Honeymoon Island is an uninhabited island in the lagoon of Aitutaki, about a 15-minute boat ride from Arutanga port (on the main island). It consists of a strip of sand about half a kilometer long, whose actual length and width depend on tide (it will be much larger at low tide and smaller at high tide). This sandbank leads to the actual beach, a huge expanse of white and soft sand, which surrounds a small palm grove. Crystal clear turquoise waters, warm and very calm, extend to the horizon in all directions.
From Honeymoon Island, guests can get to Maine Island either on foot during low tide (walking in shallow waters) or swimming in high tide. Compared to Honeymoon Island, Maine Island is larger, has more vegetation and is closer to Aitutaki's outer reef. Both islands are populated by colonies of tropic birds, picturesque birds with a beautiful red or white tail, nesting directly on the ground. Depending on season, lot of chicks can be observed at various stages of growth, with parents bringing food after having recognized them by voice calls.
The Honeymoon Island excursion (as well as the excursion to Maine Island) can be organized directly with the facility where you stay in Aitutaki, taking care to make the request well in advance, better if after having checked the weather forecasts for the next days. Most operators provide the excursion to Honeymoon Island by private water taxi, with the possibility of buying a packed lunch, alternatively food and drinks can be brought by your own. Once dropped on Honeymoon or Maine island, guests will agree the pick-up time and location for the return trip. The place is so beautiful and charming, that we advise to stay all day. Also, since guests can choose to be dropped on either Honeymoon Island or Maine Island, it would not be a bad idea to book a full day trip for each island.
Although in most cases you can enjoy Honeymoon Island or Maine Island in complete solitude for at least part of the day, we should not forget that such places are becoming more and more popular, so the experience of being completely alone to have a picnic on a desert island, without anybody else, it's not completely guaranteed. Visitors should be also aware that on Honeymoon Island there is a small logistic base for kitesurfing enthusiasts (although well hidden among the palms) so it's better to make sure to avoid Honeymoon Island where there is some planned training course or competition.
But now let's see some Honeymoon Island photos and Maine Island photos.