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A visit to the Cook Islands is not complete without seeing the beautiful island of Aitutaki, which is less than an hours flight from Rarotonga. and lies 220 kilometres north of Rarotonga. It measures just 20 square kilometres and is partly volcanic in origin. The breathtaking allure of its crystal clear turquoise waters and sparkling white beaches is an essential ingredient in any Cook Island holiday. This is a place of unsurpassed natural beauty and tranquillity, providing a simple tonic to sooth away the pressures of the outside world.
Legend has it that Maungapu, Aitutaki's highest hill at one time resided at the top of Rarotonga's Raemaru Peak and was brought to Aitutaki by victorious warriors after a fierce battle. The spectacular lagoon (45 kilometres around) you view from the peak is abundant with coloured fish of many varieties, its perimeter sprinkled with many small, charming and accessible, uninhabited islands (motus).
It doesn't seem so long ago that the expansive Aitutaki Lagoon saw the stirring sight of massive flying boats coming in to land on the turquoise waters. The lagoon served as a re-fueling stop for TEAL (now Air New Zealand) flying boats servicing the famous coral route between North America and the South Pacific.
Air Rarotonga has regular scheduled flights from Rarotonga up to four or five times daily to Aitutaki (except Sunday). Day trips from Rarotonga to Aitutaki are also available. This entails departing Rarotonga at 8:00am and returning at 5:30pm. The Day Tour package is inclusive of hotel transfers, airfares, island tour, lagoon cruise, snorkelling and lunch.
We usually recommend a minimum stay of 3 days on Aitutaki to truly appreciate its beauty and a Lagoon cruise on beautiful Aitutaki Lagoon is a must for any visitor! There are a number of tour operators to choose from who will look after you for the day. Relax and experience the beauty of the Cook Islands at its best. Lunch is prepared for you, while you relax and work on your tan, explore the beaches, go snorkelling or hand feed the fish - truly unforgettable. The cruise concludes on Tapuaetai (One Foot Island) where you can get your passport stamped (for a small fee) at the Post Office.
Aitutaki has a great range of accommodation to suit your budget. Tours and activities either land or water based are also available. There is great dining on offer at local restaurants or cafes to tempt your taste buds. Why not hire a car or moped and explore the island on your own. You can do as much or as little as you please, its up to you. Eftpos, ATM facilities and internet cafes are available so you are not totally removed from the outside world. Why not send an email to brag about how great a time your having!
For how ever long you choose to visit us, be it 2 days or 2 months, we invite you to become a part of and share in the Cook Islands experience. Escape the rush and clutter of city life, choosing simply to relax and absorb the relaxed pace of life or to explore the culture and varied natural environments, immersing yourself in the experience. Your time in the Cook Islands will leave a deep impression, ranging from a heartfelt appreciation of the openness and generosity of the people to a far deeper sense of connectedness within yourself.
Either way, we know you will look at life a little differently after you've experienced the wonderful charm of The Cook Islands.