This dreamy outpost in the South Pacific is the stuff of Polynesian legend without the legendary crowds. You could spend weeks trying to find the words to describe this idyllic atoll but mostly you’ll just stare in wonder (like I did). Surrounded by a glittering turquoise lagoon five times larger than the island itself, Aitutaki Cook Islands is truly a stunner. Cruise the lagoon on a traditional catamaran for a day of snorkeling and island exploration, then get your passport stamped at the world’s smallest post office on tiny One Foot Island. Though it’s a popular day trip by air from more accessible Rarotonga – do yourself a favor and make Aitutaki your main destination in the Cook Islands. You won’t regret it.