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Aitutaki.net, the online travel store where you can book and pay for accommodation, tours and activities for your
stay on one of the World’s favourite islands.
This website also features packages, specials & last minute deals with accommodation, tours and activities. Some
packages or last minute deals may include discounted air fares from Rarotonga flying with
– the Airline of the Cook Islands. We recommend you check back frequently as these are added regularly.
With it’s spectacular lagoon and motu (small islets) showcasing a unique Polynesian culture, Aitutaki’s
reputation as a ‘must see’ stopover in the South Pacific is richly deserved.
Aitutaki is the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world but there are also
some gentle activities one can pursue, scuba diving, snorkelling, lagoon cruises, walkabouts or a visit
to the church to name a few.
Legend has it that the island was first discovered by the Polynesian voyager Ru. It seems certain this
great Polynesian navigator and his entourage were the first settlers of Aitutaki a thousand years ago.
Disenchanted with the leadership of his home island, thought to be Tubuai in the Society Islands, Ru
with his party of young men and their consorts navigated the large twin hulled vaka Ngapuariki, through
days and nights of Pacific storms in search of a new homeland.
Centuries later and under the command of Captain William Bligh, Aitutaki was sighted from the HMS Bounty
on the 11th of April 1789, just a few days before the infamous crew mutiny led by Fletcher
During World War Two several thousand American servicemen descended on Aitutaki changing the landscape
with the construction of a coral runway to provide an easterly route between Australia and Hawaii to
avoid the advance of Japanese Forces.
You can’t over describe it. After the peace the War Department will have to send troops there
to drag those guys home.
it’s a soldier’s dream
An American war correspondent
The 1950s and 60s saw Aitutaki as a stopover for TEAL Solent flying boats on the romantic ‘Coral Route’
en-route to and from Tahiti.
Travel on the Coral Route was expensive during a period when most international passengers still went by
sea, and many of the worlds rich and famous stepped off onto the sands of Akaiami while the giant
aircraft re-fuelled en-route between Samoa and Tahiti.
Today, Aitutaki has the modern conveniences of our era. However the stunning lagoon and availability of
arable land means that every child still learns to plant and fish. Famed as the entertainers of the Cook
Islands, Aitutakians still present spectacular Polynesian dances, drumming and song as they have done