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Some other
islets are uninhabited

They make perfect outings for honeymooners and other romantic couples seeking a Polynesia seclusion.


Lodging covers a broad price range, from budget huts to luxury resorts. One has over-water bungalows.

Early comers to Aitutaki

They include William Bligh of Mutiny on the Bounty fame (1789) - and Charles Darwin on his HMS Beagle voyage (1835).


The driest and least humid months are April to October. The wet and more humid period runs from November to March (and is least desirable from January to February).

Political status

The Cook Islands is an independent nation, but has close ties with its nearest big-country neighbor, New Zealand. For example, the Cook Islands draws most of its tourists from New Zealand - and has adopted that country's dollar as its official currency.

Getting there

Rarotonga is the capital island of the Cook Islands and is the nation's international air gateway. You reach Aitutaki from there on a 45-minute flight.

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