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The Vaka Cruise

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Address: Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +682 53 294
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The ‘must do’ day lagoon cruise aboard the 21 meter Polynesian style Vaka...

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.They are always happy to provide snorkelling lessons for first timers.

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Definitely jump on this boat!

When we arrived in aitutaki we asked our hotel desk which tour company was best. She was useless and said they were both the same but one cost $30 more. Please don't listen to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Perth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

When we arrived in aitutaki we asked our hotel desk which tour company was best. She was useless and said they were both the same but one cost $30 more. Please don't listen to this nonsense...THEY ARE NOT THE SAME! We ended up picking the more expensive one just due to the look of the boat. Omg thank god we... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

WOW!!! The islands are breathtakingly stunning, the snorkelling was insane (kit provided, which was a big plus for us). The food was 5* and the boat its self was gorgeous, large and comfortable. A big shout out to Ali, you really are a man of many talents, and warm hospitality is one of them! Along with the rest of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did this as a day tour from Rarotonga. I was nervous because it was expensive (almost $500 pp) and it was a birthday present to my husband on our honeymoon. I wanted it to be great, and it was! We were originally booked for Saturday and the weather wasn't great. Air Rarotonga still picked us up from hotel and... More 

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vic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

4 hours tour visiting some small islands in the lagoon it's worth to do it The team is very kind and friendly and makes this tour very funny and interesting by sharing their history and culture

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Auckland NZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was truely an experience I did not expect. From the time we arrived in Aitutaki and were welcomed by our guide Charlie it was a mixture of fun, laughter, singing, snorkling and generally a wonderful day. We were well looked after, made to laugh , experienced true Aitutaki friendship. The snorkling was great, the food for lunch yummy and... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment we were collected from our resort to the moments even after we stepped off the lagoon cruise boat we were given exceptional, personable service by all members of beautiful staff. Host "Casanova" (very fitting stage name) and his charming sidekicks manage to pull off seamless, highly entertaining musical numbers during the journey across the lagoon, interrupted only... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of only a couple of day trips available in Aitutaki lagoon. We chose this one because my wife liked the look of the boat. What a great choice! We had a great day. The crew are very entertaining and helpful, singing and playing their ukuleles while you're motoring along in an impossibly beautiful lagoon. It's only on... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks Ali and crew for a great trip on the lagoon even in the rain it was magical. Good playing in the Rugby Sevens.

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Usa, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Ali for an excellent day! He was the best tour guide and made our cruise enjoyable despite the very cold, wet temperatures. Some advice for others- the cruise only provides one towel so if you get out at your first stop (and especially if it's cold/rainy), you'll have a wet towel your whole trip. I wish we had... More 

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Sweet Home, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entertaining and enjoyable from the time Ali picked us up, until the time he dropped us off at the airport. Had a trip around the island, where some history was explained. Once upon the vaka, the staff was great, very good information about the islands, music, demonstrations and the most wonderful buffet of local dishes. It is a must do... More 

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