Aitutaki is a stunningly beautful lagoon located in the tropical
South Pacific. This friendly island is home to 1500 residents
who all share a strong connection with the ocean.
Lagoon with Akaiami marked - Google Earth
The people of Aitutaki all live on the main island in rural
villages spread evenly throughout. Many local crops are
grown, with taro, banana, maniota and paw paw being common.
People also spend a lot of time fishing, both in the lagoon
and on reef. Sea food is a significant part of the local
diet with fish being caught both in and outside the lagoon.
This island has been made famous as the set for movies
and tv shows, with the UK series Shipwrecked filming their
first season here. Survivor was also filmed exclusively
on the beautiful Aitutaki Lagoon for their Survivor Cook
The Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring
Project has it's base on the motu (small island) of Akaiami.
The project is housed in Akaiami Lodge, a basic homestead
on a stunning deserted beach. Each day volunteers will awaken
to the long shadows of the Coconut palms extending out over
the crystal water and in the evening, watch the sun set off
the beach with the golden hues reflected in the water.