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Aitutaki Accommodation Guide

Aitutaki is the second most popular island to visit in the Cook Islands and it's a 40-minute flight north of Rarotonga, the main island with approximately eight flights per day. The most popular style of accommodation on Aitutaki is the traditional styled bungalow with open plan living, high ceilings cooled by fan and often with thatch roofs. There's just three hotels on Aitutaki with over 20 rooms, all three being upmarket beach resorts aimed more at couples than families, although families are welcome at two of them. These three hotels offer the bungalow style of accommodation as opposed to cement block rooms. There's also a dozen small properties with between 10 to 20 beach bungalows or units although few of these have their own restaurants - Aitutaki Village being the exception with a lovely dining hut overlooking the lagoon and open to the public.

Aitutaki Hotel Directory
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. Pacific Resort Aitutaki
North Aitutaki
28 rooms
Resort
1,080 - 1,980 get hotels best rate quote
. Aitutaki Village
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
12 rooms
Bungalows
$ 370 get hotels best rate quote
. Aitutaki Beach Villas
North Aitutaki
5 rooms
Bungalows
$ 195 - 265 get hotels best rate quote
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. Aitutaki Lagoon Resort
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
37 rooms
Island Resort
$ 710 - 1,395 get hotels best rate quote
. Tamanu Beach Hotel
North Aitutaki
24 rooms
Resort / Hotel
$ 370 - 550 get hotels best rate quote
. Etu Moana Bungalows
North Aitutaki
8 rooms
Bungalows
$ 495 - 735 get hotels best rate quote
. Aretai Beach Villas
North Aitutaki
3 rooms
Bungalows
$ 300 get hotels best rate quote
. Inano Beach
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
7 rooms
Bungalows
$ 130 - 170 get hotels best rate quote
. Gina's Garden Lodges
South Aitutaki
4 rooms
Units
$ 120 get hotels best rate quote
Others
. Akaiami Lodge
Motu, Aitutaki Lagoon
3 rooms
Bungalows
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. Paradise Cove Lodges
Motu, Aitutaki Lagoon
12 rooms
Bungalows
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. Popoara Villas
Motu, Aitutaki Lagoon
5 rooms
Bungalows
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. Matriki Beach Huts
Motu, Aitutaki Lagoon
3 rooms
Backpacker
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. Ranginui's Retreat
Motu, Aitutaki Lagoon
8 rooms
Bungalows
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. Josie's Lodge
Motu, Aitutaki Lagoon
6 rooms
Backpacker Lodge
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Accommodation in Aitutaki Island

Most Aitutaki accommodation is located on the north-west coast of the main island, just north of Arutanga Village, the community hub of the island. This stretch of coast has the nicest beach on the main island and excellent snorkelling off the beach. There is another collection of bungalows at Ootu Point on the southern tip of the island facing the lagoon and from where most day cruises depart. Ootu has a much narrower strip of sand but has a beautiful outlook to the offshore islands and the meandering lagoon here is shallow and great for swimming and kayaking. Both areas are about a ten minute van ride from the local airstrip.

Although most people visit Aitutaki to enjoy its stunning lagoon, there are only a couple of places to stay on these offshore islands known as "motu. The majority of islands remain blissfully uninhabited except for tourists visiting on day cruises and local land-owners coming every so often to tend garden plantations and fish in the lagoons.

Aitutaki is a very laid back outer island with little commercial aspects and in tune with this there are no large resorts on the island. Of the three small Aitutaki resorts to choose from, the largest has just 37 rooms. Holiday-makers visiting Aitutaki will find the main island small enough to explore in a day although you could easily spend a week cruising around the vast central lagoon with its fringing motu islands, snorkelling amongst giant clams, spotting nesting sea-birds and leaving perfect footprints in an otherwise untouched sandy beach. Or you can simply lie back in a hammock strung under the shade of two coconut trees and chill out for the day.

The three resorts on Aitutaki all have swimming pools, a restaurants sunset bar and tour desk to book lagoon cruises and usually have cars or mopeds for rent if you want to explore the island. The bungalow properties have fewer amenities although there's a great beach-front restaurant at Aitutaki Village. Internet access is usually available in a communal room but speeds are as slow as the island pace of life! Moped hire or buggy rentals is a good option to explore the island and dine out at night.

Aitutaki Travel Information

There are five to eight daily flights to Aitutaki from Rarotonga, but no reliable passenger ferry. The large island is the only one with villages although there is no public bus around the island. Car and moped hire is readily available, there are a couple of independent restaurants, a shop and supermarket in the main village. Four tour companies offer day cruises around the lagoon or you can hire a private water taxi.