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Introducing Aitutaki Island

Often compared to the Tahitian island of Bora Bora, Aitutaki is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the South Pacific and one of the most exquisite lagoons in the Cook Islands (if not the world), teeming with rainbow-hued reef fish and surrounded by a necklace of tiny motus (islets) – just the perfect spot for a romantic honeymoon.

What to do and see

Discover several palm-fringed sugar-white beaches that merge into lush rainforest that blankets the slopes of Mount Maugnapu.

Explore the more than 21 tiny uninhabited motus by boat, wander hand-in-hand through ankle deep water at low tide from the powder-white sands of one tiny motu to another, snorkel crystalline water, hand-feed colourful tropical fish and enjoy a magical sunset cruise with your sweetheart.

Hike trails though the tropical rainforest or hire a bike to explore the island’s sleepy villages and authentic Polynesian South Pacific lifestyle on your very own honeymoon adventure.

Best beaches on Aitutaki Island

Aitutaki is home to some of the best beaches in the South Pacific. The finest beaches ring the coastline, while others fringe numerous tiny atolls (motus) that dot the turquoise lagoon – just perfect for couples celebrating a romantic honeymoon.

The northwest coast of Aitutaki Island boasts a string of gorgeous, palm-fringed white-sand beaches, including…

One Foot Island,  Tapuaeta’i Motu, Aitutaki

One Foot Island

(Tapuaeta’i Motu) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe on the fine sugar-white sand of Tapuaeta’i Motu, more commonly known as One Foot Island.

Wander barefoot along sand bars at low tide, enjoy a perfect picnic and go snorkelling, scuba diving or fishing in the turquoise waters that gently lap the beach of this idyllic island.

Easy to reach by boat on a day trip, One Foot Island is located in the south of Aitutaki Lagoon, one of the best beaches in the South Pacific.

Samade Beach, Aitutaki

Samade Beach

Dig your toes into the gorgeous, soft sugar-white sands of Samade Beach overlooking Aitutaki Lagoon on secluded Ootu Point on the northeast cape of Aitutaki Island.

Come on a day trip or stay overnight and longer at the 4-star Samade on the Beach Resort, and be pampered with style.

Akitua Motu, Aitutaki

Akitua Motu

Sitting just 50m away from Ootu Point, lies the tiny, private atoll of Akitua Motu, home to a gorgeous white-sand beach and the luxury Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa.

Relax in the attractive overwater bungalows, sunbathe on the exquisite beach, swim in the turquoise waters of Aitutaki Lagoon or explore nearby tiny motus in a kayak.

Akaiami Motu, Aitutaki

Akaiami Motu

Unwind on the gorgeous white-sand beach that surrounds Akaiami Motu, home to the stunning palm-fringed Kaiami Beach and the luxury Akaiami Beach Lodge.

Best time to honeymoon in Aitutaki

Anytime, but September and October are probably the best months to honeymoon in the Cook Islands, as the weather in this part of the South Pacific is typically warm averaging 28˚C and not so humid.

Temperatures range from 18°C to 28°C from May to October, and from 21°C to 29°C during the summer wet season, from December to March, which is typically hot and humid in the Cook Islands.


The Cook Islands form part of Polynesia and are scattered across 2 million sq km of the South Pacific, about 3500km northeast of New Zealand and 1000km southwest of Tahiti.

Latest update about this honeymoon destination: 1 August, 2017


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