Like island views and beaches? Get away to relaxing Aitutaki!

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.

Known for

Islands, Snorkeling and Beaches

Top Hotels in Aitutaki

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
Aitutaki Lagoon, Motu Akitua, Akitua Island
Sep 20 - Sep 21
4.3/5Excellent! (194 reviews)

This Akitua Island resort is on the beach, 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Aitutaki Golf Club, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Maungapu and Akaiami. Maina Island is 7.3 mi (11.7 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (194 reviews)

"Fabulous staff and service, just a little bit “stark”, but that is often the case with resorts!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort-Adults Only
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Kuru Club Aitutaki
4 out of 5
Main Airport Road, Aitutaki
Aug 24 - Aug 25
4.2/5Excellent! (32 reviews)

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (32 reviews)

"The included amenities needs to be updated in Expedia. There is no continental breakfast included. Wifi is limited to a one off 50gb. The inclusions on your website are misleading and false."…"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Kuru Club Aitutaki
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Tamanu Beach
3.5 out of 5
Main Road, Aitutaki
Sep 9 - Sep 10
4.3/5Excellent! (76 reviews)

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! (76 reviews)

"The property is ok. Very nice and comprehensive staff"…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 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.