We bit the bullet and booked a trip to Aitutaki with Vaka Cruises (only because it is not cheap!). WOW! So glad we did! The flight there was just spectacular, the bus trip amusing, and the boat trip out of this world! Ali (soon to be famous because of his appearance in the lastest Air NZ safety video with supermodels!) is just such an asset to this company. His witty banter, and his modest (???) demeanour had us chuckling away all day. Aitutaki cannot be described to give it true justice .... I always thought the pictures of this area were photo-shopped - surely water can not have SO many shades of aqua blue???? It is a treasure to behold, and I hope it is kept as natural in the future, as it could very easily be commercialised too much. The meal on board with all of the staff looking after you, and the singing and ukele music was the icing on the cake! Well done Vaka Cruises - a first class operation. Bite the bullet and do this trip - I doubt whether you could ever be disappointed!