Things to do
Aitutaki boasts one of the world’s largest coral lagoons, surrounded by dazzling white sands and turquoise waters. Take a boat trip or snorkel out to Maina reef to spot coral and bright tropical fish. Or explore the tiny, uninhabited tropical islets for a glimpse of the rare red-tailed tropicbird.
While Aitutaki may be famous for its coral lagoon, there’s much to see on land, too. Delve into the island’s rural lanes to uncover ancient sacred meeting grounds and pretty churches with decorated walls. Take in the traditional dances, accompanied by drums, and dine on delicious Cook Island cuisine – locally caught seafood and plenty of fresh fruit.
While in Aitutaki, take the chance to explore some of the other Cook Islands, such as Rarotonga. The largest of the islands, Rarotonga has a striking mountainous landscape, and pure white beaches. While here, visit the 19th-century Cook Island Christian Church and browse for handmade jewellery and artwork in the Beachcomber Gallery.