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This beautiful atoll island, first settled by Melanesian sailors around 800BC, is a gently sloping island at the heart of a glorious ring of coral, enclosing a turquoise lagoon five times the island’s land size, fringed by a low-lying ribbon of islets.

Snorkelling on Aitutaki, Cook IslandsThough just 200 kilometres to the north of Rarotonga this low, coral island is completely different in feel, with cruises, sailing and snorkelling expeditions focused on the sheltered lagoon.

Bone-fishing is a special attraction, and there is fantastic diving on the sheer drop-offs of its outer reefs. For most visitors, it is the pristine, white-sand beaches that are the major draw, offering a wonderful opportunity to relax in a land where time has little meaning.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Aitutaki

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Aitutaki, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Aitutaki

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    Places near Aitutaki

    Accommodation choices for Aitutaki

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Aitutaki. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Beachfront bungalow, Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas, Aitutaki

      Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas

      First Class

      A small property with a waterfront location, Etu Moana offers a wide range of complimentary activities as well as secluded villas set in tropical gardens. Although it has no restaurant, villas have kitchenettes and alternative dining options are within walking distance.

    • Pool at Pacific Resort Aitutaki

      Pacific Resort Aitutaki

      Deluxe

      A refined, beachfront property offering some of the best rooms on the island, the Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers a white sand beach, sweeping views and fine food, as well as a range of complimentary water sports and a full spa.

    • Are Tamanu Beach Village, Aitutaki

      Are Tamanu Beach Village

      Medium

      Set on a long stretch of powder-white beach right on Aitutaki's expansive lagoon, Are Tamanu Beach Village is a family-run resort offering warm and friendly Cook Islands hospitality.

    • Bungalow, Samade on the Beach, Aitutaki

      Samade on the Beach

      Medium

      Located right on the beachfront at the top end of Aitutaki Lagoon, Samade on the Beach is a lively and fun place to stay, but also a beautiful place to just sit back and relax.

    • Are Tamanu Beach Village, Aitutaki

      Tamanu Beach Village

      Medium

      Tamanu Beach Village is a small, family run resort and an ideal place to relax, get away from it all and enjoy Aitutaki's wonderful lagoon.

    Ideas for experiencing Aitutaki

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Aitutaki, and which use the best local guides.