One Foot Island is located in Aitutaki atoll not far from the outer reef and about a 15-minute speedboat ride from most resorts located on the main island of Aitutaki. One Foot Island is so called because seen from above resembles a large left foot, which size is about 200 meters long and 100 wide at the widest point. From One Foot Island, walking for about half a kilometer in the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, guests can get to a huge sandbank, a sort of "almost island" whose size changes depending on the tide, and where some palm trees are starting to grow. With a short swim, guests may instead get to the nearby island of Tekopua, or to other sandbanks and very small islets. A series of coral reefs are instead an excellent opportunity for some snorkeling, while the turquoise, crystal-clear and calm waters of the lagoon are ideal for long baths in a huge natural pool.
A day trip to One Foot Island is one of the most popular Aitutaki excursions and is a must-do for all those staying in Cook Islands. The biggest operators visit this island with quite large group excursions around lunchtime, when a barbecue is organized near the beach, but generally the stop does not exceed a couple hours. By arranging instead a trip with a private water taxi, bringing snacks and water, guests can stay on One Foot Island for as long as they wish, increasing the chances of finding themselves completely alone on a deserted island (at least for some part of the day) or sharing the place with very few people. To organize the trip by water taxi, the best way is to ask assistance to the facility where you are staying in Aitutaki, taking care to make the request at least a few days in advance and after having checked the weather forecasts for the next days.
For who is particularly adventurous, on One Foot Island there is also a kind of hut where guests may overnight, but there isn't running water or electricity (mobile phone signal is also very weak or totally absent). The facility is called McBirney House and can be booked through several tour operators, which will also organize the water taxi service from / to Aitutaki airport or other facilities in Aitutaki. For who would like to stay longer on One Foot Island, another option is to use just a water taxi for any number of days, returning each night on the main island of Aitutaki.
But know let's see some photos of One Foot Island taken during our holiday in the Cook Islands.