Excursion

Maina Sandbar & One Foot Island Beach Break

Snorkeling, wading, feeding schools of fish, spotting giant clams and savoring a barbecue fish lunch: All this and more is yours to enjoy as you join a leisurely cruise across the lagoon and visit the beaches of Maina and One Foot IslandBe sure to bring your Passport and a few dollars to get your official One Foot Island stamp, a prized treasure among travelers.

  • Code
    AIT-C
  • Level
    Soft
  • Walking Type
    Little
  • Activity Type
    All
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    5 ½ hours

Step aboard your vessel, which will be either a large catamaran or a 10-seater boat, at the Arutanga landing and head out toward the Maina Sandbar, also known as Honeymoon Island for the marriage of a Canadian couple who selected this idyllic spot for their nuptials.

Arriving after a cruise of about 15 minutes, experience the stunning scenery and clear-blue sea of this idyllic tropical setting. Stand, wade and splash around in waters only two to three feet deep, and delight in hand-feeding schools of fish and seeing giant clams up close. If you wish, go a little farther out into waters about 10 feet deep to swim and snorkel. Depending on the season, you may observe the unique ground-nesting, red-tailed bird that comes here once a year to lay its eggs.

Leaving the Maina Sandbar, take the 20- to 30-minute boat cruise along the reef to reach One Foot Island. During your beach break, learn how One Foot Island got its name and discover why the isle, and indeed the entire Aitutaki Lagoon, is considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Take another chance to snorkel in the splendid waters near the reef or simply laze on the white-sand beach.

Lunch of locally caught, barbecued fish with a buffet of salads and traditional delicacies will be served. A cash bar with soft drinks, wines and beer is also available.

Before departing One Foot Island, be sure to present your Passport and a small fee to receive the official One Foot Island stamp.

Wrap up your lagoon, beach-hopping experience and return by boat to the main wharf.

Important Notes:  

As snorkeling equipment is not provided by the operator, guests must bring their own gear (mask, snorkel, fins and swim vest) and wear protective footwear, such as aqua socks. Guests who wish to snorkel should be familiar with wearing snorkel equipment and able to swim comfortably in currents, which may occasionally be present. If water conditions at your scheduled snorkeling site are prohibitive, an alternate site will be substituted. Alcoholic drinks should not be consumed prior to taking part in any water activities. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.