Rarotonga and Aitutaki

Rarotonga and Aitutaki

Marie Blair with a 46kg wahoo caught on Marlin Queen charters


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Rarotonga is about 4 hours flight-time from Auckland and is the centrepiece of a group of 15 islands known as the Cook Islands.

Fishing, diving and other water-sports all feature highly in popular tourist activities. The deep water in Rarotonga is not far from the reef.

The fishing in Rarotonga is typical of the tropical Pacific and a range of reef and pelagic species are on offer for anglers. A number of FADs (fish aggregation devices) around the island are a frequent destination for the local charter fleet, and they attract a full range of species from tiny baitfish through to larger pelagics like yellowfin tuna, mahimahi, wahoo, sailfish and marlin. Giant trevally are found around the outer reef and dogtooth tuna in similar areas and around the deeper drop-offs.

Aitutaki is world reknown for amazing bonefishing however there's also some excellent fishing outside the reefs for other species and especially giant trevally.

Land-based Fishing in Rarotonga
April 2020

Nicole and Gene Bryant from "Strictly Land-Based" went to Rarotonga for land-based fishing. The result: a giant trevally and a number of other reef species.... Read More >

Aitutaki: Fishing Outside the Reef
April 2020

Aitutaki offers a world-class fishery to visiting anglers. Here, Grant Blair tells of his fishing experiences outside the reef on his recent trip to Aitutaki.... Read More >

Bonefishing in Aitutaki
April 2020

Aitutaki is a well-known destination for catching bonefish, and Grant Blair wasn't disappointed on his recent trip there. He reports on the state of the bonefish... Read More >

What it's like to dive in Rarotonga
December 2019

In the heart of the Cook Islands lies the beautiful island of Rarotonga. The crystal-clear waters are irresistible, with the  blue lagoon surrounding the island and... Read More >

Fishing for Giant Trevally in Rarotonga
August 2019

Jordy Bardin was fortunate enough to revisit her Cook Island home of Rarotonga recently, but this time she was prepared for some serious fishing…  ... Read More >

Fishing the Cook islands
September 2017

Editor Grant Dixon returned to the Cook Islands in late August for his second taste of the long-running Gary Parlour Wahoo Contest, this time travelling to... Read More >

Awesome Aitutaki
August 2017

It’s simply a bucket-list destination. Nestled like a diamond in a shiny gold band north of the main island of Rarotonga, Aitutaki is a well-kept secret... Read More >

April 2016

So you’re in lovely Rarotonga on holiday and fancy a bit of fishing; Editor Grant Dixon offers some tempting suggestions…... Read More >

Aitutaki fishing
October 2015

Giant trevally can be quite a handful during daylight hours, let alone after dark.... Read More >

About Rarotonga
June 2014

Geography The Cook Islands are a group of 15 islands spread over 2,000,000sqkm of the Pacific Ocean about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. The resident... Read More >


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