About Aitutaki

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Aitutaki is warm and sunny almost all year round

Aitutaki, also traditionally known as Araura, Ararau and Utataki, is part of the Cook Islands, and located north of Rarotonga. It has a population of approximately 2,000.

Aitutaki is the second most visited island of the Cook Islands. The capital (main village) is Arutanga (Arutunga) on the west side.

Places of interest in Aitutaki, according to Wikipedia, include the following:

Aitutaki is famous for its turquoise central lagoon, uninhabited islands and palm-fringed beaches. Another advantage is that until now it has been spared by mass tourism.

Noteworthy also are an old church (the oldest in the Cook Islands) and some gigantic Banyan trees (Ficus prolixa).

Tapuaetai (One Foot Island), a small islet in the south-east of the lagoon, is often said to be the most important attraction. It is regarded as providing the visitor with the best views of the Aitutaki lagoon and depending on the tide one is able to walk on a sandbank a decent distance away from Tapuaetai (One Foot Island).

The trip to this island is the most frequented trip available on Aitutaki and is bookable in most hotels. One Foot Island was awarded “Australasia’s Leading Beach” at the World Travel Awards held in Sydney in June 2008.

Aitutaki island is the stuff of which dreams are made. It is a triangular-shaped ‘almost’-atoll rising up 4000 metres from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. It consists of three volcanic and 12 coral islets (motu)

Life on Aitutaki moves at a wonderfully relaxed tempo which is why it is such a popular destination for visitors who fly in from Rarotonga for day trips as well as extended stays.

The Aitutaki lagoon are renowned fishing grounds for saltwater flyfishing for the fighting bonefish.

The islands (motu) which are mainly at the outer perimeter of the lagoon are wonderful landing places for the day cruises. The favorite islets are Akaiami and One Foot Island.

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