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The Vaka Cruise

Address: Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +682 53 294
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Ranked #5 of 20 Activities in Aitutaki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: The ‘must do’ day lagoon cruise aboard the 21 meter Polynesian style Vaka Titi ai Tonga.Every...
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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.
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Kiandra, New South Wales, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This cruise was the highlight of my holiday in the Cook Islands. I couldn't recommend this cruise enough to people who want to explore the lagoon. We visited 3 small islands and went snorkelling off one of the reef areas. The snorkelling was the best snorkelling i have done. The water temperature is so warm and you don't want to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

it's as beautiful as it sounds and looks! A definite must do if you arent already staying on Aitutaki. We did the cruise as a group of 12 (staying at Raro) so the transfers to the airport and flights over to Aitutaki were all inclusive. The buffet lunch was filled with local cuisines all prepared by the crew (they wake... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a great trip: the crew were friendly and knowledgeable; snorkelling was outstanding; good balance between time ashore and on the boat; and a very good lunch. Overall, I think this trip represents good value for money and is definitely worth doing if you visit Aitutaki.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Simply heaven, What to say one of thevmost paradisiac places on the face of the earth. The cruise is probably the best organised cruise that you Will esperience in the area all food and drink were provided for us. The cruise starts in Aitutaki They will take you across the lagune. Have a great BBQ in board. And go snorkelling.... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Most amazing place to visit with fantastic crew who were really friendly. Couldn't have wished for a better day.

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Milton, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

The cruise is absolutely excellent! Aitutaki in itself is stunning but I am so glad this particular tour was included in the Air Rarotonga day trip! The staff were very entertaining, especially Ali (sorry if it is not spelt correctly but he tells us he is the only one named that on the island!). They were all friendly and accomodating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This was the best boat tour on our island adventure. Music and laughter and food were all fantastic. The water was something out of my imagination, just unreal. What an experience in such a magical place! Can't wait to visit again!

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Can't say enough about this cruise. The guide Paul was very friendly and funny. We learn't allot from Paul as he told us about the trees and coconuts and some legendary tales. I was so impressed about the hermit crabs being able to carry a coconut and then to climb a tree to drop the coconut to let it fall... More 

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Auckland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

What an experience! A sublime day from the flight up to Aitutaki to landing back in Rarotonga. This is definitely one for the bucket list! Flight to Aitutaki was fine - 45mins and then coming out of the clouds, the view of the lagoon was instantly recognisable that we were here. Ali was our tour guide slash comedian slash historian... More 

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Waiuku, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Easy access from Ootu Beach as our accommodation was near.... Perfect conditions and a blue lagoon to match!!! Passengers from NZ joined us fellow kiwis and their entertaining antics made our day!!! To top off the buffet provided was exceptional - as this was the first time I had tasted breadfruit and arrowroot and it was beautiful... Stopped on motus... More 

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