AitutakiCook Islands

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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.

Top Hotels in Aitutaki

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only
Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Aitutaki Lagoon, Motu Akitua, Akitua Island
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Nestled on the beach, this Akitua Island resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aitutaki Golf Club and Maungapu. Akaiami and Maina Island are also within 9 mi (15 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (224 reviews)

"Second time visit and it even better. Premium bungalows are perfectly located with magnificent lagoon views."…"

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2020

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
5 out of 5
Amuri, Aitutaki
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
An intimate, friendly resort

"We stayed here for 6 nights, the level of service from the airport pickup onwards was exemplary. With less than 100 guests the resort feels private, the staff know your names and you get the feeling that nothing is too much trouble. The beachfront access straight from the room made the stay extra ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2019

Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Tamanu Beach
Tamanu Beach
3.5 out of 5
Main Road, Aitutaki
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Nestled on the beach, this Aitutaki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maungapu, Arutanga Harbour, and Aitutaki Golf Club. Ootu Beach and Ee are also within 6 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (81 reviews)

"Likes: beach views, privacy Dislikes: no screens on windows (i.e., openijg windows lets both breeze and insects in)"…"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2019

Tamanu Beach

Popular things to do in Aitutaki

Ootu Beach
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Ootu Beach

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Ootu Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Aitutaki. Discover the sunsets in this relaxing area, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

One Foot Island Beach
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One Foot Island Beach

Escape from the modern world to a tropical beach that has been identified as one of the best in Australasia.

Top activities in Aitutaki

The Vaka Cruise
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The Vaka Cruise

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Reviews of Aitutaki


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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 2, 2019

Highly recommend visiting. Fantastic lagoon and surrounding islands. Very friendly locals!

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 20, 2019

Great snorkeling and beautiful island. Enjoyed learning about the history.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 17, 2019

In general more expensive that Rarotonga.