The Cook Islands, the South Pacific archipelago nation, lies north-east of New Zealand, between French Polynesia and American Samoa. Of its fifteen islands, the largest is Rarotonga, site of the capital city, Avarua, which is known for its stunning white coral churches. Most famously however, the Cook Islands are known for having some of the most beautiful tropical lagoons in the world, none more so than Aitutaki which is also home to some of the largest bonefish and giant trevally in the region.
The people are exceptionally friendly and welcoming, the tropical weather is warm year round and there are a host of different activities available which makes it ideal for couples, families and friends to explore - from surf to safaris, from waterfalls to wake-boarding, from pampering to paddle boarding, from night-life to night-markets. The island vibe is chilled and the locals can’t wait to welcome you to their Modern Polynesian home.
With fresh seafood, traditional local cuisine, a range of excellent accommodation and resorts available, its close proximity to Australia and New Zealand make it a very accessible and appealing destination.
- Season: fly-fishing is available all year round, however the prime, dry season runs from April to November, with the wet season typically from November until mid-March
- Bonefish (Kio Kio): length data obtained in scientific studies has shown the Bonefish of Aitutaki to be larger on average than many other locations in the Pacific Islands region
- It looks good: in June 2010 the island was nominated 'the world's most beautiful island"' by Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet travel guide
Aitutaki is most famous for its magnificent coral lagoon, a highlight of any visit to the Cook Islands, and undoubtedly one of the most memorable sights in the South Pacific. Flying over the island from Rarotonga is an unforgettable experience; the vast lagoon spreads out below in a shining disc of jade-greens, turquoises and indigo blues, studded with fifteen tiny islets and bright banks of coral just beneath the ocean's surface.
Home to the huge Bonefish Aitutaki is quickly becoming famous for, improved management plans should ensure that this fishery continues to go from strength to strength. Throw in a tropical lagoon setting that is renowned as being one of the most picturesque in the world, top class guides and specialist flats boats and you have the making of a great fly-fishing destination.
Perfect for combining fly-fishing and relaxation, it is an ideal location for couples and groups of friends who have the option of chasing Trophy Bonefish and huge Giant Trevally, or simply relaxing on the beach with a cocktail and book in hand.
Aitutaki Village offers twelve spacious stand-alone bungalows set in landscaped tropical gardens, managed by staff who provide an exceptional personalised service and Island experience. The bungalows are set back about 50 metres from the beach front and form two lines facing into a tropical garden with bungalows slightly angled for privacy from one another. Each bungalow has a private veranda in front and leads into an open plan living area with high ceilings.
The bungalows at Aitutaki Village feature either king-size beds or twin beds (family bungalows are also available with a bunk bed). Each bungalow is fully air-conditioned and has louvre style windows (with insect screen) and ceiling fans for those preferring a more natural ambience, along with tea and coffee facilities, refrigerators, Wi-Fi access (purchase from reception), iPod docking stations, clock radios, hair-dryers, en suite bathrooms and private decks. Services include 24 hour on-site management and daily housekeeping.
Located right on the secluded Ooto beachfront, there are a range of non-angling activities on offer which are perfect for couples and families. Relax in a sun lounger overlooking the motu, have a massage on the beach, go for a swim, or explore the lagoon via kayaks and stand-up paddle boards which are available at the Aitutaki Village. There is a weekly cultural night and dance experience, while Fly Odyssey packages include all-inclusive ala carte meals throughout your stay from the restaurant which has superb views.
Fly Odyssey has teamed up with Bonefish E2’s WayItu Davey and his team of guides, to provide an all-inclusive five-day Trophy Bone fishing experience, including targeting the best tides for the season ahead. Catering for up-to six fly-fisherman or couples (two anglers per boat), you will chase big Bonefish, Giant and Bluefin Trevally while being guided by the best eyes on the Island. With around fifty square kilometres of waters to explore, the small islands fringing the lagoon boast extensive sand and coral rubble flats providing an ideal habitat to polaroid cruising fish. Weather permitting, you will also have the opportunity to head out wide and chase Mahi Mahi and fish the offshore reefs.
As with all Fly Odyssey bookings, we will provide a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly-fishing guide, prior to your departure.
- Currency: New Zealand Dollar
- Capital: Arvarua, Rarotonga
- Airport: Rarotonga
- Population: 16,000
- Language: Cook Islands' Mãori and English is widely spoken
- Religion: Christian
- Electricity: 240 V (Australian)
- Time: GMT - 10
- Average temperature: mid to high 20s-30s. Wet season: December to March
The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.
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Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is accessible direct via Auckland, Sydney, Tahiti and LA.
The flight time to the Cook Islands via Auckland is three hours and fifty minutes and flights are daily.
Arriving into Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands, you will spend a night there before catching a forty-five-minute short link flight to Aitutaki the following morning. You will be met and transferred to your lodgings before being transferred to the flats.
Fly Odyssey staff can organise and host corporate groups in Aitutaki, including flights and all transfers. For groups looking to combine business with the ultimate island experience, we can provide tailored one-on-one fly-fishing tuition while on the water, while partners can relax in a day spa, by the pool or on the beach. All the gear is supplied and tied, to ensure your guests or staff get to experience the ultimate saltwater fly-fishing experience. Includes photography, and accommodation options to cater to any level of hospitality you require.
Price on Application.