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) – 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

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

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

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.

Latest update: Aitutaki beaches, Cook Islands: 15 August, 2022