Akaiami Beach
Akaiami Beach
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jjluke
Calgary, Canada1,420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
This is one of the motus visited on the VAKA Cruise (reviewed separately, please read my other review for details). There is a resort on this island, and it had history of being one of the stops in the old TEAL days, as evidenced by the now broken up dock.

Akaiami is one of the most beautiful and pristine locales visited by the tour. The pictures really say it all: the sand is nice and the water is gorgeous. Truly a piece of paradise and you have to pinch yourself at the beauty in front of your eyes. The only bad thing: it is sad we only had 20 minutes to spend here, as I could have stayed there all day.

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Written 11 September 2018
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JessiPalmer
Hervey Bay, Australia436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
We visited for only 15 minutes on a lagoon tour. This island is incredibly picturesque and we would love to come back and stay for a week.
Written 25 April 2018
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jjluke
Calgary, Canada1,420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Please indicate if this review was helpful so I can focus my future efforts accordingly.

This review is actually a subset of the Vaka Island Cruise which we participated in as a day tour package offered from Air Rarotonga. They also visited Rapota (not in Tripadvisor) and Tapuaetai (One Foot Island, lots of reviews). Please visit my other reviews for more details.

We only spent fifteen minutes on this island as the first stop, so we moved quickly to take some awesome pictures of the marvelous view. There is a resort on the island (Akaiami Paradise I believe) which we hope to one day be able to stay on! The island was actually formerly a stop in the old TEAL route coral run, and there is a bit of a landing dock which is now in ruins.

Apart from this, there isn't much to say so I will let the pictures do the talking :)

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Written 8 March 2017
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Tracy G
92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
This island was a stop on our cruise around Aitutaki. It is a beautiful island with both a historical story - TEAL stopover - and a modern story - location for a number of reality tv shows. I would love to return.
Written 1 January 2017
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Zachary W
Claremont, CA263 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
We only stayed in Akaiami for a few minutes as a stopover on the Kia Orana cruise; it's a nice island, but the accommodation there doesn't look so nice.

I like the way we did it.
Written 17 August 2015
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LeonKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
I love the history behind this motu (Island) as used to be a TEAL airlines (old Air New Zealand) stop over point on the Coral Route in the 1950's/60's. Even John Wayne stopped over on this Island.
The old jetty is still there although broken up with age.
Yoy can stay here also & i would stay here on my next visit as apart from the lagoon cruise visitors you have the island to yourself with great swimming & amazing once in a lifetime views.
I found this better than One Foot Island!
Written 2 January 2015
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Niris_17
Brussels, Belgium87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Wonderful, unspoilt nature. Best swimming beach on Aitutaki and an excellent snorkelling spot. Highly recommended.
Written 5 December 2014
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marons
Fkp277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
Private beach... No, it is for everyone but seldom there is anyone there.... So, you can have it for yourself. It is desolate and perhaps because the lagoon cruises and private charters choose to go to Moturakau, Maina and One foot island instead. However Akaiami is not to be missed.
Akaiami has a very nice sand beach on the west side and the waters are clear.
If your lucky you can get a visit from a giant travelly who is almost tame. You can hand feed him and he is really really big.
On one place of the beach you can still find the warf from when the TEAL airline made stop-overs in Aitutaki lagoon. The Queen of Aitutaki, Queen Manarangi Tutai has told her story of how it used to be when the TEAL planes arrived. Read it at http://www.ginasaitutakidesire.com/the_teal_story_-_by_queen_manarangi.htm
Also this is one of the few islands (motus) outside the main island where there is accommodation - Ginas Beach Lodge. If you do deiced to stay over night on Akaiami make sure to bring moquito reppellent as the mozzies on the outer Motus are tougher and more of.
Written 13 August 2014
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Steve5863
Avon, OH13,020 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
Akaiami is one of the 22 motu (islets) within Aitutaki Lagoon and one of the three visited by most of the lagoon cruises. Like all of Aitutaki, Akaiami is gorgeous with white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Akaiami is more developed than the other two motu visited on the lagoon tours with a beach club and at least two lodgings, Gina's Akaiami Beach Lodge and Akaiami Paradise. Besides the beauty, Akaiami is most notable for the ruins of the old TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited, later becoming Air New Zealand) sea plane dock where they stopped flying the Coral Route between Fiji and Tahiti.
Written 20 April 2014
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