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The Vaka Cruise

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Ootu Beach, Cook Islands
+682 53 294
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Had a fantastic day!

We did this cruise as part of the day trip from Rarotonga. Paul was our guide throughout the day... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bontaks
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Sydney, Australia
A must do trip

We weren’t able to book the first trip we thought we would take but are so glad we went with Vaka... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jpt1948
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Brisbane, Australia
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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. Tour includes pickup from your accommodation on Aitutaki. Resorts adn Hotels on O'otu Peninsula are within easy walking distance from the departure point and the Vaka docks directly at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa to pick up guests from there. We look forward to take you to the magic that is Aitutaki's lagoon.
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Ootu Beach, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We did this cruise as part of the day trip from Rarotonga. Paul was our guide throughout the day, and he was exceptional in his manner with guests and his stories of culture and custom. This began on our jeep tour around the island and...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We weren’t able to book the first trip we thought we would take but are so glad we went with Vaka. Local boat, local crew with personality. They sang us around the Lagoon and kept us entertained with the history of many of the islands...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We are all different and that’s what makes the world go round, so personal opinion follows. A potentially lovely day out spoiled by forced jollification– what countries are you from, round of applause for birthdays/anniversaries/the chef, the crew given aliases of brands of drink….. allied...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We did this cruise on a windy and overcast day. It was still very enjoyable and I highly recommend it. We stayed on Aitutaki for a few days and it really gave us a feel for the island and lagoon. Our guide Paul was great,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great day trip. The team hosting the Vaka Cruise also provide a tour of the Islands that is their homeland. You get to not only see the Islands but also feel what this place means to the people that live there through...More

Thank Karl J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super impressive cruise on the most beautiful lagoon. Unbelievable! Outstanding crew and wonderful lunch. Not over crowded. Stable vessel with good facilities.

Thank thunderbird1964
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the most amazing day on this cruise, the staff were very entertaining and the scenery and food also incredible. The highlight of our cook island holiday, this crew were so friendly and make your day awesome.

Thank jodsginlover
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great day on the Vaka cruise. The weather wasn't perfect but the crew made up for it with great commentary, wonderful live music and stories and a delicious lunch. It was still warm enough for a snorkel in the stunning lagoon and...More

Thank Kiahgirl
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Crew super nice. wonderful music. very good lunch. wonderful snorkeling even if you are not a good swimmer.

Thank DianaO340
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Soooooo worth the trip. Amazing crew on the boat, great entertainment and the most beautiful scenery ever. Would recommend without hesitation. The snorkelling was wonderful.

Thank Kate C
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IOGWFH
July 10, 2018|
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Response from Lori G | Reviewed this property |
You could change at the airport in the restrooms - no showers, but better than being in the plane in wet clothing. You could also change on the boat, but restrooms are small. You do have a 30 - 40 cruise back from the last... More
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thualexander
June 4, 2018|
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Response from coloradomt_diver | Reviewed this property |
You need to go to the website for vacacruise. You can send a message from there or their email is listed. For some reason I can’t include a website in the reply
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jessowen37
April 30, 2018|
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Response from Taa M | Property representative |
We have a variety of fresh fruits and salads available on our lunch buffet.
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