AitutakiCook Islands

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Visit Aitutaki

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
Jan 10 - Jan 11

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! (216 reviews)

"Loved the privacy and the fact no one could just wander around the resort. Loved having bicycles to ride around on. Loved the outdoor showers (was so unique!) Didn't like the atmosphere in the bar at times. It was a bit dead at times."…"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2019

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only
Kuru Club Aitutaki
Kuru Club Aitutaki
4 out of 5
Main Airport Road, Aitutaki
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14

Located in Aitutaki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Aitutaki Golf Club and Ee. Ootu Beach and Maungapu are also within 2 ...

4/5Very Good! (43 reviews)

"We've been there for 7 nights and it was good. The staff was friendly and the room was great for the price. I was disappointed after I saw that they bury the trash (plastic bottles, chairs) on their property."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Kuru Club Aitutaki
Tamanu Beach
Tamanu Beach
3.5 out of 5
Main Road, Aitutaki
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24

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! (80 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

4.5/5(5 reviews)

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

4.5/5(6 reviews)

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


Included: • pick up from your accommodation in Aitutaki • 6 hour boat Cruise on Aitutaki's magnificent lagoon (approximately) • towels • snorkeling equipment and stop at Coral Heads to view coral reefs and lagoon marine life • island barbecued lunch of fresh caught ocean fish served on board and accompanied by a full bar service.

Reviews of Aitutaki


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Jun 2, 2019

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

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Mar 20, 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2019

In general more expensive that Rarotonga.