One of the most picturesque islands in the South Pacific, Aitutaki is accessed
through Rarotong via a short domestic flight. This is one of the best Bonefishing
destinations in the Pacific, and perhaps the best when it comes to ease of
access. There is spectacular diving, and snorkelling with giant trevally and the
island is also a popular kite-boarding destination. So much to do in and around
the spectacular lagoon.
The first to come to Aitutaki was a Polynesian voyager named Ru. He divided the
land into 20 sections, one for each of the 20 royal maidens, and completely forgot
about his brothers. Story has it the brothers left the island in anger and continued
over the ocean and eventually wound up in New Zealand.
The original name of the island was Ararau ‘Enua O Ru Ki Te Moana, meaning ‘Ru in
Search of Land over the Sea’. Later the name was changed to Aitutaki – a’i tutaki means ‘to keep the fire going’ – but the old name is still used in legends and chants.
Aitutaki is all about Bonefish. The huge shallow lagoon is alive with them and big fish
too. Fishermen come from all over the world to target these elusive fish, considered
the ultimate saltwater fly species.
Diving here too is incredible, the inner lagoon is
alive with Giant Trevally and outside the reef there are plenty of stunning dives.
Have a go at fly fishing for Bonefish.
Snorkel with the Giant Trevally.
Visit One Foot Island and post a postcard from the tiny island’s post office.