Your Aitutaki Vacation Is Waiting
For those looking to escape from it all and relax in an island paradise, a visit to the resorts of Aitutaki is a perfect opportunity to experience a vacation that you’ll never forget. There is plenty to love about this place, and understanding more about it will show you how to plan your visit – and why you should.
Where Is It?
Aitutaki is located in the Cook Islands, just north of Rarotonga. It’s the second most heavily visited island in the island system, and has a barrier reef as well as a break in the reef allowing for boat access. The island itself is a fair distance from most major terminals. For example:
- LA To Aitutaki – 4,696 Miles
- Hawaii to Aitutaki - 2,778 Miles
- Tahiti To Aitutaki – 1500 Miles
Connecting flights and layovers can add even more flight time to your journey, so it’s a good idea to pack a book to carry you through the trip. But once that you finally arrive, you’ll be in an island paradise that you’ll never want to leave.
Planning your trip means making sure that you have a clear idea as to just what to expect upon arrival. As such, it’s worth reviewing a few basics like weather, seasonal considerations, and more. Here are some of the key things to think about.
- Weather – The weather in Aitutaki is warm. During the summers, temps can be very hot and reach high levels of humidity as well. Even night temperatures can be high here. During the winter months, cooler nights prevail while the days are still quite high in terms of temperature.
- Seasonal Factors – November through April is generally considered to be the slow season due in large part to the higher levels of rainfall to be found. May through October are dryer months, with higher levels of visitors and more expensive accommodation costs. Both are valid options, but it’s just a matter of weighing out the pros and cons.
- Currency – All of the Cook Islands use the New Zealand Dollar, and bringing cash along is a good idea. However, traveler’s checks are welcome at most places and credit or debit cards are accepted almost anywhere. The Islands are quite safe for tourists, and as such theft is very low.
- Language – While you’ll find plenty of English speaking staff at a resort, the language of the Cook Islands is Maori, and most here will speak it fluently.
- Packing Smart – It’s worth bringing casual clothing like shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops. Remember that beachwear isn’t to be worn outside the beach areas due to local customs, though if you’re staying at your resort feel free to dress how you like. Reef shoes, sun hats, and mosquito repellent are worth bringing as well.
Activities And Dining
Aitutaki is an island paradise, more than many other locations. You’ll find a massive central lagoon as well as plenty of beach-related activities here. The reef is beautiful, and beach or lagoon related activities are incredibly common and very popular here. Some of the best activities include:
- Scuba Diving
- Paddle boarding
- And more
Resorts offer most equipment free of charge, letting you head out and enjoy the island however you wish. And there are plenty of dining options as well. Each resort has numerous bars and restaurants ranging from international buffets to locally inspired dishes. There are plenty of cocktail bars as well, making it easy to enjoy a drink on the beach or by the pool. There is plenty to see and do here, and you can even get married on the beach if you really want a memorable experience. Simply put, it’s a paradise that is perfect.
The island of Aitutaki is located 140 miles north of Rarotonga
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa
This luxury resort is located on a private and secluded island, offering great views across the lagoon of Aituaki. This is the only resort in the Cook Islands that offers over water bungalows. Guest services will assist you in complimentary canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, snorkeling equipment, beach volleyball, reef walks. Or, you might wish to hire motor scooters, bicycles or a car to tour the island or book an organized tour – scuba diving, deep sea fishing, lagoon cruises and much more.The famous Aitutaki Lagoon Cruise departs from the resort entrance. Prepare for an amazing day of turquoise water, deserted islands and fresh fish BBQ.
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
This resort is set on 19 acres of tropical forest along an amazing beachfront of beautiful white sands. You will soon discover the most breath-taking lagoon you’ve ever seen, Pacific Resort Aitutaki is pure romance, added refinement, & luxury that would appeal to even the most discerning traveler. It is known as the “World’s Leading Boutique Island Resort” (World Travel Awards 2008-2010)and the Cook Islands only member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection.Pacific Resort Aitutaki is limited to just 27 luxurious absolute beachfront bungalows, suites and villas, all with their own personal, panoramic view of Aitutaki’s world-famous lagoon, where each sunset majestically colors the ocean beyond.
Tamanu Beach Resort is located on the white sand beaches along the west coast of Aitutaki, offering stunning sunset views from the new beachfront Restaurant and Bar. Tamanu Beach resort offers five bungalow accommodation options, including studio rooms, one bedroom lagoon view rooms. All bungalows are nestled amongst lush tropical gardens. The beachfront rooms are on the water’s edge, so close to the gorgeous blue lagoon.Resort features 22 bungalows, conference facilities, two fresh water swimming pools, a beachfront bar, & restaurant and a gift shop.Tamanu Beach is family operated & offers guests a truly unique Polynesian experience. Every Thursday enjoy Island Fire- a performance of Cook Islands song, dance, fire dancing, & talented and dynamic cultural group.Tamanu Beach is a popular haven for magical Cook Islands weddings and honeymoons, and is within easy reach of local cafés, bars and restaurants giving you the opportunity to dine out at your leisure.