Leave the modern world behind and escape to this remote islet where unspoiled beaches and a tropical atmosphere will leave you speechless.

Just 4 miles (7 kilometers) southeast of Aitutaki is the small islet of Tekopua. Walk barefoot on stretches of untouched powdery sand, plunge into the azure-colored lagoon, see spectacular underwater scenery and sail to quiet tropical islands.

This remote, uninhabited islet is an idyllic place to let go of all concerns and drift to sleep listening to the lapping of the waves. Explore the lush vegetation, lounge on the warm sand and dip your toes in the warm water. Listen to the trilling calls of white terns nesting in the nearby trees. Float on the current with flippers, snorkel and mask while you gaze at the underwater world to see tropical fish darting about.

The access point to Tekopua is Aitutaki, one of the most visited islands in the Cook Islands. On Aitutaki is the popular Saturday market at Arutanga Wharf where you can find souvenirs such as quilted arts, woven hats, sarongs and mats, as well as fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. Step inside the oldest church in the Cook Islands, the limestone and coral Cook Islands Christian Church. Sit in on a Sunday service to hear local parishioners singing heartily.

See drumming, dancing and fire dancers at the village of Vaipae, have your passport stamped at the post office on One Foot Island or play a round of golf on the pristine Aitutaki Golf Course.

The water visibility at Tekopua is incredible, making it a perfect spot to scuba dive and snorkel. Explore the coral reef, discover the diverse bio reef systems with hundreds of species of fish and see the giant clam reserve. Deep sea or spearfish for yellowfin tuna, wahoo and mahi mahi.

Aitutaki is a 45-minute flight north of Rarotonga. Once in Aitutaki, get to Tekopua by boat ride. Since Tekopua is uninhabited, find the nearest accommodations on Aitutaki.

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