Breathtakingly Beautiful AitutakiCircling a magnificent expanse of turquoise-coloured lagoon waters, a crown of emerald green islets with its dazzling reef line is collectively known as Aitutaki.
This idyllic island group is the second most popular holiday destination in the Cook Islands. Its triangular-shaped lagoon nurtures an outstanding marine ecosystem brimming with fish life. The exceptional beauty of Aitutaki has been described as “paradise found” and “heaven on earth” but words cannot describe its magnetism. Aitutaki’s tranquility sinks into the soul and never leaves.
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
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The people of Aitutaki are warm, enthusiastic and welcoming. Beyond the laidback persona, Aitutakians are well known for their keen participation in all sporting and cultural fixtures. Unsurprisingly, Aitutakians often qualify as the champions among their fellow national competitors.
Situated some 220 km north of Rarotonga, (less than one hour’s flight with Air Rarotonga) Aitutaki has a population nearing 2,000 residents.
Aitutaki is a partial atoll with major sand cay features, together with a highly eroded volcanic crater inland of Pacific Resort Aitutaki. Several islets located within the lagoon are true atolls, while motu Rakau, popularly referred to as “Survivor Island” after the reality television series filmed on Aitutaki, is basaltic rock in origin.
Only Aitutaki, the main island within this formation of islets, is permanently inhabited. The remaining islets receive daily visitors from lagoon-cruise vessels. One Foot and Honeymoon islets are the most popular motu used by day-trippers, swimmers and snorkelling enthusiasts. It also the perfect setting for wedding vows to be exchanged. A large proportion of the Aitutaki lagoon is retained as a nature reserve including marine and island ecosystems.