Most Beautiful Island Lagoons in the World
"No artist's palette could ever conceive of a more perfect, more luminescent turquoise than that of the lagoon of Aitutaki, arguably the most beautiful in the world." ( Steve Davey has written in his book, "Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die")
The Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands is one of the most beautiful island lagoons in the world, with its world-famous stunning lagoon, coral reefs and small islets. The islets are also called ' motu '. It is situated in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean with thousands of kilometers of open sea from any mainland or continent. The lagoon has recently been made famous for another reason. Survivor Cook Islands was recently filmed there with all the publicity that came with it and visitors can take the opportunity of visiting the Aitutaki Survivor locations in the atoll.
Aitutaki has many attractions, including the magnificent lagoon itself and the small islands that border the lagoon. The scuba diving is also excellent with the fringing reefs having a great deal of coral and marine life. The coral sand beaches are second to none and the accommodation ranges from 5 star luxury to small beach huts.
Aitutaki has some of the best resorts in the Cook Islands and they are situated to take in fantastic views of the lagoon, island and islets. In addition to the luxury resort accommodation, there are a number of smaller beach bungalows and ocean view Aitutaki lodgings. This means that no matter your budget you will be able to enjoy an Aitutaki vacation.
The local airline, Air Rarotonga, flies to Aitutaki from Rarotonga several times a day, including Sundays. It is a 55 minute flight.
There are no international flights landing in Aitutaki - you need to clear customs at Rarotonga. But Air New Zealand has a codeshare agreement with Air Rarotonga which means there are good connections to and from the Air New Zealand services between Rarotonga and Auckland and Los Angeles.
If you have limited time in the Cook Islands you can opt for a day-trip to Aitutaki. The day tour includes a short tour of Aitutaki, a lagoon trip, snorkelling and lunch at One Foot Island.
Cook Islands Airport Authority
PO Box 90, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Email: email@example.com
Foreign Embassies in Aitutaki
United States Embassy,
Wellington, New Zealand (also responsible for Cook Islands): +64 (0)4 462 6000.
British High Commission,
Wellington, New Zealand (also responsible for Cook Islands): +64 (0)4 924 2888.
Canadian High Commission,
Wellington, New Zealand (also responsible for Cook Islands): +64 (0)4 473 9577.
Australian High Commission,
Wellington, New Zealand (also responsible for Cook Islands): +64 (0)4 473 6411.