Dive Site: Aitutaki Lagoon Snorkel

Branching coral with Humbugs at Aitutaki Lagoon diving Aitutaki in the Cook Islands by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic Reef
Depth: Bottom: 4M
Location: Aitutaki Lagoon is full of giant clams and has lots of snorkelling spots on pretty reefs with colourful damsels, butterflyfish and Picasso triggers. The best locations in the lagoon for snorkelling are known by the boat operators. Trust them to drop you in the right spot.

Description

The Aitutaki Lagoon is the perfect place for a snorkel.

Coral with a variety of fish at Aitutaki Lagoon diving Aitutaki in the Cook Islands by Diveplanit

The clear shallow waters usually have a gentle current running so you hardly even need to fin to see everything.

Stalking trevally at Aitutaki Lagoon diving Aitutaki in the Cook Islands by Diveplanit

The coral heads have plenty of sandy spaces in between which allow you to safely duck dive without fear of catching yourself on the coral.

Picasso Trigger at Aitutaki Lagoon diving Aitutaki in the Cook Islands by Diveplanit

There are many giant clams to admire. Some have been cultivated in the local Aitutaki Marine Research Centre.

Underwater scene with Giant Clam at Aitutaki Lagoon diving Aitutaki in the Cook Islands by Diveplanit

There being plenty of sand, there are plenty of goat fish.

Dash Dot Goatfish at Aitutaki Lagoon diving Aitutaki in the Cook Islands by Diveplanit

There are also a number of species of reef fish like this Threadfin Butterflyfish.

Threadfin Butterflyfish at Aitutaki Lagoon diving Aitutaki in the Cook Islands by Diveplanit

If you get down close enough for long enough (yeah we were on scuba to get these pictures), you might even catch a glimpse of the pipefish.

Pipefish at Aitutaki Lagoon diving Aitutaki in the Cook Islands by Diveplanit

After the snorkel you can lie on the beach in the sun whilst someone else cooks you lunch.

Kia Orana Cruises boat diving Aitutaki at Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands by Diveplanit