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The Vaka Cruise

Address: Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +682 53 294
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Owner description: The ‘must do’ day lagoon cruise aboard the 21 meter Polynesian style Vaka Titi ai Tonga.Every...
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Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Had an amazing time on our recent trip on The Vaka Cruise. The crew were friendly and very entertaining, the lagoon was picture perfect and the food was delicious and authentic island fare. Highly recommended, especially if you only have a short time to experience Aitutaki... you won't want to leave though!

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Whangarei
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We were so so glad we did this Cruise! The whole day was just great. Beautiful clear water with amazing snorkling. Even swam with the GT's!! Our Tour Guide 'Paul' made the trip! He was fantastic. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone that visits Raro and or Aitutaki

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I had heard Aitutaki and the lagoon being described as a Paradise and it truly was. We purchased the Aitutaki Day Trip ,including the Vaka Cruise, flying in from Rarotonga. The day was so well organised and went without a hitch. Ali and the crew on the Vaka cruise did an amazing job ( if you can call it a... More 

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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Live island music for the whole trip. Along with stories by Ali and a few little shenanigans. Fabulous warm clear water, snorkelling. Delicious fresh lunch. Exploring the tiny islands. A fabulous day despite the rainy weather.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I went on the day trip from Rarotonga to Aitutaki. Our guide Ali met us at the airport in Raro and was an excellent guide right from the start. He was chatting to people on the plane and giving them information about the Cook Islands. Once in Aitutaki we got onto to an open sided bus and Ali was an... More 

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Kiandra, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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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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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