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Aitutaki activities are mainly water based, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, fishing, whale and turtle watching, and just getting out and seeing all the Motu's ( little islands ) the lagoon is famous for. Of course there are land based activities, visiting the villages, dining, shops, and getting out and meeting the locals.

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Visiting Aitutaki Lagoon, Cook Islands for your vacation is one of the best vacation destination decisions you may ever make. The Aitutaki lagoon is as idyllic a place as you will ever find; many poets and writers have spun thousands of lines describing its wonders and beauty. Matriki Beach Huts was built on the foundation that all people should be able to enjoy this splendor without the high costs associated with such remote travel. Aitutaki lagoon offers snorkeling, divingfishing, whale watching, picnicking on beautiful beaches, sailing, kayaking, and much more. While snorkeling, you can view a myriad of colorful fish and see first-hand the giant clams of Aitutaki and the South Pacific; these clams are now protected in four separate reserves in the Aitutaki lagoon. Bone fishing is a thrill all its own - although we don't eat the fish they are truly a rush to stalk and catch. Fishing for pelagic species outside of the Aitutaki lagoon offers up Yellow Fin Tuna (Ahi), Dorado (dolphin fish), Wahoo, and array of jacks and snapper. Bring some of your catch back for the BBQ. At Matriki Beach Huts we practice fishing conservation - never kill what you can't eat in a few days, and never kill billfish.
The local Aitutaki scuba diving operators will safely show you some of the Cook Islands best diving; they are safe, reliable, and very knowledgeable. Matriki Beach Huts has hobies for hire, sail the Aitutaki lagoon and discover what all the fuss is about for yourself. Your hosts are always there to answer questions, take you on tours, sailing adventures, fishing trips, and more.










































Dreaming of a Cook Islands vacation?

Aitutaki will fill your days with sun, sand, and beaches. Aitutaki is Known as the Cook Islands vacation island and offers up spectacular beaches, and crystal clear turquoise waters. Matriki lets you enjoy this environment normally reserved for the more affluent travel by providing Aitutaki accommodations at budget prices.

We are located on the same stretch of Aitutaki beach as the other more costly accommodations.

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Aitutaki Photos
Aitutaki Activities
What, Where, When, on Aitutaki
Aitutaki facts
Aitutaki links
Meet your hosts

 Map and aerial view

        of Aitutaki.

Snorkeling Aitutaki
Scuba Diving Aitutaki
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Matriki Beach Huts: Information page!  
(Some things change so best to check when you get here)

Dining                          Island activities

Island nights                Groceries

Lagoon Tours                Souvenirs and Gifts

Fishing                         Church

Scuba Diving                 Rentals            





Here are some of Aitutaki’s restaurants.

The Boat Shed – At end of runway. With a focus on indonesian and seafood, this place is a popular spot. A great place for the afternoon beer or even a little whale watching during the season. Sailing and fishing paraphernalia cover the walls, fun to look at and a little piece of history. They have an extensive menu and prices range from around $17 upward for lunch and dinner Phone 31739 

Aitutaki Village Blue Lagoon Restaurant On Outo Beach. Bring your bathing suit if you come for lunch! One of the best swimming beaches on the island. They also have kayaks for rent. The food is reasonable priced. Tuesday nights they have Island Night (*See the “Island Night” page),  Phone 31526 


Koru Cafe, turn right end of runway. Great place for breakfast ($ 10 - $25) and tasty lunch ($15 upwards). Good coffee too.  Open from 7am to 3pm everyday and 6pm - 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Phone 31110

Mouarii Cafe& Restaurant  Just up from the Police station in town. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring local produce from own garden and fresh fish as well as imports. Phone 31575

Tamanu Beach – If you’re walking, this spot is just 100m south of Matriki Beach Huts, (turn left along the beach). A good selection of food, with lots of seafood dishes, pasta, steak, chicken, and desserts, in a lagoon and ocean view setting. Reservations are required in the evening. Thursday is island night - bookings essential (see the "Island Night" page). Sunday buffet bbq.  Open 7 days a week. Breakfast (tropical buffet) 7:30am-10:30am, Lunch Noon – 2:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm – 9:30pm (aprox). Phone 31810 

Rapae Bay Restaurant – Located in the Pacific Resort, this upscale restaurant serves Pacific fusion cuisine. The setting is lovely, though the meals are 'pricey'. Reservations are required for dinner.  Breakfast 7:30 am – 11am, Lunch noon – 3:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm – 9pm (aprox). phone 31720


Aitutaki Lagoon Resort,  the Bounty Bar is a great setting with views over the lagoon. A place to go for that special lunch or dinner. And that at reasonable prices for a resort. You have to book to take the ferry across the channel and walk down to the Bounty Beach Bar. Phone 31200.

Island Nights

Attending an Island Night is part of the island experience. They are mostly buffet style and here you have the opportunity to try some traditional Cook Island dishes – such as pork cooked in an underground oven, taro, and local fish. Then you’ll be treated to singing, dancing, and drumming performed by local groups whose enthusiasm, you will find, is contagious. Reservations are required. There are several Island Nights held throughout the week at different restaurants. Here’s a schedule:

Tuesday-  Aitutaki Village (#31526) Three course meal or buffet and show $75 pp, extra $10 pp for pick up and return.  

Thursday - Are Tamanu next door.  (#31810) Buffet meal and show with fire dancing al la 'warriors of Aitutaki'.  $75pp

Lagoon tours

There’s no shortage of things to do here on Aitutaki…though you may choose to do nothing at all! Here are some of the most popular activities and tours.

Lagoon Tours: This is a must do when visiting Aitutaki. The lagoon is what Aitutaki is all about. There’s a wide variety of tour companies, so whether you want to mingle with a crowd or enjoy a more personal experience, you’ll find something to suit your needs.

Matriki Sea Adventures  We will show you the lagoon in style in our  7m longboat. We will take you outside the reef to look for turtles, take you to Moturakau to see the Fairy Terns and One Foot Island and to several special snorkeling spots for a spectacular close up view of local clams, colourful coral, GT's and fish life as well as Honeymoon Island, where you’ll also see the rare red-tailed tropic birds and be able to relax in the shallow water off the sandbank. Somewhere along the way we serve some lunch/fruit snacks. Min 3 - max 7 people, $140 per person includes 5-6hr tour, snacks, and snorkel gear. We go to places no one else does and emphasize snorkeling and seeing the wildlife rather than take the time for a sitdown BBQ.

Our tours are small and personalized. Matriki's boat is available for water taxi dropoffs when not on a tour.

For those who just want to fish, the “Deep Sea Fishing Tour” is fishing only. *  Max 4 people. 1 - 2 people = $300, 3-4 people = $125 pp

Sign up in the office for any of our tours or to arrange a Private Adventure!

Bishop Cruises – Offers a 45’ catamaran with upstairs sundeck, bar, and toilet facilities. They visit Akaiami Island, one or two snorkeling spots and then lunch is served on One Foot Island, where they have a bar and souvenier shop as well -'The Post office', to hang out the rest of the day. They also have a smaller motor boat which does taxi runs and private snorkeling tours. Call +682 31009  for rates

Coral Escapes – Private luxury is what Mike and Mere offer. They do lagoon charters, take you to see the clams, also to see turtles, and have a BBQ lunch with fruit and light refreshments. Their boats 'Black Pearl' and 'White Pearl' with which they also offer fishing charters are comfy and they specialize in very small groups – a relaxing honeymoon tour. Prices from $380 for 1/2 day snorkelling tours and $190pp for shared fishing or $550 the boat (ph 31125)

Kia Orana Cruises – They offer two boats, one takes up to ten people and one is smaller but with no sun cover. You will have a four island cruise with some snorkeling, swimming, and a buffet lunch. They also offer a drop off service. The cost is $150 per person and includes snorkeling gear, lunch, and hotel transfer.(ph 31442)

Paradise Island Lagoon Tours – Cruise aboard the 21m Titi ai Tonga vaka to Akaiami, Moturakau, snorkeling, and then One Foot Island together with the day tourists from Rarotonga. A BBQ lunch is served onboard and entertainment is provided. Towels and snorkeling gear are provided. Cost from $150 per person.(ph 31248)


Te King Cruises - Depending on how may guests they have they'll go with two boats. They offer a good cruise, several snorkeling spots including their creation the GT spot, the clam reserve, lunch on Maina and then off to see One Foot Island with another snorkeling spot on the reef along the way there. From $150 pp. (ph31582)



 Why not try your hand at a little sportfishing? You can fish right out front of the reef or go out after the big boys!

Matriki Sea Adventures – If you are a confirmed fish-aholic, or even if you’ve never held a rod in your life, we will take you out to try for the big one. Enjoy a day outside the reef trawling for barracuda or dogtooth tuna, casting for GT's or go a little further out for game fish such as Tuna and Wahoo, or do a little of both! We take a maximum of 4 people on these fishing trips; your comfort and safety are a priority. The giant trevally are always ready to pull your arms out of your sockets, these fish are serious heavy weights and there is plenty of action: (Casting for Giant Trevally is not for beginners).

“Deep Sea Fishing” – 1- 2 people $300, 3 - 4 people $125pp. Includes 4-6hrs fishing, and fishing gear. You can bring your own gear (casting gear) and favorite lures as well.

We can also hook you up with some serious local fishermen who will only take experienced anglers. They will go early in the morning between 4am and 6am for a few hours and usually catch a few.

More on Fishing.


Matriki Sea Adventures-ph 31564


Black Pearl Charters - ph 31125 - Mike and Mere are out there most days.

Aitutaki blue lagoon flyfish-  Butch is a master click here. Alternatively check out 'E2's way' online - best organize ahead. 


Scuba Diving

The warm, clear water of Aitutaki is a diver’s dream. There’s nothing like seeing tropical fish and coral up close and personal!


Bubbles Below – Onu Hewett, the owner/operator of Bubbles Below, is an NZQA accredited SSI Diving Instructor. You can go on a 1 or 2 tank dive outside the reef with a good chance of seeing Eagle Rays, turtles, and possibly even a reef shark! With a 2 tank dive they offer free hotel transfer, (1 tank dives pay $10 for transfer), all equipment, and light refreshments once you return. (You should be aware that if you opt for a 2 tank dive they may both be in the same location). Dives are usually in the morning – hotel pick up is between 8-8:15am – and return around 1:30 pm leaving you lots of time to enjoy the rest of the day. Cost for a 1 tank dive is $105, 2 tank dive $170 + free hotel transfer.

They also offer snorkeling for $40 per person, but only if there are divers going out as well and if there is some space to include snorkelers, (call to enquire).

If you’ve always wanted to learn to dive, Bubbles Below offers PADI courses.
PADI Open Water Course (aprox. 4 days needed) = $450
PADI Advanced Open Water Course (a few days needed) = $475
Discover Scuba* (for those wishing to “sample” diving but not wanting to take the full course) = $160  *does not give you certification for diving

They operate Mon thru Sat. #31537 or Mobile# 50919 - check out rates etc on

Island activities

You can easily explore the island on your own, or if you’d like some local insight, there are a few tours to choose from.


Have a layover on Rarotonga and want to trek up some of the beautiful mountains, click here. Note: this is a Rarotonga Island activity.


Aitutaki Island activities:

Island Circle – For the free-spirited, you can very easily circle the island on your own. At a comfortable pace, you can scooter around the island in about 30 min, and on a bicycle in about 1 hour. Walking is also an option if you want to meet people – but remember to bring lots of water! our bicycles are free and there is on site scooter hire.

Mt. Maungapu – To climb Aitutaki’s highest peak, follow these directions: Follow the main road heading toward the airport. At the sign for “Paradise Cove Resort” turn right. Go up the small paved road - it will turn to dirt. You’ll come to a T in the road – turn left and that track will take you right to the top. This is a good activity for those cooler days when the sun won’t cooperate. Remember to bring water, (and a camera), and watch your step if it’s been raining as the groun People have tried to drive up on scooters and have come a cropper - so best not to do this if you want to avoid injury! It is quite steep.

It’s best to shop early if you’re looking for fish, fruits & veggies, or fresh bread. You’ll find a selection of small shops along the road about 1km past Matriki, so you can walk, but if you plan on buying a lot of groceries we suggest hiring a scooter or a bike. There are a couple of shops which sell souvenirs and local handicrafts. Most stores apart from Neibaa's on the other side of the island are closed Sundays and there is no alcohol sold on Sundays.


Maina Traders Superstore – Located in the center of town. They have a small section in the back with touristy goodies. They’re open Mon-Sat 7am to 7pm

Aquila's Shop - About 1km from Matriki on the way to town is Aquila's grocery store and Takeways. Here you can get a selection of local produce and imported groceries. They usually have drinking coconuts and fruit. They also operate a Takeaway which is well worth a try.

The Aitutaki Market – The market opens at 6am and we suggest you be there right at opening if you want to buy fish or fruits and vegetables. Here you can also find local dishes such as Ika Mata (raw fish) Rukau (boiled taro leaf) and Puke (a kind of banana arrowroot dessert type thing – very filling), among plenty of other cooked food.

The “Heineken Store” - Look for the green Heineken logo out front. This shop has more specialty items but they are pricey, otherwise a good selection by island standards. Prices aren’t listed so make sure to ask before you buy. Small range of NZ wines etc available. There’s also an ice cream counter with really tasty ice cream!

Aiitutaki's 'Warehouse' -Spider's store is a hardware store that also has a lot of groceries, frozen foods and alcohol.

Baxter's Waterworld: the largest and best stocked grocery shop on the island, is in the middle of the island past the schools.They also sell fresh vegies and fruit and have the largest choice of wine and drinks.

Neibaa's Store and Takeaway - Probably next best stocked on the island - cheapest beer on the island - this shop is open on Sundays and closed on Saturdays till 6pm, and situated on the East side of the island. The convenience of a takeaway next to it makes a shopping trip 'over there' worthwhile.

Vonnia’s – The closest thing to K-mart on Aitutaki! There are a handful of souvenir items and clothing plus assorted other goodies and hardware.

Souvenirs & Gifts

Adie's Threads on the right going into town before the Pacific Resort. Has heaps of pareus and the like.

Mango Traders – 
They have the largest selection of souvenirs on the island. Tons of pareus and tropic shirts, and beautiful tropical-patterned fabric. Located next to the ANZ bank.


There are seven different churches of different denominations on
the island – any local will be happy to tell you when and where the services are. If you’d just like to go for the singing, we recommend the Arutanga church (the large white church) near the main 4-way junction. Please be respectful of local culture – dress conservatively, cover shoulders, men should have nice shirts, no singlets, shorts, or beach attire.

Services at the Aruntanga Church:

Sunday 6am, 10am, 4pm
Wednesday 6am
Friday 6am


Hospital: Phone# 31-002 Emergency # 31-698 - or best avoid altogether.

BSP Bank – Located at the main 4 way junction in town. They have an ATM on site and at the airport.

Open: Mon, Wed, and Fri 9:30am – 3pm

BCI Next to BSP - the local bank - as well as an ATM next to Mango traders.

Post Office: Located next to BSP Bank at the main 4 way junction in town. They have postal service, phone cards, fax, internet on site, internet data sale and Western Union.

Open: Mon thru Fri 8am – 4pm


There are quite a few WIFI hotspots all over the island at the resorts and restaurants. You can buy data at the Bluesky /Post Office as well as at resorts including Matriki, where we also have a hotspot.


The Boatshed has both WIFI and on site computers available. Go there for a cool beer to do your interneting at the same time. 

Telephone: these days with wifi and hotspots everywhere most people are set up with their mobile phones. If need be though you are welcome to make local calls through us for .50 per call. You can also make international calls but the cost will depend on the location called and length of the call. 


Matriki Rentals
Scooters : We have one scooter for rent right now. They are $25 per day and $150 per week. We can also get scooters from other operators for you - most charge $30 per day. For any scooter rental you will need a Cook Islands driver’s license. They’re easy to get, provided you have an overseas licence; drive down to the Police Station located near the P.O., so that they can see that you know how to drive, and just pay NZ$2.50

Make sure you are comfortable driving a scooter; we don’t want you to go home with an exhaust burn - the “Aitutaki Tattoo”! 

Bikes : We have push bikes free. They are aged but still functional. 

Snorkeling gear: Mask, fins, snorkel, $10NZ per day.


Kayak rentals: available at the Boatshed and Blue Lagoon restaurant

Rino’s Rentals, Aquila's Rentals, Popoara Rentals, EZ Rentals and Ranganui Retreat – all rent cars, jeeps, scooters, and push bikes. We can organise that for you.


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P.O. Box 32, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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