Aitutaki accommodation offers the quintessential tropical island escape, giving you sandy beaches, turquoise waters and one of the world’s most beautiful coral lagoons on your doorstep. The majority of Aitutaki hotels are ideally positioned on the waterfront, providing you with views to-die-for and that classic, laidback island lifestyle. Luxury accommodation in Aitutaki is not the only choice, however, with a range of hotels, bungalows and villas to suit every holiday budget. If the Cook Islands is one of your wish-list destinations, you can start exploring Aitutaki accommodation now with our guide to staying in Aitutaki, below.

 

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Choose your style of Aitutaki hotel

Given the stunning surroundings, it’s not surprising that luxury hotels in Aitutaki are readily available. Pacific Resort Aitutaki is a perfect example of the kind of secluded, deluxe hotel you will find here, with absolute beachfront bungalows, suites and villas, all with their own private, panoramic view of Aitutaki’s world famous lagoon. If you absolutely must stay in an overwater bungalow, Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort will not disappoint. If a more casual style of Aitutaki accommodation is what you’re after, there is still a good choice of hotels and local inns offering quality service, beachfront locations and reasonable prices. Tamanu Beach is a lovely 3.5-star option which offers polynesian-style bungalows, right on the beachfront.

Where to stay in Aitutaki

If you’ve come to the Cook Islands for the snorkelling, Aitutaki accommodation along the north-western perimeter of the island is the most ideal. This area is also close to the airport for quick and easy getaways. If you’re looking to enjoy breathtaking South Pacific sunsets during your stay, note that you’ll need to book your Aitutaki accommodation on the western side of the island so you can experience this magical spectacle to the full.

Best time to stay in Aitutaki

The best time to visit Aitutaki is when the weather is dry and the nights relatively cool, between the  months of May to September. This aligns with the New Zealand winter. December to March is generally quite hot, with intermittent tropical showers. If you hope to catch sight of a whale, August and September are great whale-watching months. Bear in mind that two important cultural events on the calendar are the Te Maeva Nui (which means ‘the big celebration’) Festival at the end of July, and Vaka Eiva canoe races in November, which is the biggest paddling competition in the world.

Getting around Aitutaki

While there is no public transport system on Aitutaki, there are plenty of ways to get around. You could hire a car, scooter, bicycle or rent a taxi, although taxis can be expensive. Walking is an entirely viable way to get around, but if you have young children or are carrying luggage, groceries, etc, a small rental car is probably a good idea.

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