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Aitutaki island

Aitutaki - atoll in the South Pacific. Luxury and expensive destination, famous for it's aerial photos. Fortunately budget travelers have some opportunities. Small remoted islands (so-called motu) give the most beautiful landscapes with palm trees. Beach and seabed: sand, coral chips. [edit]
This island ranks #2 of the "Best islands in Oceania"
Rating: 9.4 - 368 votes [vote]
Coordinates: -18.888259, -159.778317

Hotels [edit]

Expensive, but few budget accommodations are also available. Book in advance if you plan to visit Aitutaki in high season (June-August).

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How to get there [edit]

Fly to Rarotonga International Airport (RAR). Then fly to Aitutaki Airport (AIT).

If you are not interested in staying on Rarotonga, you may try to buy a ticket from your city to Aitutaki. For example, the cost of two flights New Zealand - Rarotonga and Rarotonga - Aitutaki usually higher than cost of flight New Zealand - Rarotonga - Aitutaki, purchased on one ticket.

The best way to explore main island is by bicycle. Cheap bike rental is located near Arutanga. Also some hotels give free bicycles to its guests.

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When to go [edit]

From June to December. Remember that the maximum crowds of tourists here - from June to August.

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Useful information [edit]

Keep in mind that the island has good sandy beaches, but most of the beaches here - coral smooth fossilization (so-called "concrete") or coral chips. These beaches are very photogenic, but not comfortable to swim and sunbathe.

Also there are no good supermarkets on the island, - only few basic stores. So think about the hotel restaurant. Also you may go to an independent restaurant Tupuna Cafe (works in the afternoon except Sunday), - cozy and relatively inexpensive. Dishes are of good quality, but not too tasty.

Lagoon and small islets (motu) located along its perimeter - is the main Aitutaki attraction. The most common way to explore the lagoon - package tours (from 70 New Zealand dollars per person). You can also order a personal tour (400 NZD per day / 250 NZD per half day for two). Also so-called "Lagoon water bus" goes from Arutanga port (65 NZD roundtrip per person, no Sundays).

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