If you’re thinking of going to Aitutaki or wanting to know more about Aitutaki, then you’ve come to the right place!
Aitutaki is a 45 minute flight from Rarotonga. A magnificent and remote triangular-shaped atoll rising up 4000 meters from the floor of the Pacific Ocean and consists of 3 volcanic and 12 coral islets (motus).
Aitutaki is not only well known for its friendly people but it has one of the most spectacular lagoons the world has to offer. Snorkeling the Aitutaki lagoon and coral reef system is a truly wonderful experience whether you are an experienced snorkeler or a beginner. Aitutaki also has some of the most bio diverse reef systems in the world. The outer canyons of the Aitutaki barrier reef hold several hundred species of fish, it truly is an amazing site to see so many species living in such close proximity to each other, true testament to a diverse eco-system. The inner lagoon tours will take you to the giant clam reserve, small motu’s (islets) and some of the nicest beaches you may ever set foot on.
Deep sea fishing or lagoon fishing Aitutaki style is a great way to spend a day on the water. Catching Yellow Fin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo can be an incredible fishing experience, and they can always cook your catch for you.
Bone Fishing is a relatively new sport for Aitutaki and already Aitutaki’s Bonefishing Stories are gaining global recognition. There are several operators to choose from on Aitutaki.
Aitutaki also has other interesting attractions, including the oldest Cook Island church, Akaiami Motu which was the site of the first international airport for the Cook Islands operating flying boats on Aitutaki lagoon by TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Ltd), Ngaa’s archaeological site of an ancient village, One Foot Island – touted as one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific, Aitutaki Golf Course – located at the end of the main runway and much more. Maunga Pu is the highest point of Aitutaki with 360 degree views of the island and lagoon.
There are several smaller islands (motus) in the lagoon. Akaiami is a small, elongated islet at the opposite end of the lagoon from Aitutaki’s main island around 20 minutes across the lagoon from Aitutaki. Akaiami is remote, quiet, charming, unspoiled and surrounded by pristine turquoise lagoon and coral reef, and there is a small lodge there. One Foot Island is a popular stopping spot for lagoon cruises.
Get your passport stamped on One Foot Island – step onto the first landing for the flying boats that flew the original Coral Route, go snorkelling in the clearest waters ever seen or simply spend a few hours slipping from sand to sea. A day spent hopping from the pure white motus sprinkled around the lagoon is one of life’s great memories.