A magnificent and remote triangular-shaped atoll rising up 4000 meters from the floor of the Pacific Ocean and consisting of 3 volcanic and 12 coral islets.
Aitutaki is part of the southern archipelago of the Cook Islands. At only 45-minute flight from the main island of Rarotonga, 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!
Aitutaki 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. An amazing site to see so many species living in such close proximity to each other, true testament of 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, Bone Fish, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo can be an incredible fishing experience, and they can always cook your catch for you.
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 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 snorkeling in the clearest waters or simply spend a few hours slipping from sand to sea. A day spent hopping between the pure white islets sprinkled around the lagoon is one of life’s great memories!