Tekopua

Travel Guide
One Foot Island Beach showing a sandy beach as well as a small group of people

Leave the modern world behind and escape to this remote islet where unspoiled beaches and a tropical atmosphere will leave you speechless.

Just 4 miles (7 kilometers) southeast of Aitutaki is the small islet of Tekopua. Walk barefoot on stretches of untouched powdery sand, plunge into the azure-colored lagoon, see spectacular underwater scenery and sail to quiet tropical islands.

This remote, uninhabited islet is an idyllic place to let go of all concerns and drift to sleep listening to the lapping of the waves. Explore the lush vegetation, lounge on the warm sand and dip your toes in the warm water. Listen to the trilling calls of white terns nesting in the nearby trees. Float on the current with flippers, snorkel and mask while you gaze at the underwater world to see tropical fish darting about.

The access point to Tekopua is Aitutaki, one of the most visited islands in the Cook Islands. On Aitutaki is the popular Saturday market at Arutanga Wharf where you can find souvenirs such as quilted arts, woven hats, sarongs and mats, as well as fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. Step inside the oldest church in the Cook Islands, the limestone and coral Cook Islands Christian Church. Sit in on a Sunday service to hear local parishioners singing heartily.

See drumming, dancing and fire dancers at the village of Vaipae, have your passport stamped at the post office on One Foot Island or play a round of golf on the pristine Aitutaki Golf Course.

The water visibility at Tekopua is incredible, making it a perfect spot to scuba dive and snorkel. Explore the coral reef, discover the diverse bio reef systems with hundreds of species of fish and see the giant clam reserve. Deep sea or spearfish for yellowfin tuna, wahoo and mahi mahi.

Aitutaki is a 45-minute flight north of Rarotonga. Once in Aitutaki, get to Tekopua by boat ride. Since Tekopua is uninhabited, find the nearest accommodations on Aitutaki.

Kuru Club Aitutaki
Kuru Club Aitutaki
4 out of 5
Main Airport Road, Aitutaki
The price is AU$242 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
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$619 per night from 2 Oct. to 2 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$502 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 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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