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Address: Avarua Marina, Avarua, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +682 24 919
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Cook Islands are renowned for their prestine white sandy beaches, lush...

The Cook Islands are renowned for their prestine white sandy beaches, lush green mountainous terrain and warm tropical climate. The best way to take in this landscape is from the sea, so come for a sail on the only surveyed charter yacht in Rarotonga. On the cruise you may see whales,sharks or turtles (seasonal).Looking for fun and adventure come with us on the 58ft yacht Southern Cross and we can take you sailing on the deep blue waters of this island paradise.We can cater for groups up to 25. Private charters can also be arranged.(hen, stag, wedding, corporate).Outer island charters also available.

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It's not a package tour, folks. It's and adventure.

...and you need to be ready and capable of enduring some adversity. Like not having your favourite meal,or even a menu. I have disappointing news for you. Boats go up and down on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 15, 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2015

...and you need to be ready and capable of enduring some adversity. Like not having your favourite meal,or even a menu. I have disappointing news for you. Boats go up and down on the sea!! Yes so we all take drugs to cure this, and the. We can walk about without puking. Also, the kind of people who go on... More 

2 Thank treekangar00
Venezia, Italia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2015

Experience absolutely forgettable. We try to take contact with the manager, Keith after long adventures, he never answers to e-mail, we had to call him (with expensive overseas calls) several times to have an answer. We planned an expedition to Suwarrow and Palmerston, at our arrival it says that Suwarrow was too far away and we just arrive till Palmerston... More 

4 Thank Andreasupertamp
Keith C, Owner at Sail Rarotonga Ltd, responded to this review

True communication was awkward they were in NZ I phoned several times ,they phoned several times ,I explained it was only a possibility of travel due to the weather and Sussarow was unlikely, they had time restraints i couldn't adhere to . I met with them here and tried to organize another boat which apparently was to expensive for them.... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

We had one of our favourite fish meals on the Island here. The game fish Trio main course was amazing! Relaxed atmosphere and environment looking out over the lagoon.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

In late June 2014 we were fortunate to have an afternoon cruise on Eastern Star. It was a beautiful day with little wind so no great need for sails. This cruise is well worth doing just to sit back and relax and look back from the sea to take in the beautiful island views and the absolutely lovely clear water.... More 

Thank Cousie
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

This review is re the inter-island motor-sailing trip Sail Rarotonga / Pacific Expeditions (Graham Wragg) made in April/May 2014, not the day trips around Rarotonga, and the yacht used for both until recently, SV Southern Cross, has now been sold and replaced with SV Eastern Star, now run by Ivan Purvis. We had some heavy seas and strong winds on... More 

6 Thank GMDNZ
Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

In April 2014, we took a trip through Pacific Expeditions that was handled by Sail Rarotonga on SV Southern Cross that took us on a 13 day sailing trip through the South Pacific to exotic islands such as Suwarrow and Palmerston. Graham Wragg, the person who arranged this trip for us had to bow out due to some research opportunity... More 

2 Thank ljmzta
Keith C, Owner at Sail Rarotonga Ltd, responded to this review

I was aware Graham said we would leave at 4pm we left at 3pm. No wind for 4 days .....I'm not GOD and this was OFFSHORE meaning away from land !!!! Hello? No yacht No people Just sharks .............Remote? Still In Cyclone season ,if you had come up from your bed and seen what we had to do to keep... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

Had a great evening with these guys. My niece was over for her 21st with her partner. The sailing conditions were great. Got some great sunset shots and ones of the island from the sea. A must do.

1 Thank JenniVaimaanga
Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

We have just arrived back from yet again another wonderfull time in Rarotonga. This time was even better as we had a wonderful experience on the Southern Cross. Unfortunetly it was an overcast evening and we were unable to see a sunset, but this did not dampen our trip. Our hosts Keith and Nurse were charming hosts and made our... More 

Thank Lynne I
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

In mid October 2012 'Captain Keith' of the Southern Cross and 'First Mate' Nurse took us (wife + niece) on a fabulous sunset cruise out from Avarua Harbour (Rarotonga). I personally have done next to no sailing in my 49 years on this planet and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Keith and his crew are superbly competent sailors and are wonderful... More 

Thank Nicolle W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

We went on a cruise with Keith on the SV Southern Cross as a treat for my dad's birthday and had a great time! While I've been to Raro numerous times before, I've never seen the island from outside the reef and the view is fantastic. Keith is an excellent host and a real character. He was very entertaining and... More 

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