Aitutaki

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.

Culture

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.

Fishing

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.

Must Do's

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.

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