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Aitutaki Day Tour | From $699 per adult

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As you descend to land, you will be blown away by the view of the most amazing turquoise lagoon on planet earth. After a tour of the main island, you will board the Vaka Teariki Moana. Here you begin your cruise across the spectacular lagoon of many shades of blue.

There are several stops at some of the motus (tiny islets) before One Foot Island. At each stop you should take the chance to explore them as you could sight some of rarest birds.

There will also be many opportunities to swim and snorkel in between these stops. Then, before you reach One Foot Island your friendly crew will prepare on-board a delicious lunch consisting of freshly caught fish grilled on the BBQ, served with salads made from local organic fruit and vegetables.

Get ready to create some unforgettable memories and don’t forget to send us a postcard from the smallest post office in the world on One Foot Island!

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  • Full day Lagoon Cruise with The Vaka Cruises
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The Aitutaki Day Tour is a full day excursion featuring one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. This Cook Islands tour commences at approximately 7.00am, where passengers are transferred to the airport for a short 50 minute flight across to Aitutaki. The view on arrival into Aitutaki is spectacular, the tiny offshore islets knows as motus appear like beads strung along the protective coral reef and the white beaches that border each island are just beautiful.

After landing, the tour guide will take you on a tour of the island of Aitutaki, visiting the main township of Arutanga. Then its on to the pier to board a 21 metre vaka Titi-ai-tona, or traditional catamaran. The slow cruise across the lagoon to the top reef will take you past many of the offshore motus and sand bars that are permanently raised above the high tide mark. At the top reef, everyone gets a chance to snorkel amongst schools of tropical fish and hand feed them. Lunch is served on the vessel as you take a slow cruise to One Foot Island, where for a few hours you can swim in crystal clear waters, explore the island or just laze in the sun on the soft white sand beaches, before returning to mainland for the flight back to Raratonga.

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Operates : Monday to Saturday Departs : Pick-up from Raratonga hotel 7.00am Returns : Approximately 5.30pm (6.00pm from April - September)

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Save at least a day for the best part – aitutaki day tour, heaven in a day., nine and a half hours of pure bliss…cruising, swimming, snorkelling in sparkling blue waters…relaxing over a barbecued lunch of freshly caught fish. book now, this is fabulous trip..

Tours depart from Rarotonga Airport at 8:00AM and returns at 5:30PM daily (except Sundays). Rarotonga hotel transfers commence from 7:00AM for properties furthest from the airport.

No visit to the Cook Islands is complete without an excursion to beautiful Aitutaki, 160 miles north of Rarotonga – a 45 minute flight. If your time is short and you are unable to stay a night or two at an island resort, then take the award winning Day Tour and experience the best this spectacular atoll has to offer. The large lagoon and many small motu (islets) provide a wonderful setting for snorkelling, swimming, beach-combing and sunbathing.

The tour includes airport coach transfers from all Rarotonga hotels, round-trip airfares to Aitutaki, an island tour, lagoon cruise aboard the 21m catamaran Titi-ai-tonga and barbecue lunch. Beach towels and snorkelling gear provided. We recommend you bring a light change of clothes, sunscreen and plenty of extra film.

All-Inclusive costs (incl. VAT):

Adults: $493.00 child (2-11 yrs): $246.50 infants (under 2 years) free., for reservations and information phone air rarotonga on +682 22888 or book below..

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Aitutaki Day Tour From Rarotonga: Air Rarotonga Review

Find out all you need to know about going on the Aitutaki Day Tour with Air Rarotonga. I will be giving you all the information you need to know such as how to book, costs and what to expect.

We’ve all seen that windows screen saver of palm trees overhanging turquoise blue water on a secluded island. Well, welcome to Aitutaki. I knew I wanted to visit but there was no way I could afford the crazy prices of the resorts there! Luckily I found out about the Aitutaki Day Tour which makes visiting the island a whole lot more accessible.

No matter where you are staying in Rarotonga , the magnificent island of Aitutaki is only a short flight away thanks to daily departures with Air Rarotonga. Though, due to its inaccessibility for common goods, it can be a lot pricier than the popular island of Rarotonga. This is especially true when it comes to accommodation and meals. Luckily, with the Aitutaki Day Tour with Air Rarotonga, you can experience absolute paradise. Enjoy life aboard a luxury catamaran, a tour of the quaint town, return flights, and the best meal you will have in the Cook Islands for about the same price as just the flights themselves.

Get ready for isolated sandy beaches , smooth lagoon cruising, and laughter as you are entertained by the amazing staff on the Aitutaki Day Tour with Air Rarotonga.

Aitutaki Day Tour With Air Rarotonga: Discover Paradise

Why do an aitutaki day tour, how to book, how much is the aitutaki day tour, flying to aitutaki with air rarotonga, exploring aitutaki township, lagoon cruise in aitutaki, snorkeling in aitutaki, one foot island, is the rarotonga to aitutaki day trip worth it, what to pack.

enjoying the shallow waters sitting on a sand bar in aitutaki

Now I am not going to lie I personally was a bit skeptical of the Rarotonga to Aitutaki day trip when I first booked. It is a lot of money for a backpacker to afford so my expectation was set very high. Though my parents had visited there before and their stories of the place sounded incredible. White sand bars stretching into the lagoon, crystal clear turquoise waters, and fish the size of a small child.

Aitutaki is honestly unlike any place I have visited before. If I were to imagine the closest it would be a small slice of the Maldive relocated to the South Pacific. Though without the ridiculous 7-star accommodation. Sure if you can afford it why not stay over at Aitutaki. Though the day trip encompasses all the best thing has to offer into one well-planned day.

Enjoy being whisked around the town, learning about the history and culture. Step aboard a decked-out catamaran and get ready for the best views you have ever witnessed. Welcome to paradise.

our incredible wooden catamaran boat on our day tour

You can book the Aitutaki Day Tour online with Air Rarotonga. It is best to do this in advance before you arrive on the island as it is known to sell out.

Though if you manage to get lucky or space opens up you can book once you are in Rarotonga directly through your hotel.

You are also able to amend or cancel your booking up to and including the day of departure. This provides a lot of flexibility when it comes to planning and especially giving peace of mind when booking in these pandemic times.

looking out to the incredible blue waters in aitutaki

The Aitutaki Day Tour costs $493.00 NZD for an adult or $246.50 NZD for a child aged 2-11 years of age. Children under 2 years old are free.

The plane departs from Rarotonga domestic Airport at 8am each day.

tasha amy on the aitutaki day tour

A full shuttle bus picks us up at 7am outside of our accommodation in Rarotonga. Heading towards the airport the sky’s here are grey. A light rain falls with smalls streaks of sun occasionally popping through the clouds, it is less than ideal conditions. Though, luckily we will be missing out on this.

The check-in at Rarotonga Airport is extremely easy. We just hand over our passports and the boarding passes are printed out. It is more like a receipt paper than your regular boarding pass. Though if you have visited Rarotonga before you will know that things are a lot more relaxed here.

Soon enough it is time to board our flight. We are directed onto a plane sitting on the runway and take our seats. Surprisingly enough, even in such a small aircraft, it is extremely roomy. There is a lot more leg space than any other flight I have been on.

Taking off we are presented with amazing views of Rarotonga down behind us. The rain covers certain parts of the island while the morning sun starts to take over. Before we know it we are surrounded by the ocean for as far as the eye can see, oh and of course the clouds.

Though, the further away we fly the clouds begin to disappear until there are only a couple left in the sky. Once at cruising altitude, the smiley air hostess offers us all candy and a beverage.

While descending, the island of Aitutaki quickly comes into view with its unmistakable beauty. The waves crash against the massive lagoon, dotted with reef and shallow waters, resulting in the most amazing shades of blue. Everyone has their cameras out, snapping shots of the mother natures creation. Fifteen islands are located in the lagoon which makes up Aitutaki, though many of these are inhabited.

The landing into Aitutaki Airport is smooth and it does not take long to depart with everyone excited to take their first step on this amazing island. We are quickly greeted by our tour guide, Ali. His cheery and hospitable persona set us off to an amazing day in paradise.

small air rarotonga plane at rarotonga airport

At the airport, we are loaded onto a literal truck. Though, with bench seats lining the outside we all grab a cushioned spot and relax back enjoying the island breeze flowing through.

We are given the low down on Aitutaki, which quite surprisingly has a lot of history. From being the first airport in the Cook Islands during the war to being the birthplace of Christianity of the country. It seems Aitutaki is more than just paradise landscapes.

One of the main differences between Aitutaki and Rarotonga is the lack of dogs. In fact, there is not one single dog on the entire island, they were banned when the chief’s daughter got attacked back in the day and people still live by that law.

The township of Aitutaki is small being home to less than 2000 people and our tour guide seemed to know every person we passed. From the children at the school to the workers in the port and the locals maintaining the jungle-like landscapes. He tells us most people here have multiple jobs as there is a surplus of employment here, even he is a fire dancer by night.

church buildings in aitutaki

Through gorgeous palm tree-planted fields and along the shoreline we reach one end of the beach where our large catamaran is waiting. The 21-meter boat easily fits us all on and having the seating undercover provides the perfect shelter from the intense Aitutaki sun.

Greeted by music and fresh coconuts it is the perfect way to get into the island vibe. The beat of the drums is contagious and you will find yourself suddenly bouncing each time a new song starts up!

The Vaka Cruise is certainly a highlight of the Aitutaki day tour and when you look at the turquoise-colored surrounding lagoon it is understandable why. Though, having such a well-equipped boat, with entertainment and plenty of space is the cherry on top of the cake.

vaka cruise in aitutaki fresh coconut and music

The Beautiful Island Stops

The first stop on the boat is not far away down the lagoon. The sand is perfectly white and clean, with no rubbish or rocks in sight. This is my kind of beach! Palm trees line the shore on both sides of the boat and the turquoise waters are extremely inviting.

I jump straight in at the first opportunity. There is no way I can turn down the most perfect beach I have ever seen! The ocean has so much salt that I can effortlessly float without having to move a muscle. This is how I spend the next twenty minutes before it is time to board again for the next stop.

We head close by to where two islands lay next to each other. The one we disembark at is actually where many seasons of the TV show Survivor has been filmed, as well as the UK TV show, Castaway. The tour guide Ali walks us around the island, telling stories that play a large part in the history of Aitutaki while we dodge the hundreds of crabs lining the shore.

small islands in aitutaki on our day trip

Lunch During The Aitutaki Day Tour

The crew on the Vaka Cruise catered to all my self-confessed foodie needs. With a mixture of both local and western options, the buffet-style lunch is the perfect spread.

The freshest fruits such papaya, watermelon, mango, and passion fruit are provided. They all go down a treat and are extremely refreshing. There are numerous salad dishes as well as delicious fish and bread made the local way.

Oh, and if you try one food on of Vaka Cruise it must be the poke! Seriously, it was the best poke I had while in the Cook Islands.

fruit platter on the vaka cruise in aitutaki

Stopping in the middle of the lagoon we are provided with snorkels and flippers. Gearing up on the boat we jump into the water preparing to start treading water. Though, in amazement, the water was only chest high. That is not what you expect when you are literally in the middle of a lagoon with the outlying islands in the distance.

The world under the water was absolutely incredible. I never imagined I would be snorkeling with fish half my size, especially in a such shallow area. Though, the Giant Trevally did not seem bothered in the slightest as I swim around them.

Giant calms dot the seafloor and curious fish come up to see what all the splashing is about. The life within the lagoon is vibrant and amazing. There are so many different species and coral formations rising up from the ocean floor covered in hard coral.

small zebra patterned fish under the water in aitutaki

No doubt the most famous island in Aitutaki is One Foot Island. It is the last stop on the Aitutaki Day Tour before heading back to the mainland. The gorgeous palm trees, turquoise waters, and white sand make this place the picture definition of paradise.

On arrival, we head to the main building to get our passport stamps. This costs $2.00 NZD / $1.50. You can also buy postcards here if that tickles your fancy. It is a ‘thing’ to get your passport stamped here. I think it is so you can prove you have been to one of the most beautiful islands in the world, but don’t quote me on that.

Jumping back into the water after putting my passport safely on the boat, I swim across to a nearby island. On this island the sandbar seems to go on forever, just ankle-deep water as far as the eye can see. It is the perfect place to bring out the GoPro and snap some amazing Insta worthy pics.

palm trees on one foot island

I was certainly not ready to leave paradise. Though, the time had come to board the boat for the last time and head back to the mainland.

The crew plays music while we cruise across the lagoon and soak in the last of these amazing sites. The mood is upbeat, but none of us are ready to leave this beautiful place.

As a traveler, I go to new destinations to experience the best of the world, from impressive cityscapes, harsh mountain ranges, and lush jungles. Though, having explored Aitutaki I know I will never experience a more natural paradise landscape than I am now. It is a strange feeling being sure that it does not get better than it will at this moment, but that is the only way I can sum up Aitutaki.

Saying goodbye to paradise from the seat in the plane I watch the amazing lagoon fade further into the distance. Aitutaki is a place that I know I will come back to one day without a doubt. Though, while I wait, I have a sunburn to nurse and ocean-drenched hair to control.

the bright blue waters of one foot island in aitutaki

There are some things it’s best to take along with you on your Rarotonga To Aitutaki Day Trip to make the most out of your experience. Also, keep in mind you are only allowed to take 7kgs worth of luggage as carry-on. They will provide towels and snorkeling equipment.

Camera : Of course you can’t forget the camera. You will want this when you are visiting One Foot Island. This place is absolutely incredible and if you are going to hike to the viewpoint then you will want to capture to view.

Go Pro: For sure bring along your Go Pro if you have one. The underwater world here is pretty damn good. You will regret not bringing along your GoPro at your first snorkel spot.

Sunblock: Let’s avoid looking like a lobster and bring a reef-safe sunblock along with you!

Sunglasses : It’ll definitely be worth bringing sunglasses along with you. The sun shining off the sea can be super bright so protect your eyes by bringing along a pair of sunglasses.

Where To Stay In Rarotonga

There are plenty of options when it comes to accommodation in Rarotonga. From small hostels, apartments on the beach, luxury resorts, and everything in between.

Though just be aware that even 5-star resorts in Rarotonga don’t actually look too great so adjust your expectations accordingly. This is an island with limited resources and seems to be a few years behind New Zealand, which is again, a few years behind the rest of Oceania. As a result, rooms can look quite dated, think floral prints from the ’70s, though that’s just the atheistic on the island.

Things To Do While In Rarotonga

One great thing about Rarotonga is that is it basically impossible to get bored during your stay! There is such a wide variety of things to do and beautiful sights you will constantly be out exploring.

Also, for a more extensive list be sure to check out my post on the Best Things To Do In Rarotonga .

Raro Buggy Tours: I have always wanted to do the buggy tour as there is such hype so I booked it in on my most recent trip. I remember saying at the start to my partner that we must swap halfway so I get some fun. Though when that time came I was enjoying it so much I was happy to stay a passenger!

Cultural Show: A more tame activity is checking out one of the evening cultural shows . These are a magnificent insight into the Cook Island culture with extremely impressive performances involving dance and fire. A buffet dinner is also included with both western and local favorites. Lagoon cruise: More of a family-friendly activity is the lagoon cruise. There are a couple of companies you can book with, though we went with Koka Lagoon Cruises. It is a perfect way to get into the Cook Island spirit. With plenty of performances, snorkeling, entertainment, and a delicious lunch it is the ideal way to spend half a day.

Across Island Hike: One of the most popular things to do is do the Across Island Hike and visit The Needle. This will take you right into the interior of the mountainous island with some amazing ocean views.

Beach Hop: Now you cannot go to Rarotonga and miss out on exploring the incredible ocean life and this can easily be done on a budget, if not for free. Basically, no matter where you are staying on the island the ocean is just a walk away. Do what I did and bring your own snorkel, or hire your own from a few dollars a day. Honestly, you could spend hours exploring the underwater life and corals (pro tip: the best snorkeling spot is Aroa Marine Reserve behind The Rarotongan beach resort or in front of Fruits of Rarotonga)

Swimming With Sea Turtles: No matter what your budget is swimming with sea turtles is one activity I recommend to everyone visiting Rarotonga. This experience will have you swimming alongside these majestic beauties. I did this with Ariki Adventures and cannot recommend this enough. As an alternative, they also offer a lagoon safari which I recently did. This is suitable for all ages and is safe for those who are not the most confident swimmers.

Quad Biking: If you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie then quad biking is perfect for you! Head right into the inland area and among the jungle. Explore off the beaten track and get some of the best views of the famous needle which stands high over Rarotonga.


Find out all you need to know about going on the Aitutaki Day Tour with Air Rarotonga. I will be giving you all the information you need to know such as how to book, costs and what to expect.

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Backpackers Wanderlust was a guest on the Aitutaki Day Tour  with Air Rarotonga while in The Cook Islands, however, as always, all opinions are my own.

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Tasha Amy is a true backpacker at heart and has been discovering the world on a budget since 2015. Based in Gisborne, New Zealand she will spend many months each year traveling overseas as a solo female traveler before coming home and sharing her adventures online with you.

18 thoughts on “ Aitutaki Day Tour From Rarotonga: Air Rarotonga Review ”

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Wow! What an amazing day trip! I would love to do this one day! Your photography is incredible! Beautiful and informative post!

Avatar for Brigitte Minks

Damn girl! Those photos, this article! You make me want to go there so badly now! I really love the way you’re editing your photos as well and will search for your Instagram too!

Avatar for Mary

Your pictures are stunning. I need to go snorkeling there, such a beautiful spot!

Avatar for Sarah Shumate

I just can’t get over how beautiful the water is here! It truly deserves to be called a paradise! I love your photo of the black and white fish swimming in the water!

Avatar for Kathleen

Holy Cow! That is a beautiful place. I think I might have hidden out and built myself a little shelter. So incredible. The passport stamp is so cool!

Avatar for Joy Sheehan

Your photos are just stunning! I love all the hues! This place looks absolutely incredible!

Avatar for Leigh

Your photos are amazing! I want to go just for that adorable passport stamp from One Foot Island!

Avatar for Linda de Beer

I’ve heard about the Cook Islands, but the name doesn’t give any indication they are so beautiful. Just wow! Your photos and detailed information make me want to visit Aitukaki now!

Avatar for Emma

This is absolutely stunning. Just wow. That half underwater, half above the water picture especially is amazing. Aitutaki has just leapfrogged its way up my bucketlist.

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Okay so the Cook Islands are just a dream. I have them on my list and cannot wait to see them one day. When I move to Australia (planned for 2021 ish) I will be heading here along with other South Pacific dream destinations. I love the passport stamp. That is the sweetest ever.

Avatar for Emma

Oh my gosh I did this trip! It was insane, although instead of the day tour I stayed for 3 nights in Aitutaki, which was incredible! Brings back memories for sure :)

Avatar for Catherine

Rarotonga is the most amazing place. So beautiful, calm and relaxing. And then Aitutaki – heavens!

Avatar for Greta

Your photos are beautiful! And that water looks stunning, I need to go here one day!

Avatar for Kathi

I didn’t know a place with this name existed, yet you managed to catapult it onto my bucket list :) The colour of the water looks surreal! Thanks for sharing!

Avatar for Lenise Calleja

Planning a visit to Cook Islands next year. I hope to be able to make it to Aitutaki as well. It looks like heaven on Earth :)

Avatar for Katherine

Oh my gosh. The blue is so amazing – and this is coming from someone who lives in the Philippines (we have a thousand island and beaches). Would love to be able to visit Aitutaki someday too.

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Wow it looks AMAZING! Visiting the Cook Islands is a dream! And the passport stamp is probably the cutest on Earth, that’s why I’d get it ahah!

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I had no idea you could visit Aitukaki on a day tour. I’d love to visit the Cook Islands this year and will def look into this option when making my plans.

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10 Best Lagoon Cruises on Aitutaki

10 Best Lagoon Cruises on Aitutaki ⛵

Which cruise to choose on the aitutaki lagoon.

If there’s only one thing you do on Aitutaki, make it a lagoon cruise. Contrary to popular belief, there are actually many options for seeing one of the South Pacific’s most stunning lagoons. Large Polynesian-style vessels, small-group adventure tours, private sunset charters, glass-bottom boats and sailing catamarans: they are all ways to enjoy the Aitutaki lagoon and its motu (islands). Snorkelling gear, towels, transfers, water and lunch are typically included on full-day tours, but it always pays to check with the operator for any additional needs. Be sure to bring reef-safe sunscreen and a sense of humour if the weather turns bad.

Before we begin, be sure to open the 101 Best Things to Do in the Cook Islands: The Ultimate List in a new tab to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

1. Teking Lagoon Cruises – The Best Lagoon Cruise on Aitutaki for Adventure, Conservation and Seeing More of the Lagoon

With a maximum of 10 passengers, Teking Lagoon Cruises offers a small-group experience on the breathtaking Aitutaki Lagoon. Their “Snorkelling Safari Tour” is the most popular cruise they offer, visiting four of the lagoon’s motu (islands) and three vibrant snorkelling spots where the focus on ecology and conservation allows you to get more out of the experience.

Enjoy around 30-45 minutes of snorkelling time among giant clams, giant trevally and purple coral. Your experience also includes a refreshing island barbecue on Maina Island , as well as a visit to Honeymoon Island and the infamous One Foot Island and its sandbank. Tours are approximately five hours, departing at 9am. Accommodation transfers are included.

Although most clientele are couples and adults, families are welcome on the cruise with staff on board even happy to look after younger ones while you go for a snorkel at the deeper spots.

Private charters and two-hour sunset tours with Champagne are available.

2. The Vaka Cruise – The Most Unique Boat on the Aitutaki Lagoon

Definitely one of the most photo-worthy boats on the Aitutaki Lagoon, The Vaka Cruise takes place on Vaka Tiki-a-Tonga, a Polynesian-inspired double-hulled vessel. The cruise is a popular option with day trippers to Aitutaki, as the lagoon cruise of choice when booking a day tour with Air Rarotonga . Those staying on the island, however, still benefit from accommodation transfers.

The six-hour cruise starting at 10am offers plenty of snorkelling time with giant trevally, giant clams and all sorts of tropical fish. You’ll also set foot on One Foot Island and enjoy an island-style lunch on the boat.

The cruise is popular with all traveller types, but is especially recommended for families, older travellers and those with minor mobility issues, as the large boat is one of the easier on the lagoon to embark and disembark.

3. Bishop’s Cruises – The Best Aitutaki Lagoon Tour for Visiting One Foot Island

The largest boats on the lagoon, Bishop’s Cruises either has you on their 16 pax boat with a minibar or their 45 pax catamaran with a minibar, changing area and toilets. The upper deck of their larger vessel allows for an elevated view of the lagoon, ideal for Instagram-worthy photos.

Enjoy six hours on the lagoon including stops for snorkelling, standing on a heavenly sandbank, and making an obligatory stop at One Foot Island . Indulge in a barbecue lunch under the shade of the company’s hut on the island and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring One Foot Island at your own leisure.

Drop-offs at One Foot Island, as well as half-day and full-day charters are also available.

4. Kutekute Tours & Transfers – The Best Sunset Cruise and Private Charter

See the lagoon in a whole different light on a private lagoon cruise with Kutekute Tours & Transfers . Departing in the late afternoon (usually around 4pm), their “Sunset Lagoon Cruise” takes you to a mix of exciting snorkelling spots with giant trevally, giant clams and/or the Purple Wall . You have the optional extras of twilight snorkelling and a unique water hammock float down the channel between One Foot Island and Tekopua. You’ll then enjoy a stunningly presented beach picnic platter on the uninhabited Moturakau as you watch the sunset. The tour is the only tour to return to the mainland after dark, allowing you a stargaze on the journey back to Ootu Beach .

This cruise is all about you, so let the team know what you’d like to do. Otherwise, they are happy to show you the highlights. This tour is utterly romantic for couples , but groups of three to six are also welcome to take part, as well as families.

5. Kia Orana Cruise – The Best Small-Group Lagoon Cruise on Aitutaki

See much more of the lagoon than some of the larger Aitutaki lagoon cruises with Kia Orana Cruises . Join “Captain Fantastic” for an adventure on a small but quick speedboat with a group maximum of 10 people.

The cruise is the only lagoon cruise that departs from Arutanga , rather than the usual Ootu Beach, making seven exciting stops throughout the day. Visit where they filmed “Shipwrecked” on Moturakau , stop by the sandbank, Tekopua then the famed One Foot Island . You’ll then cross the lagoon to Honeymoon Island , Tavake then Maina for lunch. Of course, in between are plenty of snorkelling spots.

The small-group cruise is best for couples and adult groups looking for a more adventurous cruise. Cruises depart at 9am and operate Sunday to Friday.

6. Sailing Aitutaki – The Most Eco-Friendly Lagoon Cruise on Aitutaki

An alternative way to cruise the sheltered waters of the Aitutaki Lagoon is on a Hobie sailing catamaran with Sailing Aitutaki . This low impact option provides one of your best chances for spotting turtles thanks to the unintrusive boat, while those keen to try sailing for themselves can get hands-on experience with your guide, Captain Ted.

The half-day trip departing from Ootu Beach at 9am (transfers included) includes visiting some motu, planting a baby coconut tree on a sandbank and relaxing with some lunch. Of course, this activity is dependent on safe weather conditions on the lagoon. The private guided experience is suitable for up to four people. Children are welcome.

7. Wet & Wild – The Best Watersports Charter on the Aitutaki Lagoon

Perhaps more known for their kitesurfing and whale swimming excursions, Wet & Wild also offers sightseeing tours on the lagoon. All lagoon tours are private, with your choice of sightseeing, snorkelling, island-hopping and the unique options to try wakeboarding or inflatable tube rides off the back of the boat. Let the team know what you want to do and they’ll likely have the gear to give you an awesome alternative experience on the water.

8. Platinum Cruising – The Most Luxurious Speedboat on the Aitutaki Lagoon

It’s all about the boat on a private lagoon charter with Platinum Cruising . Glide over the flat lagoon waters on a comfortable BRIG Eagle 650 with a Yamaha 200hp engine. Popular with couples, although groups of six can be catered to, there are full-day and half-day private charters available. The former includes lunch on One Foot Island , soft drinks and beer, and departs at 10am. Half-day charters are available in the morning and afternoon and only include drinks. As with all lagoon cruises, snorkelling gear is included.

9. Mona’s Lagoon Charter – The Most Authentic Lagoon Cruise on Aituaki

Join the locals for a fun and active full-day or half-day charter on the lagoon. Mona’s Lagoon Charter is another popular choice for couples, with the full-day tour including four to five snorkelling stops and four to five island stops, depending on what you feel like. A barbecue lunch on an island is part of the experience, as well as refreshing coconut juice and water.

10. Ru’s Lagoon Cruise – The Best Glass-Bottom Boat Cruise of the Aitutaki Lagoon

The only glass-bottom boat on the Aitutaki Lagoon, Ru’s Lagoon Cruise offers more ways to appreciate the underwater world of the lagoon. Look out for turtles, giant trevally and giant clams through the boat’s floor and jump in the water yourself for snorkelling. You’ll stop by motu to relax and have a good tropical feed with a barbecue lunch and fresh fruit.

More About Lagoon Cruises on Aitutaki

That’s it for our list of the best lagoon cruise son Aitutaki but is by no means the only way to experience the island and its lagoon. Inspire yourself for more things to do using the following guides:

  • 20 Best Things to Do on Aitutaki
  • 15 Free & Cheap Things to Do on Aitutaki
  • 10 Best Tours in Aitutaki

Finally, don’t miss any part of your holiday planning with The Complete Travel Guide to Aitutaki and Where to Stay on Aitutaki: The Best Aitutaki Accommodations .

The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across the Cook Islands and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

  • Cook Islands Tourism Corporation (General travel advice - Updated [2024])
  • Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council (Tourism trade association - Updated [2024])
  • SPTO (Pacific tourism advice - Updated [2024])
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (Visa and immigration advice - Updated [2024])
  • Cook Islands Meteorological Service (Weather forecast and warnings - Updated [2024])
  • Ministry of Finance & Economic Management (Border restrictions advice - Updated [2024])
  • Ministry of Agriculture (Biosecurity advice - Updated [2024])
  • Cook Islands Statistics Office (Statistics and travel data - Updated [2024])
  • Ministry of Transport (Transport operators and licenses - Updated [2024])
  • Safe Travel (New Zealand travel advisory for the Cook Islands - Updated [2024])
  • Smart Traveller (Australia travel advisory for the Cook Islands - Updated [2024])

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So you’ve caught the bourbon itch, and you’re eager to travel the Kentucky Bourbon Trail .

Cool — but so have hundreds of thousands of other people, too.

The Kentucky Distillers Association reported 2.55 million visits to Kentucky’s distilleries in 2023, and visitors came from 48 states, 20 countries, and six continents. Kentucky bourbon’s popularity has boomed over the past decade, and craft distilling and the tourism industry has blossomed alongside it. The demand means walk-in tours and tastings aren’t always available and reservations for lodging, experiences, and dining are often encouraged.

If you plan to travel the Kentucky Bourbon Trail , come prepared.

Ahead of the summer travel season, The Courier Journal reached out to tourism officials in Louisville, Bardstown and Frankfort to distill down just how far in advance you should hammer down your plans.

Ready to hit the trail? Here's what to know about planning a Kentucky bourbon adventure.

Is there a time of year when Kentucky Bourbon Trail is less busy?

The end of winter, generally, tends to be the least busy time to visit Kentucky, but in recent years, many distilleries have seen an uptick around the winter holiday season and even in January, February and early March.

When should you book a tour at a Kentucky bourbon distillery?

Tourism officials recommend booking tours at least a month in advance, but this largely depends on the distillery you want to go to. Distilleries individually release calendars for booking dates, some distilleries, like the ever-popular Buffalo Trace Distillery (which is not on the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail), opens bookings two months in advance and offer a waitlist. Other distilleries have calendars that extend out three months or more in advance.

Officials suggest researching the distilleries you know you want to visit first, figuring out when those calendars will be released, and booking those must-see experiences as soon as possible. Set calendar reminders in your phone, so that you can circle back when the time comes.

When should I book a hotel or Airbnb for a trip along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail?

If you're planning a trip for a weekend in April, early May, September, or October book ahead as much as possible. In most cases, you can find accommodations in Frankfort with about two weeks' advanced notice. Bardstown officials recommended booking at least 1-2 months in advance. For major events, such as Bardstown's Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September, some people secure rooms a full year ahead of time.

When should I make a reservation at a Kentucky bourbon distillery restaurant?

In general, officials recommend booking a dining reservation at least two weeks ahead of time. Distillery restaurants, typically, operate fewer hours than traditional restaurants, so their reservations will be scarcer. If you’ve already secured a bourbon experience at a distillery, try to book a reservation that coincides with it.

When should I book a tour company to help me travel the Kentucky Bourbon Trail?

Again, officials recommend locking this down as soon as possible. Many tour companies open up their calendars for booking as much as a year in advance.

How many Kentucky bourbon distilleries can you visit in a single day?

Tours typically range from 30 to 90 minutes. As you're planning your calendar, make sure you’re watching how closely you stack them and what your travel time between distilleries may be. Many distilleries have cocktail bars and gift shops, so even if you have some lag time in between, you will almost certainly have somewhere interesting to linger.

The closer the distilleries are to each other, the more you can visit in a day. Louisville, for example, has several distilleries within walking distance of each other, and in Lexington, you can hit three distilleries back-to-back at the Distillery District . Travelers will need a car or tour bus to get around distilleries in Bardstown or Frankfort. 

A leisurely traveler can hit about three in a single day, whereas a more thorough planner might go to five.

What are the hidden gems along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail?

Smaller craft distilleries tend to be easier to book a tour with than internationally known brands. Distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour may have more availability than the traditional Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

For example, Whiskey Thief Distilling Company in Frankfort still offers walk-in tours, but they recommend you call ahead.

Many newer or smaller distilleries are not on the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail such as J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery in Frankfort as well as Louisville's Buzzards Roost and NuLu Whiskey Company .

Bardstown Bourbon Company and Castle & Key also operate tasting rooms in downtown Louisville.

Features columnist Maggie Menderski writes about what makes Louisville, Southern Indiana and Kentucky unique, wonderful, and occasionally, a little weird. If you've got something in your family, your town or even your closet that fits that description — she wants to hear from you. Sometimes she writes about bourbon, too. Say hello at [email protected]. Follow along on Instagram @MaggieMenderski.

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Join us on an unforgettable tour to Moscow, the capital of Russia. Imagine visiting Red Square, St. Basil’s the Kremlin and more. Moscow is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and one of Russia’s most historical. All of our tours to Moscow are fully customizable and can be adjusted to fit any budget. Our most popular tours are listed below. Please click on the tour details to learn more or contact us for more information about our Moscow tours using the form at the side of the page. You can also schedule a call with one of our Russian travel specialists to learn more.

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This is our most popular Moscow tour that includes all the most prominent sights. You will become acquainted with ancient Russia in the Kremlin, admire Russian art in the Tretyakov Gallery, listen to street musicians as you stroll along the Old Arbat street, and learn about Soviet times on the Moscow Metro tour.



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A Week in Moscow

This tour is a perfect choice for those who wish to get to know Moscow in depth. One of the highlights of this package is the KGB history tour which gives an interesting perspective on the Cold War. You will also have time for exploring the city on your own or doing extra sightseeing.

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Weekend in Moscow

This tour is a great way to get acquainted with the capital of Russia if you are short of time. You will see all the main attractions of the city, the most important of which is the Kremlin - the heart of Russia. The tour starts on Friday and can be combined with a business trip.

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Russia's capital has so much to offer, from the Kremlin and the Metro to the Old Arbat street and the Tretyakov Gallery. Besides these sites, you will also visit a fascinating country estate which today is quite off the beaten path, Gorky Estate, where the Soviet leader Lenin spent the last months of his life.

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Considered by some to be the Russian Vatican, Sergiev Posad is the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra)...

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The Kuskovo Estate often called the Moscow Versailles due to its perfectly preserved French park, is an example of an 18th century, luxurious Moscow summer residence. Its history...

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The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union’s achievements for both the Russians...

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Panoramic City Tour. This Moscow tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with many of the city’s major highlights. Our professional guide will...

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The tour begins with a drive or walk down Tverskaya Street – a Soviet masterpiece. In the years of Soviet power, Tverskaya began to undergo a transformation: it was widened...

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This world-famous gallery contains masterpieces of Russian art beginning in the 10th century up until today. You will view exquisite Russian icons and paintings from the 18th and...

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This tour offers a detailed look into the history and present-day life of the Jewish community of Moscow. On the tour, you will visit sites connected with the cultural and religious...

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Lena, our guide in Moscow was excellent. She was very knowledgable and could answer any question we had for her. We liked that she could pick up on our interests and take us places we might not have thought of to go. When we realized that one of the places we had chosen to see would probably not be that interesting to us, she was able to arrange entry to the Diamond Fund and the Armoury for us. Riding the Metro with Lena was a real adventure and a lot of fun. In Saint Petersburg we found Anna well versed in the history of the Tsars and in the Hermitage collection. Arkady in Veliky Novgorod was a very good guide and answered all of our questions with ease. Novgorod was perhaps a long way to go for a day trip, but we did enjoy it. Vasily was a great driver to have and kept us safe with good humour and skill. We enjoyed ourselves so much, my daughter says she is already planning to return. We would both have no hesistation to recommend ExpresstoRussia to anyone we know.

Just wanted to let you know that My grandson Bruno and I couldn´t have been more pleased with our week in Moscow (6/15 - 6/21). We were absolutely enchanted with the whole experience, including getting lost a couple of times in the Metro during our free time. Although both our guides (both Eleanas) were excellent, I would particularly commend the first one (she took us to the Tatiakov, the KGB tour, and to that beautiful cemetery where so many great Russian artists, authors, composers, musicians, militarists, and politicians are buried). Her knowledge is encyclopedic; and her understanding of today´s Russia as a product of its past was, for us, truly enlightening. I will be taking another tour in Russia, with my wife, within the next two or three years. I will be in touch with you when the time comes. Meanwhile, I will refer you to other potential visitors to Russia as I meet them.

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Our Moscow tours are land only meaning that you arrange your own air travel to Russia and our expert staff meets you at the airport and handles everything else from there. Our online Airline Ticket booking system offers some of the most competitive rates to Russia available on the web so if you need tickets, please visit our Russian air ticket center . Rest assured that you will be taken great care of on one of our Moscow tours. Express to Russia has a fully staffed office in Moscow that will help to make your visit fun, informative and unforgettable. Please remember that of all these tours are private and can be adjusted to your taste. You can add, replace or skip some sights; you can add more days to the package or cut the tour short. Our specialists will be glad to help you create the tour of your dreams!

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Moscow is Russia’s largest city with a population of between 12 and 13 million. It is also Europe’s largest city and when you visit Moscow, you can feel it. The layout and architecture of the city is eclectic, ranging from crooked, ancient streets and alleyways to wide, bustling boulevards, from medieval churches to Stalin skyscrapers and to modern, glass buildings towering over everything and of course in the center of it all is the Kremlin and the magnificent Red Square. Moscow is also home to a fantastic, efficient and very beautiful metro system – each station having its own special design. In fact, Express to Russia’s Moscow metro tours and excursions are some of our most popular attractions that we offer. On our Moscow tours, you will see this and more.

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Moscow has a long and interesting history and has been the capital of Russia in many of its different iterations – capital of the Grand Duchy of Moscow , the Russian Empire and of course the Soviet Union (who could ever forget the Soviet Union?). Moscow, was founded in the 12th century by Prince Yuri Dolgaruki (Yuri of the long arms – he really did have long arms!). From that time on, it was home to the Russian Tsars until Peter the Great moved the capital to St. Petersburg in 1703. The city has survived invasions and sieges from the Mongols, the Tartars, the Poles, Lithuanians and Napoleon but has always persevered. Our Moscow tours will enlighten you on this great history and give you insights into Muscovites and their unique culture. Our Moscow tours show you what the city is like today but also brings to life the past. Moscow never seems to sleep and is bursting with energy. A Moscow tour with Express to Russia is truly the best way of getting to know Russia’s largest and most vibrant city.

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What is the best time to visit moscow.

Any time of year is fine depending on what you plan to do. Summertime is pleasantly warm, ideal for exploring the city and its vibrant atmosphere, but Moscow will be much busier and accommodation is more expensive. Winter can be quite cold but beautiful nonetheless, and this is unproblematic if you intend to spend most of your trip in museums and galleries. There are also various festivals and events organised throughout the year. For more information about the best time to visit, read our guide

How many days are enough in Moscow?

If you plan your itinerary strategically and aren’t averse to a packed schedule, you can cover Moscow’s main sights over a long weekend. Most popular attractions are in the city centre, and the Moscow Metro allows you to cover much ground in a small amount of time. Ensure that your accommodation is fairly central and book tickets in advance, so that you can make the most of your days. For an informative and well-organised day out, check out our Moscow day tours with options to suit all interests.

Do they speak English in Moscow?

As Russia’s capital city, tourists are well accommodated in Moscow. There should be English-speaking staff in restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and attractions in tourist hotspots, and there are also English-speaking tourist police. Transport services have English translations on their maps and English announcements via intercom; alternatively, order taxis from the Yandex Taxi app (Russian Uber), though it’s unlikely that your taxi driver will speak English. If you get stuck and cannot communicate, it’s fine to use Google Translate.

Is it safe to travel to Moscow?

It is no less safe to travel to Moscow than to any European city if you exercise common sense and look after your belongings. As with every city some regions can be more unsavoury than others, but no tourist attractions are located there. The traffic in Moscow is notorious, so exercise caution when crossing roads. Do not take unlicensed taxis; book in advance or take public transport, which is widespread and perfectly safe. If you encounter any problems, look for the special tourist police who can help you. For more information, read our guide about staying safe in Russia .

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