|Aitutaki - the most beautiful
island in the world
Aitutaki is one of the largest atolls in the Cook
Islands measuring approximately 18kms wide by 19kms
long. This volcanic atoll is made up of rolling hills,
flat coastal plains and a large clear turquoise lagoon
enclosed with a surf-topped coral reef and tiny sandy
cay islets (motus).
Aitutaki has many roads
crossing the Island, which provides endless opportunities to
explore the many remote villages and plantations. It is a fact
that it rains less here then Rarotonga and the climate is warmer.
Around Aitutaki, the roads are very quiet so you can safely
bike, drive or walk.
Meet the friendly local Aitutakians and
let them share their history and heritage with you. You won't
find any friendlier people who love to smile and wave at you,
and who will leave you remembering them forever. It is fascinating
to learn their culture, watch their dance in action (Island
night), listen to their singing, and view their local art. You
may choose to take a guided tour of the interior and visit the
ancient sacred sites (Marae), historical landmarks, religious
village, and the World War II track.
If you are adventurous,
you could go hunting in the evening for the land crab and enjoy
the feast. If you like to trek there are some wonderful trails
over the rolling hills and there is a fantastic birds eye
view of the island and the lagoon at the highest point of
the Island called Maunga Pu. At the summit you are rewarded
with a panoramic view of the Island, the blue lagoon and
the many offshore islands that fringe the coral reef. Good
place for a picnic.
|Aitutaki's huge protected lagoon is decidedly
one of the prettiest in the world. You must snorkel and see
what the big attraction is about. Although, even if you choose
not to snorkel, you can swim amongst and hand feed schools of
colourful butterfly fish in the crystal blue water of the lagoon.
Take a cruise around the lagoon and stop over at the many offshore
islands or motus. Or paddle your way around in a kayak and do
the exploring yourself. Visit as many of the uninhabited islands
as you please. For short lagoon excursions take a water taxi
to the many snorkelling spots on the inner reef. But to truly
enjoy and appreciate this great aquatic wonderland, take a full
day lagoon cruise with the various options and styles of boats
All the operators offer a different experience. A full day lagoon
cruise includes visits to motus including One Foot Island, snorkelling
and BBQ lunch. Towels and snorkelling gear are provided. A half-day
tour is offered as well, including a champagne breakfast or
a sunset tour.
|The Outer Reef
|One of the best ways to enjoy the outer reef
of the island is to Scuba dive with Aitutaki Scuba or with
Bubbles Below. The outer reef is still unexplored in many areas making this
an exiting dive destination. A big plus for diving in Aitutaki
is the travel time to the diving spots is no more than 10 minutes.
The outer reef abounds with a marine life and towards the end
of the year (Oct- Dec) the great whales come to play. There
is the shipwreck of the Alexander, which sank during the 1930's
carrying a shipment of cars.
|Some of the best game fishing can be experienced
in Aitutaki. Again you don't have to travel too far from the
reef to catch the great Wahoo, yellow fin tuna, Mahi-mahi or
the elusive marlin.
Whether you are here to experience bone fishing (fly fishing)
or tackle fish with the local Fishing charters you are sure
|Ministry of Marine Resources
|An interesting place to visit. There are five
species of giant clams here, as well as baby sea turtles. The
research station is open weekdays and offers tours that give
an insight into some of the marine life in the lagoon.
|Aitutaki Golf Club. You can rent clubs for $10.00
and play a round of golf (18 holes) for $10.00
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