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Aitutaki is a pleasure playground for water-lovers. Not only is the lagoon huge, by comparison with the biggest island Rarotonga, but it offers a variety of localities in which to enjoy the marine life and getting wet.
On the mainland, one of the best spots to snorkel and view fish is found at the end of the second runway which is unsealed. Driving north from the main villages on the western road, turn left towards the ocean at the "T-intersection' beside the unsealed (crushed coral) runway. This delightful beachfront retains trees for shade and receives all-day sun, being due north-facing. Although there are numerous coral-heads within the lagoon and can become choppy when the wind catches the inshore reef-line, the beauty of this spot is the almost deserted nature of the beach and the distant views towards Amuri looking south. Around to the right is the Marine Research Center beach which is probably one of the best places on the main island to snorkel. Many of the locals call it the aquarium.
Other good areas for a swim and snorkel are found in the lagoon in Amuri from the vicinity of the Pacific Resort laundry as far as Matriki Beach-Huts - a 1 km stretch of thick sandy beachfront. In this locale the lagoon is deeper and reasonably clear for snorkelling. Ootu Point around the Aitutaki Sailing Club and departure area for some lagoon cruises offers nice swimming depending on tidal movement and water disturbance from boats. Good swimming can also be found for the guests staying at Aitutaki Lagoon Resort on the southern side of Akitua motu. In some areas of the western side of Aitutaki, there are a couple of decent swimming holes dug into the lagoon floor. Most of the Amuri - Anaunga area is shallow however.
There are two scuba dive operators providing scuba tours and diving instruction on Aitutaki. Aitutaki Scuba is located very near the airport, on the road to the Marine resources hatchery and golf course. Bubbles Below are located in Aratea on the Tautu road towards Cafe Tupuna.
The numerous lagoon cruises offer the best opportunities for swimming and snorkeling over a wider area. Here is also where several marine reserves, known as Ra'ui, are situated. All the lagoon tours have their favourite spots where they stop for the benefit of water activities. Snorkeling gear is provided by the vessel tour operators.