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The Vaka Cruise

Aitutaki, Cook Islands
+682 53 294
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Ranked #4 of 19 Activities in Aitutaki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: The ‘must do’ day lagoon cruise aboard the 21 meter Polynesian style Vaka Titi ai Tonga.Every morning at 10am Mondays to Saturdays, the sound of the... more » Owner description: The ‘must do’ day lagoon cruise aboard the 21 meter Polynesian style Vaka Titi ai Tonga.Every morning at 10am Mondays to Saturdays, the sound of the conch shell signals the departure of the Vaka for six hours of lagoon magic.There’s snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing to do before tucking into to an island barbecued lunch of fresh caught ocean fish served on board and accompanied by a full bar service.Visit several motu (small islets) and beach comb at One Foot Island before returning past the old TEAL flying boat base. Impromptu entertainment by the crew will have you tying pareu, weaving coconut leaf plates or humming island tunes.They are always happy to provide snorkelling lessons for first timers. « less
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Rarotonga
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A bit spoilt for choice when choosing a lagoon cruise in Aitutaki but after talking to friends who had been and experienced it we cose the Vaka cruise and a great choice we made. A perfect day weather wise was an added bonus and we loved our trip from the minute we were welcomed on board with a chilled nu.... More

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A fabulous day exploring such a stunning and idyllic part of the world. The Vaka crew and boat were great and we were taken to several stunning locations for swimming, exploring and snorkeling before enjoying a delicious meal on board.

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Geelong, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We had decided that this was a good way to see Aitutaki without having to stay on the island and we were not disappointed with our choice. Ali and his crew were very informative, funny and entertaining. Ali provided us with an insight of life on Aitutaki and how it relies on the tourists to keep it going. The blue... More

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Te Aroha, New Zealand
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Vaka Cruise came as part of a day tour from Rarotonga to Aitutaki. We were greeted at Aitutaki Airport by our tour guide for the day, Ali. While the tour bus took us on a quick tour of the island Ali kept us entertained and informed with his wide knowledge of all things Aitutaki. We had a quick stop... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Everything from the crew, wonderful scenery and food was fantastic. We delighted by this cruising day on the lagoon. Ali was a great host full of knowledge and laughter. The snorkeling was amazing as was the selection of Island food for lunch. To top it all off I was asked to sit in the cockpit with the pilots on our... More

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North Island, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We were staying on Aitutaki and chose this cruise as a way of enjoying the beauty of the lagoon first hand. And we were not disappointed !! We visited several small islands within the lagoon and were able to walk across them and enjoy the birds and vegetation. Snorkelling was offered to all who wished, but as non-swimmers we enjoyed... More

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Oztraylya
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156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

If you are thinking of spending NZ$470 pp on a day trip to Aitutaki, I hope you have the time to read on to clarify your expectations. I've tried to be objective in this review, if you agree please tick the box and it will be worth the effort. Wow; undeniably gorgeous scenery, but we were left somewhat disappointed. This... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We had a great day out with these guys. The crew were entertaining and the food was absolutely beautiful. The weather didn't play the game for us, however, The Vaka Cruise was set up well to cope with the inclement weather. Some of the other smaller tour operators were out on the lagoon as well and their customers were exposed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Awesome activities, amazing scenery, beautiful food and wonderful tour guide Ali! Highly recommend if you visit Raro or staying on Aitutaki!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Fantastic day trip. Excellent food. Super staff . Ali was a great host and most informative with history of the lagoon . Comfortable boat and enjoyable snorkeling. Thank you . Gee kit

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