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The Vaka Cruise

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Ootu Beach, Cook Islands
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Absolutely awesome

This cultural cruise is fantastic! You get a taste of the Aitutaki culture with the love of their... read more

Reviewed yesterday
113Unhappy
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Fun cruise

Highly recommend this cruise! We had such a fun day, the crew keep you entertained in the boat with... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Wendy C
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Port Macquarie, 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 yesterday via mobile

This cultural cruise is fantastic! You get a taste of the Aitutaki culture with the love of their island and the enthusiasm for the beauty of their environment. They play their music, tell of legends and take you snorkeling in paradise. Highly recommended for families,...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend this cruise! We had such a fun day, the crew keep you entertained in the boat with live music and stories and demonstrations of coconut opening and sarong tying. The lunch was excellent, many delicious and healthy salads and bbq’d tuna, it was...More

Thank Wendy C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

To all the people who again showed us a slice of their little paradise. This was our third day trip visit and the people who run it on the tour and onboard the vaka, well done for giving us a little glimpse of heaven and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend. Fantastic cruise. Wonderful Crew. Very entertaining and learning the culture was awesome. The food is Fabulous.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Vaka Cruise combines several nice locations in the lagoon. Among others the boat visits: One Foot Island, some other small islands, a swim and bath opportunity within the lagoon (swimming with small and big fish/sealife). Also a lunch is offerd.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a week in the Cook Islands and decided to take a day trip to Aitutaki. Hands down one of our favorite parts of our honeymoon. Our tour guide was genuinely proud and excited to show us his island. We were so humbled by...More

Thank Amy G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely happy to have picked this cruise; if for no other reason than the traditional look of the boat - but then to add the atmosphere and the hosts to it just absolutely topped it off. The boat was packed and they allocation your seats...More

Thank Brooke-KiwiTraveller
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the best day of our 7 day holiday in Rarotonga/Aitutaki on this cruise ! Aitutaki is absolutley beautiful but the crew on this Vaka made the day out on the lagoon extra special.The crew set the stage for a great day out.Friendly, fun...More

Thank Clayton F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were picked up at our hotel in Raro at 7am and boarded a 45-50 minute flight to Aitutaki. From there Andrew was our tour guide on a land based tour of the island. He was very entertaining and quite informative on Aitutaki's history. We...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this day trip so much, this was our third time doing it! There have been 3-4 years between each one and though the same ‘tour’ each time we have learned/seen different things! The scenery is outstanding, you have opportunities to snorkel, visit ‘deserted’...More

Thank Janine P
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Haifa A
10 October 2017|
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Response from Taa M | Property representative |
Kia orana, We have 2 restrooms onboard. They are operational everyday of our tour.
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Simms B
6 October 2017|
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Response from Taa M | Property representative |
Hi, There are different numbers on each day of our cruise. We take a max of 45 people and a minimum of 1 person. There is one tourguide for all guests with the assistance of the rest of the crew onboard. If you are not... More
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Simms B
6 October 2017|
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Response from Vidar F | Reviewed this property |
I would estimate that the vessel can take around 60 passengers. There were no guided snorkeling when were there, but some of them get in the water to feed the giant travelly's.
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