Less than an hour’s flight from Rarotonga, idyllic Aitutaki Island has a special sense of magic and tranquillity. Aitutaki's vast lagoon (45km around) is renowned as one of world’s most beautiful, with crystal clear turquoise waters and dazzling white sand beaches. Aitutaki's coral heads and marine life offer superb diving and snorkelling, and the island has a range of tours and activities, including lagoon cruises, fishing and sightseeing tours and island safaris.

A road encircles Aitutaki, hugging the coast most of the way, and visitors can hire motor scooters, cars and 4WD vehicles at reasonable rates. Arutanga, on the west coast, is Aitutkai's main village with a collection of shops, a post office and a small wharf. Air Rarotonga operates a scheduled domestic service to Aitutaki and there are also day tours to the island departing from Rarotonga Airport at 8am every day except Sunday.

Geographic Area

Approximately 100km north of Rarotonga. The main village is Arutanga.


Over 2500


Aitutaki is warm and sunny all year round.
Dry Season
April to November; average temperature 20ºC - 26ºC.
Wet Season
December to March; average temperature 22ºC - 28ºC.

Time Zone

10 hours behind GMT

Major Attractions

Aitutaki Lagoon, Mount Maungapu, Te-Poaki-O-Rae Marae, Vaipae and Tautu Villages, Ministry of Marine Resources, Tapuaetai Motu (One Foot Island), Maina (Little Girl), Islet Diving & Snorkelling.