Aitutaki, Rarotonga Accommodation
Aitutaki is the second most visited destination in the Cook Islands, and as you fly over and get your first glimpse of its magnificent coral lagoon you will begin to understand why. A combination breath taking scenery, superb snorkelling and the friendly laid-back attitude of locals makes for an Aitutaki island escape that you will never forget.
Just 220 kilometres north of Rarotonga, Aitutaki is the only atoll in the six inhabited southern group islands. To get there visitors take a 45 minute flight from Rarotonga, on a modern SAAB 340 30 seat pressurised aircraft.
A number of first time visitors with limited time in the Cook Islands opt for the popular day-trip to Aitutaki, including a lagoon tour complete with snorkelling and a fresh fish lunch. It gives you a great taste of the island but almost always leaves you wanting more. So treat yourself and plan to stay at least a few days on this Coral Atoll with one of the pristine and most non commercialised lagoons found anywhere in the world.
TV fan's may recognise Aitutaki as the location for the reality show Survivor Cook Islands. Between May and August 2006, Aitutaki played host to the 13th series of Survivor - the reality TV Show created by Mark Burnett productions and CBS. While on the island you may get the opportunity to visit some of those Survivor locations.
Aitutaki's main island is just 12 km long and at its widest point and approx. 15 km from north to south and very easy to get around by car or scooter. Aitutaki accommodation options are scattered around the island. You can have your choice of Aitutaki beachfront bures, sea view villas or garden hideaways.The main town on the island is the sleepy settlement of Arutanga, which lies on the western coast. For a birdseye view of Aitutaki it's worth climbing or driving up Maungapu. At 124 meters high it is the highest point on the island and offers some superb views of the lagoon. And when it comes to swimming and snorkelling, O'otu Beach, located near the airstrip, is one of the best beaches on the island.