After Rarotonga, Aitutaki is our second most visited island in the Cook Islands. Secluded and romantic, it holds a compelling allure for honeymooners, many of whom choose this haven for the duration of their stay. You can look forward to languid, leisurely days simply reveling in each other’s company and the jaw-dropping surroundings. Work on your suntan lazing under a coconut palm, relax with a massage or ask for directions to the secret garden.
With flights a mere 45 minutes north from Rarotonga, there is simply no excuse not to visit this spectacular island and soak up the beauty of one of world’s most exquisite lagoons. With Air Rarotonga offering a one-day excursion from Rarotonga including, transfers, airfares, a lagoon cruise, snorkelling and lunch, we would love you to experience this beauty for yourself.
Sip champagne in sophisticated full service resorts or be awed by the gentle lapping of waves on the pristine white sand, drink in hand at the magic sun set hour at your beachside boutique accommodation. Share a delicious meal of coconut crab at Tupuna’s famed restaurant or a delightful brunch at Koru Café. In Aitutaki you’ll experience an array of culinary delights that will melt in the mouth of even the most discerning foodie, set in amongst one of the most spectacular vistas you’re likely to encounter.
There are countless ways to explore the crystal clear, warm turquoise waters and 20 uninhabited islands, called motu, which fringe the lagoon. How about kayaking to a fine white sandy beach that you can have all to yourselves? Or hiring your own boat and setting a course for Maina, or Honeymoon Island, or One Foot Island – where visitors can get their passport stamped at the world’s smallest post office. Several tour operators cruise daily to these and other sand islets and to favourite snorkelling spots abundant with colourful fish, turtles and coral clusters.
Check out the kite boarders zooming across acres of sandy shallows on the South East trade winds then get a lesson and have a go yourself. Go fly-fishing for the mighty bonefish to create a truly unique Aitutaki memory. And just beyond the reef Aitutaki offers outstanding and readily accessible scuba diving for beginners through to experts as well as fantastic deep-sea fishing. Learn the history and culture of the warm and gentle Aitutaki people on day tours or hire a scooter or bicycles to explore at your own pace, meeting the locals at church or the market.
The main island, dwarfed by the vast lagoon, offers gorgeous places to stay for all budgets, including the Cook Islands’ only overwater bungalows and of course many other boutique properties catering exceptionally well for honeymooners or the romantic at heart. If you’re travelling with a family the Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers family friendly accommodation, while our stunning resorts and private villas dotted around the island provide the perfect escape and ooze a sense of casual luxury.
For unadulterated isolation you could choose to stay out in the lagoon on the otherwise uninhabited Akaiami Island, once the refuelling spot for the TEAL flying boats on the legendary Coral Route across the Pacific. Incredibly special, incredibly romantic.
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