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Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki is an island dreamscape curled around a blindingly blue lagoon. A cruise to Aitutaki brings guests to the middle of the ocean, far from the bustle of cities. There are only 1,700 residents on Aitutaki and most live in Arutanga, the main town. Even during peak tourist season, you will find that Aitutaki stays quiet. This remote volcanic island has plentiful beaches and deserted motus (coral islets) scattered across the lagoon. Take a boat tour to One Foot Island, home to a tiny post office and cabin. Laze under a coconut palm and soak up the astonishing scenery. Or explore by scooter or bike. When it’s time for a cool off, there’s swimming and sandbar-hopping. These warm waters are full of curious marine life. Spot super-sized clams and giant trevallies, pufferfish, rays and octopus. O’out Beach, one of the island’s most popular, is a sandy haven near bungalow resorts and restaurants. 

Top 3 Things To Do In Aitutaki, Cook Islands

1 Aitutaki Lagoon Wade into the world’s most beautiful lagoon.
2 Mount Maungapu Enjoy extraordinary views from Aitutaki’s highest point.
3 One Foot Island Mail a postcard from this remote island in the lagoon.