Getting to & Around Mitiaro
Mitiaro is a great destination for a short trip with lots to see on this tiny island. Usually toured in combination with Atiu and Mauke, touring Mitiaro is quite easy, however, it is best to use the services of a local guide as you can often miss out unmarked attractions. Contact the tourism officer at the Administration Center on the island, and he will arrange a local guide for you.
The best way to get to Mitiaro is by air via Air Rarotonga. Flights arrive here thrice a week from Rarotonga and land at the airstrip in the north of the island. On Mitiaro, the Air Rarotonga office is near the CIC Church. It is quite expensive to travel to Mitiaro as a single destination, so what many tourists do is tour all three islands, Mitiaro, Atiu and Mauke together. It is much cheaper this way, plus the journey is much shorter – it is just a 10 minute flight from Atiu or Mauke.
In Rarotonga you can contact a number of travel agencies who will be more than willing to help you plan a tour of Mitiaro, Atiu and Mauke. This tour is affordable and economical, letting you enjoy the best that all three islands have to offer. A travel package to this part of the Cook Islands includes airfare, transportation costs and accommodation expenses as well.
If you like, you can travel by inter-island cargo ship to Mitiaro. In Rarotonga you can find Mataroa Shipping and Taio Shipping, both of which offer ferry services to Mitiaro via Mangaia, Atiu and Mitiaro from Rarotonga. A long journey, use a cargo ship to travel only if you have plenty of time to spare.
The best way to get around Mitiaro is on foot, taking in the lovely natural beauty of this island. If you ever get tired of walking, you will the find the friendly locals here more than willing to give you a lift to your destination, if it’s along their way.