Accommodation in Aitutaki
The lagoon of Aitutaki, with a circumference of 45 km, is known as one of the finest in the world. With its pristine soft white sandy beaches with crystal clear turquoise lagoon waters, you wont argue with that when you arrive. A cruise through the lagoon is not to be missed. Aitutaki – part of the southern island group of the Cook Islands is geologically almost an atoll, has an area of 18 km² and its highest point is 124 m.
Aitutaki is located 220 km north of Rarotonga and is connected daily by Air Rarotonga.
Aitutaki has the shape of a triangle pointing up. On the south and east side of the stunning turquoise lagoon are a series of small uninhabited motu’s (small uninhibited islands). On the northwest side of the lagoon lies the hilly main island. Arutanga is halfway between the west coast of the main island.
Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets
Director of Pacific Island Travel, Rob Kusters shares his top picks of Hotels, Resorts and accomodation in Aitutaki for all budgets!
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
“This hotel is a stunning 5-star boutique resort property. It is the only property in the whole of the Cook Islands to be a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world. Each bungalow, suite or villa is standalone and absolute beachfront. At this resort you cant go wrong with any room. ”
Samade on the Beach
“This is a comfortable 3-star property on a 5-star location! Fantastic choice for those who want an amazing view with an affordable price tag!”
More information about Aitutaki
Fruits of Rarotonga
1. Lagoon Cruise
An absolute must while on Aitutaki is to explore its world famous lagoon onboard a lagoon cruise. These trips typically include multiple stops for snorkelling as well as lunch at an uninhibited motu (island). Our picks include: Te King Lagoon cruises or Vaka Cruises.
2. Visit One Foot Island
Whilst exploring Aitutaki Lagoon make sure to stop off at One Foot Island. You will notice this island is a shape of a foot when you fly in over Aitutaki. Don’t forget your passport so you cant get it stamped on the island!
Aitutaki is a diving wonderland. If you are a diver or planning on getting certified this is a great spot for it.
4. Sunday Church
A great way to mix and mingle with the locals is to attend a Sunday church service. The powerful singing in Cook Island Maori is mesmerising.
5. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Aitutaki Lagoon is a perfect play ground to try Stand Up Paddleboarding, the worlds fastest growing sport. Most resorts have boards available to hire so make sure you go out there and give it a go. The lagoon outside of the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is a good place to start your adventure.
6. Scooter around the island
One of the best ways to explore Aitutaki is on scooter. Simply hire one from your hotel, pack a picnic and explore the island with the wind in your hair.
7. Island Night
No trip is complete with a visit to a cultural show. Cook Islanders are famous for their captivating drum beats and fast paces hula dance.
8. Enjoying a cocktail at sunset
You are on an island holiday after all! There are plenty of great spots to enjoy a cocktail at sunset on Rarotonga. We recommend having a cocktail at Pacific Resort Aitutaki, poolside with the lapping lagoon in the distance.
9. Try local cuisine
A popular local dish to try on Aitutaki is Mud Crab, and the best place to try it is at the local style restaurant – Cafe Tapuna. Mmm!
10. Exploring the local arts and crafts studios
Aitutaki is home to fantastic local artists. There are a handful of local artists dotted around the island. Make sure to stop in at T&S Crafts for handmade bead jewellry and handmade ukulelles.
In regards to transportation there are several options. You can hire a car or scooter (very popular way to explore the island with the wind in your hair). Or for those with a bit more energy, another great way to explore the island is by push bike or electronic bike.