A tiny island surrounded by bright-blue water and towering coconut trees, Aitutaki is a postcard-perfect slice of paradise nestled in the vast South Pacific Ocean. Experience the slower pace of life on Aitutaki, explore the island’s rich culture and traditions and indulge in a variety of memorable outdoor adventures.
Things to do in Aitutaki
The highlight of any Aitutaki holiday is witnessing the Aitutaki Lagoon. Climb aboard a catamaran cruise and set sail to the dreamy uninhabited islets, where you can snorkel in aqua waters and spot giant clams and colourful tropical fish.
Head to O’otu Beach, considered one of the best beaches on the main island. Admire its tropical scenery from the golden sandbar, then grab a cocktail and watch Mother Nature’s colourful display at sunset.
For the best views of the island, hike Mount Maungapu, a relatively easy trek to a 124-metre-high summit. It rewards you with panoramic views of the turquoise lagoon and coral reef. Explore the island by scooter to find ancient temples peppered along the coastline or head underwater for a scuba diving adventure.
To learn more about the island’s culture, try one of the local delicacies, such as lke mata, raw tuna with coconut milk. Head to Tamanu Restaurant on Aitutaki’s blue lagoon to sample a variety of dishes inspired by Pacific Island cuisine and watch Island and Fire Dance shows.
Getting around Aitutaki
The easiest way to get around Aitutaki is by car or scooter, which is easy to arrange with rental companies located on the island. The island is serviced by Aitutaki Airport, which is only a 45-minute flight from Rarotonga.