Aitutaki Island and its magnificent Lagoon is the second most visited island in the Cook Islands. The main island of Rarotonga, location of the international airport, is a 45-minute flight.

Aitutaki is referred to as The lagoon of the South Pacific. Aitutaki's highest point is only 124 metres (Mt. Maungapu). The Aitutaki lagoon with its triangular shape is 12 km wide by 15km long and has an amazing array of turquoise colours and tropical fish making it a popular destination for day cruises and snorkelling.

The Aitutaki lagoon is rimmed by a protective barrier reef and 16 small uninhabited motus (islets). Aitutaki has a population of just under 2000, the majority living a subsistence lifestyle of fishing and farming with tourism being at the heart of the economy.

Air Rarotonga is the only internal airline with 4-5 daily flights from Rarotonga (international airport) to Aitutaki and back.
There are 3 flights on Sunday evening.



  • A visitor permit for 31 days is granted to all non-Nationals on arrival at Rarotonga airport (presentation of a valid passport for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or onward travel is required). Visas can be extended for up to six months at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration in Rarotonga. 


  • The currency of the Cook Islands is the New Zealand Dollar (check here the currency convertor)

  • There are two ATM machines on our island, and three banks on Aitutaki (BCI, & Bank of the South Pacific - BSP).


  • Cook Islands time is 10 hours behind GMT (London), 22 hours behind New Zealand and 3 hours behind US West Coast.


  • International Dialing Code to the Cook Islands = (682)


  • Electricity = 240v / 40Hz (same voltage as UK, Aus & NZ) with plugs being three flat pins (same as NZ). US Visitors will require a convertor.

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