Aitutaki

Dive into the Secrets of Serenity

Regularly listed as one of the most romantic places on Earth, and the second-most visited island in the Cooks, Aitutaki is famous for its impossibly crystal-clear, turquoise water of its central lagoon, tiny motus (islets) and pristine, palm-shaded beaches. Inland, Aitukati's rolling hills are a patchwork of banana plantations and coconut groves.

220 kilometres from Rarotonga and easily accessible by air, flying over Aitutaki is breathtaking. The immense, turquoise lagoon appears to float on the deeper blue of the Pacific, and is speckled with 15 uninhabited motus and brightly coloured corals just below the shimmering liquid surface. this is the ultimate blue lagoon. A leisurely walk to the summit of Aitutaki's highest peak, Maungapu, might only reach an elevation of a little over 120 metres, but it delivers sweeping views that are sure to leave you breathless. Another popular spot is the beautiful One Foot Island, where the TV show Survivor was filmed.

Boasting one of the world's largest coral lagoons, it is with good reason that snorkelling, fishing and diving are popular on this island paradise, as is simply finding the perfect beachside spot and not budging for anything other than a refreshing drink or delectable bite to eat.

Insiders' Tips

  • Traditional Dining: Sample local fare with a delicious earth-oven cooked feast.
  • Underwater Paradise: Snorkel in the amazing lagoon of Aitutaki.
  • Can you Survive?: See where series 13 of the TV show Survivor was filmed around 4 Aitutaki's beautiful motus.
  • One Foot Island: Take a day trip out to visit the beautiful beach and lagoon of One Foot Island. Don't forget to take your passport for a unique stamp.

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