Aitutaki

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Aitutaki which includes tropical scenes and general coastal views

A remote island where bone-white beaches stretch along a triangular atoll and spectacular natural scenery bewitches at every turn.

Make a getaway to the island of Aitutaki. This remote islet is one of the most popular of the tropical Cook Islands. Wade, snorkel or scuba dive in the clean, clear water, discover Polynesian culture and heritage and marvel at the magnificent natural landscape.

Also known as Araura, Aitutaki is a triangular-shaped atoll, rising 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Explore the entire island in just a few hours or live like a Cook Islander and stay longer to truly appreciate the tranquil lifestyle.

Aitutaki’s beautiful waters, long sandy beaches and dense jungle are breathtaking. Scuba dive or snorkel in the stunning Aitutaki Lagoon to see live coral formations, a giant clam reserve and diverse reef systems with hundreds of tropical fish species.

Join a deep sea or spear fishing tour and catch yellowfin tuna, barracuda or mahi mahi. Have your passport stamped at the post office on nearby One Foot Island or stay in a lavish bungalow on Akitua Island.

The popular Saturday market at Arutanga Wharf is a great place to meet locals, buy fresh tropical fruit and vegetables and pick up hand-made crafts such as pandanus hats, sarongs and mats. Learn of the influence of the Christian missionaries in the Cook Islands Christian Church in the main village of Arutanga, play a round on the pristine Aitutaki Golf Course or enjoy the 360-degree views of the island from the highest point of the island at Maunga Pu.

The Cook Islanders are renowned for their dancing. The village of Vaipae is considered the Hollywood of the South Pacific. Watch a thrilling cultural performance of drumming, dancing and fire dancing.

The island is a 45-minute flight north of Rarotonga. Enjoy a short daytrip or spend several days soaking up the atmosphere. Aitutaki has no local buses, but many accommodations offer airport transfers or will help arrange a taxi. Get around by rental car, scooter or bicycle.

Visit Aitutaki for its idyllic, unspoiled and serene ambiance.

Kuru Club Aitutaki
Kuru Club Aitutaki
4 out of 5
Main Airport Road, Aitutaki
The price is AU$241 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Aitutaki Golf Club and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Ootu Beach. Akitua Island and Ee are also within 2 miles ...
3.9/5Good! (47 reviews)
"The hotel itself lacks in so many ways. Chairs have been rusted for decades, not years. Shower head sprays in every direction, not just down..but the thing that makes it hard to review this hotel in any negative night is the hotel manager, Rupe, and his uncanny ability to be SO kind, to make guests ..."

Reviewed on 29 Feb. 2020

Kuru Club Aitutaki
Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only
Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Aitutaki Lagoon, Motu Akitua, Aitutaki
The price is AU$617 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
This Aitutaki resort is on the beach, 1.8 mi (3 km) from Aitutaki Golf Club, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Maungapu and Maina Island. Akaiami and One Foot Island ...
4.3/5Excellent! (237 reviews)
"Staff are amazing for what they have. So peaceful and relaxing on the island. The best place I’ve been to in a long long time"

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2021

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only
Tamanu Beach
Tamanu Beach
3.5 out of 5
Main Road, Aitutaki
The price is AU$496 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Aitutaki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maungapu, Arutanga Harbour and Aitutaki Golf Club. Ootu Beach and Maina Island are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (91 reviews)
"Stayed in a lagoon front bungalow , fantastic outlook. Woukd be nice to have insect repellant coils on the deck to keep mosquitos away"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2021

Tamanu Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aitutaki Escape
Aitutaki Escape
5 out of 5
Amuri, Aitutaki
Nestled on the beach, this Aitutaki villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maungapu, Arutanga Harbour and Aitutaki Golf Club. Ootu Beach and One Foot Island Beach are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
"Paradise is the best way to describe this beautiful serene place. The units have their own slice of beach, and a beautiful pool as well. Wonderful facilities, natural timbers, & stone featured through out the unit. The hosts are fantastic, and having dinner under the stars is just one of the many ..."

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2018

Aitutaki Escape
Aitutaki Ootu Villa
Aitutaki Ootu Villa
3.5 out of 5
Vaitupa, Aitutaki
Situated in Aitutaki, this holiday home is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Arutanga Harbour and within 3 miles (5 km) of Maungapu and Akaiami. Moturakau Island and Maina ...
Aitutaki Ootu Villa
Patia Holiday Home
Patia Holiday Home
3 out of 5
Road Aitutaki, Aitutaki
Situated near the bay, this villa is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Arutanga Harbour and within 3 miles (5 km) of Akaiami and One Foot Island Beach. Moturakau Island and ...
Patia Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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