10 Adults-Only Activities on Aitutaki© Craig Owen - Cook Islands Tourism
10 Adults-Only Activities on Aitutaki

10 Adults-Only Activities on Aitutaki

© Craig Owen – Cook Islands Tourism

Aitutaki Tours and Activities for Adults

Many choose the lesser-visited island of Aitutaki for its blissfulness and that feeling of having its expansive lagoon to yourself. But families enjoy the lagoon too, which isn’t ideal if you’ve come on a romantic getaway or perhaps a “treat yourself” vacation away from your own kids. That’s where these adults-only activities on Aitutaki come in; 10 different ways to experience the gorgeous islands of Aitutaki undisturbed.

Before we dive into the recommendations, be sure to bookmark The Adults-Only Travel Guide to Aitutaki for more trip-planning tips.

1. Experience the Aitutaki Lagoon on a Private Cruise

Constantly ranked as one of the best lagoons in the world, Aitutaki Lagoon is, of course, a major drawcard. Don’t miss your chance to cruise the lagoon, hopping from “motu” to “motu” just because you don’t want to disturb the tranquil tone by getting onto a large tour boat; there are private charters to indulge in too. Snorkel, float on a water hammock and indulge in a private sunset picnic with Kutekute Island Tours & Transfers – the only tour to return to land after dark. Alternatively, Teking Lagoon Tours offers a shorter sunset champagne tour. Either way, the Aitutaki Lagoon is sure to blow you away.

Location: Aitutaki Lagoon. Compare options and find launching points in the 10 Best Lagoon Cruises in Aitutaki.

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2. Try Your Luck at Bonefishing or Blue Water Fishing

The Aitutaki Lagoon is not only famous for its beauty but for its bonefish. Try out the art of bonefishing for yourself with E2’s Way or Aitutaki Blue Lagoon Flyfish, both offering private fishing guidance with all the gear included (except the fishing licence, which you can learn more about in The Ultimate Guide to Fishing in the Cook Islands). If the deep sea or spearfishing is more your thing, head out with Black Pearl Charters and catch some whoppers.

Location: Compare charters and find their locations in The Best Fishing Charters in Aitutaki.

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3. Indulge in a Spa Day

It doesn’t get any more “child-free” than a spa day. Aitutaki is home to several resort spas, with top contenders being Tiare Spa at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki and SpaPolynesia at the Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort. Alternatively, guests at Etu Moana or Tai Roto Bay (both adults-only, by the way) can enjoy in-villa head-to-toe massages.

Location: Discover which spa is right for you and find their locations in the 5 Best Spas in Aitutaki.

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4. Enjoy a Tranquil Piece of Paradise at an Adults-Only Resort

Speaking of adults-only accommodations, did you know that Aitutaki is home to five (plus one which has an adults-only wing)? Ensure that the tone is set right for your Aitutaki retreat by staying in one of Aitutaki’s resorts exclusively for guests aged 12 or 16 plus. All of Aitutaki’s adults-only accommodations offer complimentary use of SUP boards, kayaks and snorkelling gear ensuring there’s never a dull moment.

Location: Check out these tranquil stays in the 6 Best Adults-Only Resorts in Aitutaki.

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5. Treat Your Loved One to a Private Dinner

Enjoy the “eating out” experience with just the ones (or one) you choose with a private dining experience. From a candlelit dinner in a private pavilion on the edge of the Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort to dining under the stars on a secluded private deck at Aitutaki Escape, couples and adult groups have plenty of choices when it comes to memorable meals. For more romance, check out the 10 Most Romantic Things to Do on Aitutaki for Couples.

Location: Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort – Akitua island, a ferry is available from Ootu Beach. Aitutaki Escape – West coast just south of the old airport runway.

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6. Experience Aitutaki’s Famous Kitesurfing

The butter-flat waters of the Aitutaki Lagoon offer the perfect conditions for kitesurfing in the season between May and September. While not exclusively “adults only”, the extreme watersport hardly attracts busloads of families. Kitesurfing specialists like Wet & Wild and Aitutaki Kite School can take you out to their bases on Honeymoon Island for private lessons, while water taxi and gear rental is also an option for those who know what they’re doing. Learn more in our guide, Kitesurfing in the Cook Islands: The Top 10 Places to Kitesurf.

Location: Pick-ups are included with the operators mentioned above.

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7. Set Sail on a Hobie Cat

Another way to enjoy the lagoon and harness that wind energy is sailing. Sailing Aitutaki offers private lagoon excursions on their 17ft Hobie catamaran, the most eco-friendly way to get around the lagoon. The relaxed three-hour tour takes you to a motu (island), allows you to try sailing for yourself, stops for snorkelling, and includes light refreshments.

Location: Tours depart from Ootu Beach, located at the southern end of the new airport runway.

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8. Discover the Underwater World on a Scuba Diving Trip

Scuba diving trips and lessons typically have an age limit of around 10 years old, so you’ll be unlucky to be sharing a boat with rowdy little-uns. And once you’re in the water, well, it’s just the sound of “bubbles below”… Speaking of which, Bubbles Below (Dive Aitutaki) is the main dive operator of Aitutaki, offering dive lessons and single, twin and ten-dive packages. Learn more about what they offer in the 5 Best Dive Shops & Operators in the Cook Islands.

Location: Bubbles Below dive shop is located at the Arutanga Harbour.

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9. Swim with Whales

Again, not many parents are throwing young children into the deep blue, so you’re likely to be sweet for an adults-only experience swimming with humpback whales. From July to October, whales migrate to the warm waters of Aitutaki to raise their young, which is an incredible opportunity to see these gentle giants underwater. Whale excursions are available with Wet & Wild, while private whales charters are available with Bubbles Below.

Location: Discover more about the tours and their locations in the 7 Best Whale Tours in the Cook Islands.

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10. Tee Off at Aitutaki’s Golf Course

Finally, you’ll hardly hear a peep out of the island’s excitable children at the Aitutaki Golf Club. That’s right, Aitutaki has its own tropical 9-hole golf course among swaying palms and lagoon views nearby the airport. You can hire clubs from the airport to enjoy teeing off at your own leisure or join the locals for their Thursday competition starting 3.30pm-4pm. Find out more about making the most of Aitutaki’s golf course in The Complete Guide to Golf in the Cook Islands.

Location: The northern tip of the island, above the old runway.

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More Adults-Only Tours and Activities on Aitutaki

That’s it for our list of the top adults-only activities on Aitutaki but is by no means the end of our Aitutaki advice! Check out the following guides for more trip-planning tips:

And finally, browse The Complete Adults-Only Travel Guide to the Cook Islands for anything you might have missed.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Cook Islands Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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