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a week in Aitutaki - stay in one place or move?

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a week in Aitutaki - stay in one place or move?

Hi everyone.

We're travelling to the Cooks in October and will spend 7-8 days in Aitutaki (and also have about 5 days to spend in Rarotonga).

My question is whether we should consider staying at one place in Aitutaki or splitting up the week to stay at a couple of different spots to see different parts of the island. We're basically considering the beaches near Amuri Sands/Matriki/Paradise Cove and then potentially 2-3 nights somewhere else (eg. O'otu).

How different is the experience? Are different parts of the island easily accessible from whatever base we choose? (If so, maybe moving is just an added hassle with little benefit?)

I'd appreciate any input. Thanks!

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1. Re: a week in Aitutaki - stay in one place or move?

Kia Orana Ive, welcome to the forum.

Stay in the one place on Aitutaki. It's a small island and not much to be gained from packing and moving for the final 3 nights of your stay.

Hire a car or scooters to explore the island. The Amuri area where you are planning to stay is a nice locality. Lovely beach around Matriki, but shallower as you go from Amuri Sands towards Paradise Cove.

To visit Ootu, simply go for a drive or day-trip. Nice cafes/licenced restaurants in this area, but it's barely 10 -12 minutes drive from the accommodation places you are considering.

A few inland areas are more difficult to access, including the 2 peaks on the island, when there has been rain making the tracks muddy. But you can always walk up the trail leading behind the owner's house at Paradise Cove, or stop and park on the side roads heading up to the water intakes.

All the best with your planning. Kia manuia.

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2. Re: a week in Aitutaki - stay in one place or move?

I also think you should stay in the one spot and rent a small car or bike if you are experienced riding one. What you choose really depends on the swimming/snorkelling you want to do near your accommodation.

The Amuri area is shallower but offers lots of snorkelling opportunities with lots of coral heads - the best snorkelling of course is on a lagoon boat trip. Ootu offers deeper water for swimming but limited snorkelling opportunities to see fish etc.

Suzi

Edited: 10 August 2015, 13:49
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3. Re: a week in Aitutaki - stay in one place or move?

The lagoon differs in the Amuri - Anaunga area. The nicest beach area and with good swimming and snorkelling is located between Pacific Resort and Matriki Beach-huts. Once you reach Tauono's Garden (Amuri Sands situation) and go north from this point, the lagoon becomes shallower.

Especially at Paradise Cove, although the outlook is pretty the lagoon is shallow which was a reason for the owners of this property to dig a swimming hole into the seabed. Not as great for snorkelling unless its a high tide, but the diversity of fishlife isn't the same as the middle portion of Amuri Beach, further south.

There is another good snorkelling area from the end of the unsealed (coral) runway towards Marine Resources centre.

Ootu sits on a channel that flows out to sea through the nearby reef passage. When it's full tide the water is deep, but at low tide the channel is better for a dip than actual swim. Again it's a very pretty area, with the exposed sand banks creating an interesting visual effect. Wonderful outlook down passage to the distant islets. Good locality for kayaking, with less coral heads in a wider area.

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4. Re: a week in Aitutaki - stay in one place or move?

Thanks for the replies and the great info! We have just made the booking, and will be staying in one place - and probably renting scooters for any day trips. Cannot wait to get there!

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