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The Vaka Cruise

Cook Islands
+682 53 294
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Fun, laughter, experienced guides, great food, great snorkelling!

An excellent boat, great, funny crew! A broad trip swing lots of islands and amazing snorkelling... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Gold Coast, Australia
Yes, It's Really That Amazing!

The other 5 star reviews say it all, no need to Photoshop any pictures as the water looks of course... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Rosemary R
Athens, Ohio
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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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Reviewed 5 days ago

An excellent boat, great, funny crew! A broad trip swing lots of islands and amazing snorkelling with the giant trevelly. Highly recommended and worth every penny! Loved every minute!

Thank NiccinooJD
Reviewed 5 days ago

The other 5 star reviews say it all, no need to Photoshop any pictures as the water looks of course even more amazing in real life. For months my husband and I debated whether or not to splurge on the day tour package offered through...More

Thank Rosemary R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a great day on this cruise! Friendly and funny hosts with lots of music, stories and information. The lagoon is beautiful and the small islands you stop at are pristine. We swam with the giant trevalley and giant clams which was so awesome -...More

Thank Miss-Rotary
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great way to get a glimpse of this amazing island. Ali, our tour guide was the highlight, extremely funny, passionate and knowledgeable, he turned an already great tour into an amazing one. The rest of his crew were really great as well. Highly recommend...More

Thank trajah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We could not have asked for a better and most informative introduction to Aitutaki. The cruise on the lagoon and the island visits are a must. However, for us, the trip was made by the enthusiasm and knowlede of Ali. His presentation style and sense...More

1  Thank williewilk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even our 11yr old said this was the best day of her holiday. It was truely amazing and we would highly recommend it! We travelled from Raro on a day tour and the whole experience was just the BEST. DO IT IF YOU CAN! :)

Thank Michelle P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, what an incredible day we had out with the Vaka Cruise crew. Friendly, fun & informative crew teamed with the most idyllic beautiful lagoon & islands. Swimming with the giant trevally was a highlight as was the onboard entertainment. Fantastic!

1  Thank Hayley W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend to take this trip the day you arrive in Aitutaki Island. One food island is so beautiful.

1  Thank jomelbartolome
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful day we had on The Vaka Cruise. From the moment you board the boat you are entertained and well informed. Ali was amazing, and we had such a fun day. Snorkelling was the highlight for me, and swimming in that beautiful clear...More

Thank Sue687
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I never thought I would have such an amazing day. The weather was outstanding and scenery exceptional. The crew are so great at what they do entertaining and extremely likeable. Worth every cent and more. I read the reviews before and give them 100% for...More

1  Thank codycat2015
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Aileen C
17 May 2017|
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Response from Delicjaaa | Reviewed this property |
If you want to go for a day trip from Raro you can book it at the airport or you can call them. That's what I've done. You can find the phone number in almost all the brochures about what to do in Raro. If that's not your... More
Gary Judith S
4 March 2017|
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22 May 2015|
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Response from Taa M | Property representative |
Kia Orana topplan, the price is NZ$125 per adult and $62.50 per child. The cruise is from 10 am to 4 pm and there a different snorkelling spots we will visit every day. We stop at several Motus, visit a spot were we feed... More