about their perceived lack and problems. Individual consciousness is always affected by mass consciousness. Since Aitutaki only has 1,200 people, a slow pace of living, and lots of land space, I feel like my thoughts are completely my own. It's easier to remain centered, free of stress and relaxed.