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Flights to Aitutaki

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Flights to Aitutaki

Trying to decide between a trip to FP (Moorea/Bora Bora) and Aituki. I have credit on Air Tahiti Nui so we would be flying from LAX - PPT, is it possible to fly from PPT directly to Aitutaki or do we have to go thru Rarotonga? Is the best route LAX - RAR? (not sure that Air New Zealand is an option at this point...)

Also, any other thoughts on choosing between the Cook Islands and FP? We've been to Bora before and spent a day in Moorea - we loved both (with the exception of prices!) Honestly we didn't explore Bora much....just enjoyed the water and small beach at the Hilton Nui.

We're looking for amazing beaches, pretty water, snorkeling and paddle boarding. (on a bit of a budget) ; )

Thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: Flights to Aitutaki

HI sarahfer, all flights into and out of the Cook Islands are through Rarotonga only. If you do fly on Air New Zealand you can book all the way to Aitutaki and save some money. Air Rarotonga is code shared with Air New Zealand.

Check out the Top Questions on the right for information on most everything you need to know. about Aitutaki.

Also check out CostCo Travel, they have some very nice packages to Aitutaki.

I have heard it said that Aitutaki is like FP 40 years ago only at a third of the price. Aitutaki has all of what you say you are looking for.

Happy planning.

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2. Re: Flights to Aitutaki

Hi Sarah,

Air Tahiti flies between Papeete and Rarotonga once a week - arriving/departing Raro on a Thursday. If you are on a budget, the cheaper option for flights for you sounds like Air Tahiti would be to your advantage.

Rarotonga island has some very nice beaches, great off the beach snorkelling spots within the marine reserves (Tikioki and Aroa especially), plus SUP hire at Tikioki. I suggest that if you are keen on staying on Rarotonga, that you search for accommodation around the Tikioki - Titikaveka area. Transport options are good on the main island with a bus service and vehicle hire.

One suggestion to visit Aitutaki is to do the day-trip from Raro, flying Air Rarotonga. Or buy a package with accommodation from one of the locally-based travel agencies including Island Hopper Vacations or Jetsave Travel.

All the best for your travel plans. Kia manuia.

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Question..... Is it not possible to fly directly to Aitutaki if chartering or flying smaller plane like a business jet?

After all Aitutaki is listed as a international airport. Or is it only for freight?

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4. Re: Flights to Aitutaki

Any international private plane or charter must get clearance through the Rarotonga customs and immigration office before flying directly to Aitutaki. They do not have to land in Rarotonga but must have clearance before flying to Aitutaki. The customs and immigration officer on Aitutaki will then meet the plane for the proper entrance procedures. It is very rare that a private plane flies directly to Aitutaki but it is possible.

I doubt seriously that the original poster was thinking about chartering a plane.

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5. Re: Flights to Aitutaki

Thank you for clearing that out. Sounds reasonable.

I doubt the original poster will fly private or charter as well but since the subject popped it would answer questions of others.

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