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The Vaka Cruise

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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About The Vaka Cruise
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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Spend a day admiring the picturesque lagoon of Aitutaki by opting for this Vaka cruise. You won’t have to worry about how to get to the boat as Aitutaki pickup is included. The cruise will take you to scenic islets that would be hard to reach alone, such as Motu Akaiami, Motu Rakau, and Motu Tapuaetai. If you’d like to snorkel, then equipment rental is included. A highlight is a delicious barbecue lunch with freshly-caught fish.
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I agree that this cruise is one of the best things that you can do while staying in Raro. We were on our 2nd Vaka Trip (did it last year as well) as we enjoyed it so much. The only thing that we found annoying...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank cheffoodie
Reviewed 1 week ago
Review of: The Vaka Cruise

We were collected from our Aitutaki accommodation and driven to the marina where we boarded the Vaka Cruise boat. From the moment we arrived we were treated with the friendliest hospitality - a warm greeting, live music and coconut drink. The bulk of the visitors...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jodie D
Reviewed 1 week ago
Review of: The Vaka Cruise

This trip was amazing!!! I did this Saturday 6th July 2019, with my family. Absolutely stunning Islands, clean clear water, white sandy beaches, very friendly locals and a great crew on our tour. From our accommodation transfers, our flight to Aitutaki, our friendly tour guide,...More

Date of experience: July 2019
3  Thank Tonistravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Review of: The Vaka Cruise

This trip was the absolute highlight of our trip to the Cook Islands and is absolutely worth every penny. Air Raro truly has everything perfectly coordinated, down to the hotel pick ups, drop offs, flights to and from Raro to Aitutaki, the island tour and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank CaseyTheTomcat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Aitutaki was most definitely the highlight of our week in the Cook Islands! And the Vaka cruise is the best way to see it if you’ve only got the day. Great guides, top lunch, pristine water and beaches, absolute heaven. Saw giant clams, tame trevallys,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank stephanie63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Review of: The Vaka Cruise

Despite the weather being very windy we set off on our cruise around the beautiful Aitutaki Lagoon. From the moment we set foot on the boat we were treated to a fresh coconut juice and cheerful music from the crew. The day was filled with...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Judy O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Review of: The Vaka Cruise

Thought I would give some comparison of the Vaka vs. Teking. First off, if you have time - do both! Vaka - Larger group and slower boat, but tons of fun and lots of great live music. You are presented with fresh coconuts (full of...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank TheNakedTruth
Taa M, Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia orana, Thank you for the comment I really appreciate it very much. We hope to welcome you back on the vaka in the near future. Regards,

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Review of: The Vaka Cruise

I cannot say enough good things about this trip! The people are wonderful, the scenery is fantastic and the food is exceptional! I personally enjoyed swimming with giant Trevally and seeing giant Clams! The crew jammed to Ukeleles the whole trip and they are really...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Denkidude
Taa M, Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the lovely feedback of our tour. See you next time.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fantastic time on the Vaka Cruise. The weather wasn't the best at first, but it soon fined up. Had a great time swimming with the giant trevally, who followed us to One Foot Island, so we got to swim with them again....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Emma N
Taa M, Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia orana, Thank you for the lovely comment of our tour. I do appreciate your time and i do believe you had a great experience on our cruise. Thank you again for recommending us to the world. Warm Regards,

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
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Amazing blue lagoon did not let us down. So pristine and clear it is no wonder the staff on the Vaka Cruise enjoy their jobs!! Wonderful day spent with lots of laughs, crew sang as we sailed and then given some very informative "presentations" by...More

1  Thank greglK2422HA
Taa M, Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia orana, Warm greetings from paradise. Thank you for the feedback of our tour. Appreciate it very much. Kia Manuia,

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Response from Taa M | Property representative |
Kia orana, Our vessel is suitable for all ages from infant, toddlers, children, adults, elderly and guests on wheelchair are most welcome onboard. You can also bring your 17mnths pram or stroller onboard. Let me know if... More
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Hi, Yes it is suitable for customers who needs a walking aid. Hope this helps.
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Response from LFG955 | Reviewed this property |
You change on the boat. It is very casual and most people had only their bathers on. You are on and off the boat swimming and exploring.
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