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OUR Thoughts on Etu Moana, Aitutaki
Etu Moana is a really wonderful, high-quality place to stay on Aitutaki. It has a perfect location on the beach facing the outer lagoon and the ocean while being only minutes from the airport, the village and many of Aitutaki’s special little restaurants. Etu Moana has 8 individual Villas, so the on-site management couple can (and do) provide personal attention to all guests as required.

The Resort is set in some of the most beautiful tropical gardens you will ever see.  It seems that every plant, bush and tree has flowers all year and the plantings, especially around the swimming pool area are very attractive.  The pool (where the tropical breakfasts, included in the tariff are served) is the centre of the resort.  As well as a well-stocked bar, which is available to guests on an “honesty” system, the Pool Hut also provides an oven and a microwave oven for guests to use which are particularly useful facilities if you have organised to buy some of the freshly-made packaged meals available to buy-in from Koru Café - one of Aitutaki’s well-reviewed eateries  There are several individual thatched pavilions around one side of the pool from which there is a view of the “hill” (the highest point on Aitutaki) or the lagoon which is framed by the main garden path at this point.

The beach extends right back into the property and there are beautiful shade trees lining the lagoon beach.  The lagoon is fairly shallow outside Etu Moana and it is alive with interesting tropical fish, sea cucumbers, starfish etc.  It’s great for snorkelling and swimming at high tide – at low tide there is an all-tide swimming hole just along the beach and a buoy around 250 metres off shore out front to which guests can paddle the (complimentary) kayaks to, moor and swim on any tide.  Sunsets are spectacular from here too!

The beach is walkable at all tides and provides a great way to access nearby resorts and restaurants.  It takes only 5 minutes or so to walk to a nice little local fish and chip café.  It’s only a 5-minute walk along the beach to the Tamanu Resort which has a full range of dining options and an excellent Island Night once a week.  Fifteen minutes along the beach brings you to the Black Rock Café at The Pacific Resort. Night falls quite quickly on Aitutaki, so the thoughtful folk at Etu Moana provide their guests with torches for evening walks up and down the beach (or the road if you prefer) when visiting restaurants for evening meals/entertainment.

We are really impressed with the services available at Etu Moana.  They have up to 10 bicycles for the use of their guests at any time.  It is easy to cycle around Aitutaki where the pace of life is very laid-back.  If you prefer motorised transport, it’s easy for us to organise a small motor-bike or rental car and we do recommend that you pre-book your transport as rental cars can be in short supply during busy periods.  Kayaks, snorkel gear and reef shoes are available to all guests and the use of these facilities is included in the room tariff. Snorkel gear is kept hygienic between uses. 

The verandas on each Villa at Etu Moana are so good! Take your breakfast back to your own veranda if you wish, take a daytime nap, enjoy cocktails at sunset or ask the resort managers to organise a visiting masseur to come in, they set up the massage table and provide you with a terrific massage right on your own veranda (at what we consider to be very reasonable prices).

Etu Moana do not accept 1-night bookings; they do a wonderful wedding package (minimum 5 night stay) and they only accept guests aged 16 years and over. This is a unique little self-catering resort which we know you’ll enjoy so we recommend you give yourself plenty of time here to enjoy everything Etu Moana and the island of Aitutaki has to offer.

Included in the Tariff at Etu Moana
Island style Etu Moana greeting including
     Flower neck Ei
     Nui (coconut) drink
Concierge Guest Service
Continental Breakfast with tropical fruit, juice, English
     Breakfast Tea and plunger Coffee included.
Filtered water in villas
Audio Visual Entertainment system and small book
     library in each villa.
Snorkelling equipment, reef shoes, kayaks, stand-up
     paddle boards and Mountain Bikes.
500MB complimentary wifi per stay.
     (Additional MB available at a charge)
Daily housekeeping with linen change every
     second day

What Etu Moana Beach Villas Say About Themselves
“Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the ocean crashing on the reef or take in the spectacular South Pacific sunsets from your private veranda. Breathe in the blue lagoon as you fall in love with this enchanted resort. Sit back and enjoy the legendary Aitutakian hospitality, as magical moments turn into lifelong memories. 

Perched on the beachfront, Etu Moana offers you an unforgettable experience. Featuring endless beaches and lush tropical gardens, choose from one of only ten luxury self-contained Polynesian style Villas, with King sized beds, marble indoor or garden outdoor showers, TVs, radio and telephones. 

You will never be left wanting at this Polynesian haven.”

Bullet Full Resort Charter
Etu Moana offers a Full Resort Charter for up to 20 guests.

Your Accommodation Options
The 8 Villas at Etu Moana are all the same size (60m2) and layout.  The cost of a stay varies depending on the position of each villa relative to the beach.  Each Villa is a stand-alone building with a view of the lagoon/ocean and none is more than a few steps away from the resort pool and the beach.  The Villas at Etu Moana are a perfect design for a beach holiday in Aitutaki’s climate.  They are air-conditioned, but we find that having the air-conditioning turned on is not always necessary simply due to the layout of the villas which have a high, vaulted ceiling and a thatched roof supplemented by the flow-through ventilation from the screened louvre windows and the ceiling fan which keeps the interior cool.  Each Villa is raised slightly to provide a breezeway underneath.  There are around 5 steps up to the veranda.

Every Villa features polished timber plank floors in the living area and ceramic tiled floors in the spacious bathroom. The timber plank flooring extends from the living area/bedroom out to what is the major feature of each Villa – the generous-sized veranda/outdoor living area on the front of the villa. The veranda is big enough to house a day-bed (ideal for an afternoon nap!) which takes up a half of the wall on one side, a dining table and 2 chairs as well as a sun-lounger, with plenty of space left over.  The veranda is open to the view out front and has a wall for privacy down one side and another half way down the other side.

There is a full kitchen with a cook-top and sink, fridge with a freezer and filtered drinking water.  For those guests wanting an oven and/or a microwave, these are available in the Pool Bar. The bathroom features a walk-in shower with rain-shower head and modern ceramic fittings.  Outside the back of the bathroom there is a walled courtyard which has a convenient outdoor shower to complement the internal shower. There are many thoughtful little features about Etu Moana and one of these is the provision of an outdoor clothes line and pegs in the courtyard which is ideal for overnight drying out washed clothes/swimming togs and beach towels. 

Room Categories
(In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Garden & Lagoon View Villas:
Located closest to Reception.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and a single Day Bed which can be converted to a night bed for a third occupant.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Pool & Lagoon View Villas:
Closest to the Resort Pool and Pool House.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and a single Day Bed which can be converted to a night bed for a third occupant.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Absolute Beachfront Villas:
Right on the beach with the widest possible views.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and a single Day Bed which can be converted to a night bed for a third occupant.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting To and From Etu Moana
All guests are met at the Aitutaki Airport by a representative of Etu Moana with a flower neck Ei and a drinking coconut before being provided with a transfer by private vehicle to the resort.  A return airport transfer will also be included in package arrangements.

In addition to the scheduled domestic flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki, there is now a new on-demand Cessna Citation Business Jet charter service which is another option and good value for small groups of up to 7 passengers.  

Kids’ Policy
This is an Adults-only Resort.
Guests aged 16 years and over are welcome at Etu Moana.

Domestic flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki are required and these will be included and costed in to package arrangements as required/agreed.
Standard check-in and check-out times:
Check in time is 1200 noon
Check out time is 10:00am
Guests arriving/departing on flights which do not coincide with these times will not have access to their villa before or after the standard check-in/check-out times unless early check-in and/or late check-out has been agreed to in advance and paid for.
Early check-in between 6:00am and 12 Noon when available will be at a flat rate cost of approximately 50% of the nightly accommodation grade reserved.
Late check-out between 10:00am and 6:30pm, when available will be at a flat rate cost of approximately 50% of the nightly accommodation grade reserved.

Resort Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Cancellations made between 31 and 59 days prior to
      arrival; a cancellation fee equal to the cost of 7% of the
      total booking applies.
Bullet Cancellations made between 14 and 30 days prior to
      scheduled arrival; a cancellation fee equal to the cost
      of 50% of the
      total booking applies.
Bullet Cancellations made within 14 days prior to arrival; a
      cancellation fee equal to the cost of 100% of the
      total booking applies.
Bullet No shows or days not used due to delayed arrivals or
      premature departure; no refund will be given.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Travel Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 04 May 2021  and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2022.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities
Bullet Swimming pool

Bullet Pool Hut Honesty Bar
Bullet Sun loungers
Bullet Complimentary Snorkeling gear
Bullet Laundry service (small charge)
Bullet On site parking
Bullet Rental car, scooter hire
Bullet Complimentary Bicycle Hire
Bullet Continental Breakfast included in tariff
Bullet Complimentary use of Kayaks
Bullet DVD and book exchange library
Bullet Oven and Microwave in Pool Hut
Bullet On-site managers
Bullet Restaurant advice.  Tour booking service
Bullet Wi-Fi internet services (chargeable)
Bullet BBQ at pool for guest use
Bullet Wedding and Vow Renewal Packages

Room Facilities
Bullet Air Conditioning

Bullet Insect screens
Bullet Ceiling fan
Bullet Full Kitchen with Refrigerator/Freezer
Bullet Purified drinking water tap in Villa kitchen
Bullet IDD telephone
Bullet Daily housemaid service
Bullet Large Internal shower with rain head
Bullet Private veranda with table & chairs and Day Bed
Bullet Additional shower outside in private courtyard
Bullet Clothes line and pegs in private courtyard
Bullet Flat screen TV with DVD player
Bullet In-room safe
Bullet Iron & ironing board
Bullet Hairdryer