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Air Rarotonga - Aitutaki - The South Pacific's best kept secret

Aitutaki

The people of Aitutaki are acknowledged as among the Cook Islands most spectacular entertainers, with a particular skill in the making and playing of the pate - slit drums that accompany traditional dancing. A scintillating drum dance with swirling traditional costumes and swaying hips is a cultural event not to be missed.

However, perhaps what Aitutaki is most famous for is its large brilliant turquoise lagoon. The lagoon is many things: a place of legends, a vast source of inner reef seafood, and an island paradise where visitors can be taken to picnic on the motu (small islets) and snorkel among brightly coloured tropical fish.

Loveliest of the motu is Tapuaetai - One Foot Island - which is surrounded by beautiful glassy water and pure white sand.

  • Lagoon Cruise

  • Butterfly Fish abound in Aitutaki's lagoon

Visiting Aitutaki

Options for visiting Aitutaki include our exclusive Aitutaki Day Tour which operates Mondays to Saturdays and includes flights, an island tour, and the "The Vaka Cruise" exploring the lagoon and visiting One Foot Island.

For those who choose a longer stay, the island boasts several fine resorts and a range of other accommodation from self-catering bungalows to budget guest-houses.  Aitutaki is the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

There are also some gentle activities one can pursue; scuba diving, snorkelling, lagoon cruises, walkabouts or stroll through a village and interact with the locals.

It is also possible to combine Aitutaki with a visit to Atiu on our two island, four night Aitutaki & Atiu Island Combo.

Make your visit to the Cook Islands truly unforgettable by including Aitutaki in your itinerary.

Hotels and Resorts

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