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When you dream of a tropical island paradise, Aitutaki is the image that comes to mind. Bright-white beaches. Crystal-clear lagoons. Glistening green palms. Tiny roadside stands selling luscious local fruit. This is the South Pacific at its purest.

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Overview

The small and unusual coral island of Aitutaki, one of the most eye-popping destinations in the Cook Islands, remains something of a secret destination for people seeking peace and quiet, virtues the 2,300 residents happily share with visitors. The simple truth about Aitutaki—and this is exactly why it draws certain people—is that the island offers very little that would attract the normal tourist. Rich in bananas, taro, and coconuts, Aitutaki looks almost completely undeveloped to this day. Old hands know the secret of enjoying Aitutaki is wanting nothing other than relaxation and a completely untroubled environment.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights. For domestic flights within the Cook Islands, you are required to check in one hour prior to departure.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport it it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 66° to 77°
October through April: 70° to 82°

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Local Currency: New Zealand Dollar

Currency Information: The airport, banks and most hotels have currency exchange facilities. Major credit cards and travelers checks are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Electricity: The voltage is 240DC/50 cycle. A universal adapter/converter is recommended.

Telephone Information: Direct dialing for local and international telephone calls is available from most hotels and from most public phone booths.

Local Language: Maori

Attire: Although dress is informal, brief attire is not recommended when visiting towns or villages.

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, reef walking shoes, swimwear, insect repellent and after-bite medication, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery and a disposable underwater camera. During the rainy season, lightweight rainwear is advised.

Planner

Aitutaki's climate varies very little throughout the year. It sees daytime temperatures of between 77º and 80ºF in the winter season running from May to October, and between 81º and 84ºF in the summer season running from November to April. The wet season is normally January to early May.

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Top Experiences

  • Get Your Bearings : The main island—unusual for an atoll—rises to a modest peak called Maungapu. It is possible to hike up Maungapu with only modest effort. Once you get to the top, you'll have an excellent view over the lagoon.

  • Sailing, Sailing : You can rent kayaks and pedal boats to explore the atoll's lovely lagoon. A number of glass-bottom boats offer less strenuous tours. Most of these go to Tapuatae, also known as One Foot Island, and offer picnic lunches.

  • Under the Sea : The reef offers excellent conditions for experienced divers. The lagoon offers warm, shallow, and equally colorful diving for the less experienced, particularly on the eastern side toward the reef. There is a huge variety of coral, and splendid visibility of 100 to 200 feet.

  • Fish Tales : Visitors can charter launches for ocean fishing around the atoll, which is celebrated for its saltwater fly-fishing and bonefishing opportunities.

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Transfers

Region: Aitutaki

Instructions: Transfers in Aitutaki are provided by your hotel. Details will be included on your travel vouchers.

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