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Aitutaki private island to rest of island

Aitutaki private island to rest of island

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Kia Orana Igadgrant,

The resort's boat is the only means of access for passengers, casual diners, staff, supplies, and maintenance teams between Ootu and motu Akitua. The bridge that linked these two locations across the Ootu channel was removed some ten years ago. The bridge was damaged by a major cyclone, and never replace.

The resort boat operates on demand from early morning (for staff to start work) and ends late at night. It is not a 24 hour service, but in an emergency the resort can call upon their staff to provide a way to get medical care at Aitutaki hospitel, using a boat transfer to Ootu.

Hire vehicles are available in Ootu. Cycles for guests use available on Motu Akituta (name of the islet that the resort is located upon.

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Correction to the typo in my post above. Motu Akitua is the correct name for the small islet in the Ootu channel that Aitutaki Private Island Lagoon Resort sits upon.

Many refer to the resort as the Akitua.

Ootu is a neat spot to wander around in the daytime. Take the boat across the channel for the Koru cafe for lunch, or the Boatshed or Blue Lagoon restaurants for dinner.

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I was there in January and there was also a bridge from the island to the Boat Shed cafe, which was very convenient. Not sure if this is a permanant structure or just for access while construction was going on.

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Have a look on the resorts own Facebook page, some great videos of the whole resort including all the different types of accommodation and it shows the ferry.

When we were there not long ago people were swimming across to the island….it’s that close.

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You are so lucky Aitutaki lagoon and that resort spot are one of my favorite places in the world. Do post a report how it's doing post covid.

I too am usually not a fan of being "stuck on an island" but in this case it is a non issue. It's technically an island but the channel is maybe 100m wide depending at which spot. Easily you can swim and probably wade across in low tide but I didn't try it, and certainly kayak. Anyway you don't wait for the barge when they see you approach the bank on either side they come and get you within a minute. We used to walk across and go get coffee/lunch at the coffee shop on the other side all the time, several times a day. There were actually a few such places a very short walk, maybe 10 minutes from your room including the barge.

The lagoon is on the other side, there were kayaks, paddle boards and bikes lying around you could just use any time. It's just ridiculously spectacular.

Please post an update, do go to one foot or barefoot island whatever it was called, and that roving sandbar if you can.

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