Captain James Cook discovered a chain of islands just northwest of New Zealand and named them, aptly, the Cook Islands. The most beautiful of all of these islands is definitely Aitutaki, which, ironically, was not discovered by Cook, but by William Bligh in 1789, just a few days before the now famous mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty.
This tiny island is perfect for a nice quiet vacation. Aitutaki is the home to absolutely beautiful beaches, a 30-mile reef, and a large tropical jungle area. This makes the island perfect for snorkeling and diving in the pristine waters, lying on the sand of pristine beaches, or hiking through beautiful jungle.
The best times to travel to this island are from November to February. This pristine paradise is a wonderful getaway for those looking to escape the fast-paced lifestyle of the modern day.