Aitutaki atoll and its lagoon is for us probably the most breathtakingly beautiful place we ever visited. It's the classic picture postcard of small palm tree fringed tropical island, with shallow, warm turquoise waters, corals, tropical fish and blue skies. The diving in and around the reef is fantastic and offers easy shallow lagoon dives to more challenging & deep drop off dives right in front of the island. All that with warm tropical waters of around 27 degrees in summer time to around 29 degrees in summer time. Aitutaki has only 2 dive operators and scuba diving is not as luxuriously managed as for example the Maldives. But be patient and you might be rewarded with the sight of humpback whales during the dry monsoon (June to October).
The Aitutaki Beach Villas www.theaitutakibeachvillas.com
Matriki Beach Huts
Paradise Cove Lodge
Inano Beach Bungalows
Below Dive Aitutaki
Your best bet for a good diving experience is Onu Hewett from Bubbles Below.
The best time to visit the Cook Islands is outside the cyclone season between the months of April and November. Outside this period it can get quite hot and unpleasantly humid.
Fly into Rarotonga’s International Airport (Airport code RAR) from either Los Angeles, Auckland, Papeete, Sydney, Brisbane or even Melbourne. The flight from Auckland takes about 3,5 hours. The flight from Los Angeles wil take you about 9,5 hours.
After this a short 45 minute flight with Air Rarotonga (www.airraro.com) will get you to Aitutatki.