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Aitutaki Day Tour

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Snorkeling Photo - Aitutaki Day Tour. Just a spacer

Being in the lagoon and feeding the fish was a fun experience, and for the not-so-good swimmers there is no need to worry, the water is pretty shallow and there is plenty of marine life around you. So you wont miss out on the whole experience if you don't like to venture out into the deeper waters.

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The Aitutaki Day tour operates daily Mondays through Saturdays. It departs from Rarotonga Airport at 8 am and returns at 5.30 pm. The tour includes transfers to/from airport to your accommodation, flights, island tour of Aitutaki, lagoon cruise and barbecue lunch. Towels and snorkeling gear are also provided.

This is activity is their most popular excursion. The Day Tour starts with a coach transfer from all hotels/motels to Rarotonga International Airport for an 8 am departure to Aitutaki. The flight takes 40 minutes on our Saab 340 pressurized airliner during which a tea and coffee are served.

Upon arrival at Aitutaki you will be taken on a short island tour by 'le truck' lasting around one and a half hours and during which a stop is made at the local village market where souvenirs can be purchased.

Then it's on to the highlight of the day - the lagoon cruise. Departing from the wharf opposite Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa, you will board the 21 meter catamaran Titi-ai-tonga. (Translation: "Wind from the South" the name of a historic trading schooner that used to serve the island early last century).

The catamaran has comfortable covered seating as well as sunbathing decks and access is easily negotiated for people with physical disabilities including those in wheel chairs.

The clear turquoise water of the Aitutaki lagoon is spectacular!

There is time for snorkeling and swimming before stopping at a motu (small islet on the fringing reef) for a tasty barbecue lunch, cooked right on board. Anyone who has not snorkeled before will find that their lagoon tour guides only to happy to help you experience the wonder of the lagoons underwater world.

It's not that hard and after a short lesson most people will find snorkeling a breeze.

The cruise will pass by Akaiami, the small islet that was once a stopover for huge TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited)
Shorts Solent flying boats enroute from Fiji to Tahiti on the famous weekly Coral Route TM. The service finished in 1965 when Tahiti�s international airport at Faaa opened to landplane service. The return flight arrives back at Rarotonga airport at 5.30 pm.

It is recommend you bring a light change of clothing, sun protection, and lots of extra film or memory cards for your camera. You will be inclined to take many pictures of this beautiful island and the water that you are surrounded by! You can see the fish from the boat and all the coral without even getting into the water, it is magnificent, you don't get that view from everyone you vacation to.