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  • Tim D
    1 contribution
    It truly is an idyllic setting with it's amazing colours that looking better than an pool colour we've ever seen. The people are amazing. They are genuinely happy and show it throughout the day.
    We began meeting our tour guide Ally, who is a Aikutaki treasure, stopping along the tour route to give shoutouts to local residents. The boat trip throughout the 15 islands with numerous stoos along the way for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch onboard. The crew, guide and captain performed and entertained us playing ukelele, drums and singing along the trip.
    This is truly the best day we had in the Cook Island's, a must do.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • Wei Bing L
    Ipoh, Malaysia409 contributions
    My Uncle & I visited the Cook Islands for the first time, we took the Aitutaki Day Tour from Rarotonga, the day trip was organised by Air Rarotonga and the Vaka Cruise company. The entire day trip was very well executed, from the 7.15am pick-up from our resort in Rarotonga, to the checking-in for the 45-minute domestic flight to Aitutaki, to the Aitutaki Island tour and the Vaka cruise trip in the Aitutaki Lagoon. One Foot Island was the last stop of the day for our day trip and it was DEFINITELY the highlight of our day trip. The beach here is by far the most beautiful beach in the Cook Islands and in the South Pacific Ocean, on par with the beaches of Bora Bora in French Polynesia! The turquoise colour of the lagoon and the palm-fringed beach makes for postcard-perfect pictures for your Facebook and Instagram accounts! Please forgive me, but I have to admit that the beaches around Rarotonga are dreadful, compared to the beach of One Foot Island. Come here and see it for yourself.

    INTERESTING TIP: There is a post office on One Foot Island that will stamp your passports with a very unique stamp for NZD2 each. However, if you are taking the Aitutaki Day Tour, the captain of the Vaka Cruise will stamp your passports with the same stamp for FREE! Therefore, please remember to bring your passports along if you are going for the day trip with the Vaka Cruise company.
    Written 30 November 2023
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  • Mick M
    Adelaide, Australia64 contributions
    Spent two days out with E2’s Crew … great team … met most of the family as well
    Bonefish hooked up both days,
    Knowledgeable few , boat in good order and good service, fishing gear in good order.

    Had a great time. Would recommend it to anyone.
    Written 14 October 2023
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  • GRZ
    Chicago, IL10,093 contributions
    There are a few hotels in this area of the island, we stayed at Tai Roto Bay (reviewed separately) and had access to this beach either fallowing along the shoreline (via shortcut) or going around the main road to arrive at the Aitutaki Village - it's a great place thanks exactly to that hotel and its Blue Lagoon Restaurant as that's where you will get your food/drinks from.

    There are no loungers here etc. as the only ones belong to the AV hotel but either way people just end up swimming in the water/walking on the sandbars - it's not the traditional type of beach, since the either island and the Aitutaki Lagoon aren't - this is not just for the eyes type of feast, but I would say it more is than for the actual beach activities/chilling - however it is spectacular.

    TIP: there are some low tides in the lagoon and the shoreline can change drastically - which was also fun to see/experience

    Written 25 November 2023
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  • mjoy93
    39 contributions
    We drove to where the walking track comes out and walked the rest of the way - you can drive further but the road was a bit over grown when we went in the off-season so we weren't sure. Don't rely on google maps or the Aitutaki maps provided by Cook Islands Tourism Corporation if you want to drive - we accidentally drove onto a few private properties when we did this and had to ask for directions. It ended up being a bit of a bush-bash but was fine. The walk up the mountain is steep but quite short - I did it in thongs though I would not recommend this. The views from the top are spectacular! The walking track from the main road didn't look too steep if you don't fancy driving there. Take a picnic if you can!
    Written 12 February 2024
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  • Maui Mana
    Hawaii204 contributions
    Did a lagoon cruise snorkel and ended up here to explore and have a potluck bonfire. WOW. WOW. WOOOW. Cannot even describe because it was so gorgeous!!!
    Written 6 December 2022
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  • jjluke
    Calgary, Canada1,404 contributions
    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.

    Please kindly indicate if you found this review to be helpful, as it will help me focus on my future review efforts! Safe travels!!
    Written 11 September 2018
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  • mjoy93
    39 contributions
    Definitely worth visiting while you're in Aitutaki. The lookout has great views of the island and some goats will keep you company too! You'll need a car to get here.
    Written 12 February 2024
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  • sydneysider48
    Sydney, Australia1,133 contributions
    A wonderful old church, 200 years old, with thick whitewashed walls and immaculately maintained with interesting interior decoration and raised pulpit, from which the congregation was addressed by the pastor in a mixture of Cook Islands Maori and English. It was delightful to see the many locals enjoying their Sunday service, resplendent in white dresses, suits and shirts, with many of the ladies wearing straw hats decorated with colourful flowers. But the highlight was the wonderful singing! Such harmony and enthusiasm and a truly joyful experience.
    Written 1 September 2023
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  • LindaL246
    Davis, CA93 contributions
    We looked at two scrapbooks while having a snack at the little restaurant in the garden. We walked all over the garden and saw many exotic plants. However, none were labeled. The place needs a lot of TLC and input but it has great potential to be an excellent botanical garden if only...
    Written 11 February 2019
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  • Steve S
    Terrigal, Australia234 contributions
    At a mere 124 metres above the crystal lagoon, the Maunga Pu lookout is the highest point on otherwise relatively flat island Aitutaki. Naturally, we wanted to climb it. We tried to drive our rented little sedan up the bitumen road but gave that up when the steep road turned to gravel and we started slipping backwards. So we left the car parked on the main road, and began a half hour hike uphill. The track was pretty in parts, but slippery and steep, rough in places, tough work for an older couple. We had to help each other up, anchoring ourselves by pulling at vegetation by the side of the track. But once at the top, the 360-degree views were terrific, an ideal home for the tall tower which provides much of the island’s telecommunications and rough monuments to the workers who went before. Tip: Give it an hour and don’t do it at night. It’s not for the fainthearted, infants, or anyone wearing thongs. Boots or shoes with good tread definitely recommended.
    Written 22 November 2023
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  • GRZ
    Chicago, IL10,093 contributions
    It's not a must, especially since you need a car to get to this side of Aitutaki from most of the hotels/resorts, but if you already rented a car I suggest to pass through this area and enjoy it - it looks better in real life than on pictures... plus it's hard to drive and take good pictures :P

    Cool thing is that as you are driving out of the sudden all of the sunlight cuts off as the tree/trees are so dense and you feel like inside a mini "green bubble"
    Written 25 November 2023
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  • GoPlaces52494893296
    1 contribution
    Had the best day and the best experience. The Vaka cruise of the Aitutaki lagoon has to be one of the best highlights of any holiday i have had. The boat cruise, staff and entertainment was second to none. Thank you
    Written 21 February 2024
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  • dfc9258
    North Wales, PA599 contributions
    We had to look hard for this place (get a new sign), but we found this little gem off of the main road. They sell hand made paddles, jewelry made from recycled glass and hand graft ukuleles (on demand). The owner also support great animal causes on the island.

    The store is located inside their house, but definitely worth the trip.
    Written 10 March 2020
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  • Mariko
    2 contributions
    Absolutely LOVED our snorkel tour of the lagoon with Leo. He was a wonderful guide and the giant clams were gorgeous with their colored lips and swimming with the giant trevally and the napoleon wrasse was incredible. One foot island looks like something out of a tropical fairy tale. Too beautiful to be real. And Mere was such a pleasure to communicate with and ride to and from the book with. Also the homemade coconut bread and beautiful fresh fruits platter were all so delicious. We absolutely loved it!
    Written 31 January 2024
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