The Aitutaki Day Tour

Staying on Rarotonga and already have all accommodation organised?

You can still have an unforgettable day on Aitutaki’s stunning lagoon with Air Rarotonga’s all-inclusive day tour which includes pickup and drop off on Rarotonga, flights, lagoon cruise, BBQ lunch, tea, coffee, water and a tour of Aitutaki Island.

Click here to book the Aitutaki Day Tour
(* please book as One Way flight  from Rarotonga to Aitutaki Day Tour)


The turquoise waters of Aitutaki lagoon have to be seen to be believed.

The Aitutaki Day Tour operates daily Mondays to Saturdays from Rarotonga, departing from the Airport at 8 am and returning by 5.30 pm.

Coach transfer from all hotels and motels in Rarotonga to Rarotonga International Airport are included for an 8 am departure to Aitutaki. The flight takes 45 minutes on our Saab 340 airliner.

On arrival at Aitutaki you will be taken on a one hour island tour of the main island of Aitutaki by ‘le truck’. Then it’s on to the highlight of the day – The Vaka Cruise aboard the 21 metre vaka (catamaran) Titi-ai-Tonga.

The vaka has comfortable covered seating as well as deck sun loungers. Access is easily negotiated for people with physical challenges.

There is time for snorkelling and swimming before stopping for a tasty barbecue lunch, cooked right on board. Anyone who has not snorkelled before will find our tour guides happy to help you to experience the wonder of the lagoons underwater world.

The cruise stops at several motu (small islets) including One Foot Island, before passing by Akaiami, once a stopover for huge TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) Shorts Solent flying boats en route from Fiji to Tahiti on the famous weekly Coral Route.

Snorkelling gear and towels are provided on the lagoon cruise. We recommend you bring a light change of clothing, sun protection and lots of extra film or memory cards for your camera.

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Included in the tour price of NZ$ 493 per adult:

  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel or accommodation on Rarotonga
  • Domestic flights from Rarotonga to Aitutaki and back to Rarotonga with 7 kg cabin baggage allowance only – please note you CAN bring bottles of liquids and gels larger than 100 ml (Suntan Lotion)
  • Aitutaki Island Tour taking in the entire main island
  • The Vaka Lagoon Cruise with stops on several islands in the lagoon
  • Snorkelling equipment and towels
  • Barbequed lunch buffet, tea, coffee and water
  • local VAT tax of 15%
  • children 50% off
  • infants travel for free

If you already have flights to Aitutaki you can join the Vaka Cruise departing Ootu wharf for NZD 125 (children NZD 62.50, infants enjoy this tour for free) by calling 53294, emailing: [email protected] or by visiting Please book the day before as the boat crew needs to prepare extra food and advise availability.

How to book the Aitutaki Day Tour?

To book the Aitutaki Day Tour, please go to our web site and book a ONE WAY flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki Day Tour on the day you wish to travel.

Book the Aitutaki Daytour as a one way trip from Rarotonga to Aitutaki Day Tour
Book the Aitutaki Daytour as a one way flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki Day Tour

This will book the entire tour at a fare of $493 per adult.

You will note that the special flight for this tour:

  • has flight number GZ1612
  • departs Rarotonga at 8 am
  • arrives Aitutaki Day tour at 5:30 pm

This means that you are:

  • travelling on flight GZ612 which departs Rarotonga at 8 am, arriving at Aitutaki at 8:50 am
  • then you are taken on the Island Tour
  • followed by the boat tour on the magnificent lagoon of Aitutaki (10 am to ca. 3:50 pm)
  • returning on GZ619 which departs Aitutaki at 4:40 pm and arrives at Rarotonga at 5:30 pm

Children (50%) and infant fares (free) will be calculated accordingly.

If you booked in this way, please let us know at least 24 hours before departure where on Rarotonga you are staying by calling 22 888 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. So we can advise you when and where to wait for the pickup, as return transfers from and to your accommodation on Rarotonga are included.

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