Reviews by our guests
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 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, diving,
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 and
perhaps we will make you some sushi or special fish dishes. At Matriki
we practice fishing conservation - never kill what you can't eat in a
few days, and never kill billfish.
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.
See what our guests have to say about a Matriki Cook Islands vacation!
7th January 2016
Happy New Year! What a beautiful place to see in 2016. Aitutaki has been everything we have ever dreamed of.
I've never seen water so blue in my life! The snorkelling is amazing as soon as you step into the water. We spent our days standup paddling, eating fruit and riding our scooter around the island.
We even had time to get engaged on maungapu summit! Watching the villagers dance during the New Year Koni round and hearing the locals sing together at Church on sunday were just some of our highlights.
We love our little beach hut and are sad to leave. On to new adventures!
~Dani & Tommy. Canberra, Australia.
It's quite a challenge to put into words what a special place Matriki is. I spent 3 weeks there in February 2015 and stayed in the Reef Hut, but had a little jaunt in the Treehouse too as I extended my stay a number of times. A lot of thought and care has been put into the design of Matriki - from showers that let you look up at the stars, to the colourful hand-painted huts. Matriki is also cared for, loved and maintained to an immaculate standard by Tracey and Trevor, the managers. The beach is combed daily, huts and porches are kept clean with pride, the resident cats are friendly, your wee kitchen has everything you need. Fall asleep to the sound of the wind in the coconut trees, or rain hypnotically drumming on your hut roof (I was there in rainy season, but there wasn't much of it!),to the relentless roar of the ocean on the outer coral, the lazy lap of the lagoon on the beach. I'm not sure you'd hear all this from within the 4* resort next door. I'm not really sure what you get for your money at these resorts other than air con. The loos are outside (unless you're staying in the Garden) which means you get stuck on your way there gawping at the milky way after dark. I thought it might be spooky doing this at night but Aitutaki feels so safe, it's quite the opposite. I'm sure it's not a coincidence that magical Matriki attracts some wonderful, interesting, down to earth guests. What else? The Matriki snorkeling tours are divine and personal. Learn how to smash open coconuts. Walk straight into the lagoon from Matriki and see all manner of tropical fish within metres! Rent bikes or scooters. Barbecue access. General Aitutaki tip - if you're tasty take LOTS of mosquito repellent and consider befriending someone tastier than you for protection ;o) Sorry for the long review.
Aitutaki accommodation , Cook Islands vacation
You were both so warm and kind to us when we were at Matriki we are way overdue to write and thank you - but then you have seriously ruined our lives. All is well here - well apart from the expensive therapy sessions etc but we are beginning to pull through - well that is until the damned slideshow arrived...
Warmest best wishes from us both,
Tim and Chris , Australia
8-29 March 2010
26th March to 8th April 2010
Holiday – wedding – honeymoon – where to begin to describe the amazing time we have had staying at Matriki? It felt like visiting an old friend - we’ve loved staying in our little garden hut!
Of course getting married before sunset on Matriki beach under the beautiful archway that Nga made for us with Matthias our witness (thank you!), the wonderful friends from around the world we have made whilst we’ve been here- sharing stones and photos- searching for and finding the elusive giant clam in front of Matriki – Matthias and Simon fixing up the little catamaran for our ‘honeymoon voyage’ into the lagoon to explore the islands and snorkel off the sandbank – our fantastic trip to the lagoon with Matthias to some ‘secret spots’ filled with colourful clams and cute cleaner wrasse- BBQ, great food, guitar playing and star gazing by the fire.
Thank you for all these special memories and no doubt we will stay it touch with baby news!
Love Simon and Sarah , NZ
1-8 April 2010
The only place to stay on the island! Really relaxed, personal, nice guests, great boss/captain/island guru aka Matthias – in a nut shell great vibe that marked the highlight of our ATW trip after 8 months. The overnight ‘survivor’ island trip, night snorkelling, the guitar jams, the wedding & party: so many great memories in such a short time.We sure keep this special place and people in our hearts!
So Dankeschoen for a great great great time!
Peter and Els (Austria/Holland)
Feb 18 budget Aitutaki accommodation , Cook Islands vacation,
we're back home (sadly) after our wonderful adventure but full of
memories which will stay with us forever. Liz and I were discussing
highlights of our 2 months away and you guys made the number one spot,
especially the day out snorkelling. You should know that you're not
just providing Aitutaki accommodation and boat trips but wonderful
experiences which create lasting bonds for couples and we shall
certainly never forget our time at Matriki. I'm sorry that we never had
the chance to go fishing but who knows, maybe we'll be back.
Jan 20 budget
Aitutaki accommodation , Cook Islands vacation,
Aitutaki accommodation , Cook Islands vacation,
Jan 25 budget Aitutaki accommodation , Cook Islands vacation,
Never in my wildest dreams did I think Aitutaki, Cook Islands – anywhere in the world for that matter – could be this beautiful. This is really paradise. The Beachfront hut Aitutaki accommodation is in a great spot – every night I kept the door open so I could wake up to the view of the lagoon. Matthias's lagoon cruise was a fab day, really personal, great lunch, and I finally faced up to my fear of fish – the snorkeling was wonderful. Thank you Riki – great massage – Matthias + Keegan for helping to make this a trip I will never forget + hopefully will return some day.
July 4-7 budget Aitutaki accommodation , Cook Islands vacation,
this place is absolutely fantastic and our wildest dreams and
expectations more than fulfilled!! This place has a dream location and
the tree house
Aitutaki accommodation a wonderful charm. It’s just what we wanted.
Life here is so peaceful and relaxed, – we truly hope to be back
June 21-28 budget Aitutaki accommodation , Cook Islands vacation,
heaven on earth Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Right on the most beautiful beach.
great coral life out there, fantastic trip with Matthias, the giant clams
where amazing, pretty rough outside the reef but Dave still got in for
a snorkel. If you want to go game fishing call up Mike & Mere –
the neatest people. Dave caught 3 tuna. Everyone so friendly wherever
you go. We tried all the restaurants + the one that hasn’t been
mentioned is the Boatshed – awesome seafood platter for 2. Everything
we had been told about this place is true and we will be back.
June 19 budget Aitutaki accommodation , Cook Islands vacation,
I’ve read through all the comments in all three books (we stayed
upstairs, downstairs and in the separate hut Aitutaki accommodation)
and can join in the chorus of admiration for both Matriki and Aitutaki.
Before we arrived we were told by Rarotongan locals that 9 days was way
too long to spend on Aitutaki, Cook Islands – but they were wrong! We
actually felt quite busy scootering around, eating hamburgers at
Kuku’s, island night at Samade, rocking at the Coconut Crusher Friday
night, hiking around the trails,
snorkeling, swimming and lazing around. Of course a trip on
the lagoon is
a must. Absolutely beautiful.
June 11 budget Aitutaki accommodation , Cook Islands vacation,
We stayed for 7 nights – apart from the lagoon, snorkeling off the islands, beautiful weather etc, we actually had a great group of people here at the time – BBQ feast with freshly caught tuna and chicken under the stars. Fed the leftovers to the hermit crabs. We should have spent more time here then on Rarotonga, because Aitutaki is truly the island paradise you are looking for.. Did Matthias's cruise – was worth it – more personal and not so touristy as the bigger boats. Loved the giant clams, rays and turtles, the little fish – the Aitutaki lagoon is like a big swimming pool. We love it here and will recommend it online
appear in Lonely Planet Guide). My friend the cheeky gecko will miss me
and if that rooster is still here say hello from me. Thanks Matthias
for being a host, not just someone you rent from.
May 29 budget Aitutaki accommodation, Cook Islands vacation,
only spent 5 days here, 3 years ago – so this time we arranged 2 weeks,
still not enough! Snorkeling
on the reef here is the best on the island – apart from off a boat in
the reserve. The trip with Matthias was excellent. After a couple of
weeks the treehouse
Aitutaki accommodation felt like home and we are sad to leave Aitutaki,
1 Feb Aitutaki accommodation, Cook Islands vacation,
we came I was concerned that it would not be so completely idyllic as I
imagined it to be from the website – I need not have worried, it has
been fantastic, everything I hoped for and more. The snorkeling is
great, the kayaking out at Outo is stunning and the game fishing
( went with Jason) was successful. Finally a big thanks to Matthias –
the BBQ with all of us and the fish we caught was great.
26 May Aitutaki accommodation, Cook Islands vacation,
We spent our honeymoon here for 7 nights and stayed in the upstairs
Anne-Maree Kreller & Ian, Sydney Australia
20 Feb. budget
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