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The Vaka Cruise

Cook Islands
+682 53 294
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Must do tour

This is one of the more expensive cruises at $125 each but worth it. Bishops does same type of tour... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tresco, United Kingdom
via mobile
Don't miss this cruise.....

We had an amazing afternoon with the most amazing crew who played music, made jokes and gave so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeanne H
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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 4 days ago via mobile

This is one of the more expensive cruises at $125 each but worth it. Bishops does same type of tour for $95 each. But chose Vaka for 3 reasons being on the replica of a Polynesian boat, toilet aboard and from reviews it had better...More

Thank deanobravo72
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an amazing afternoon with the most amazing crew who played music, made jokes and gave so much information about their lovely island..... The snorkelling and baebeque were fantastic...... Aituaki is so beautiful if you go to the Cook Islands you have to see...More

Thank Jeanne H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arriving into Aitutaki airport after a short flight from Rarotonga, our charming tour host Ali greeted us each personally to welcome us to his beautiful home. Setting off on the dry land component of our day tour, he regaled us with fun facts and funnier...More

Thank ktwn_angel16
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had terrific day. Couldn't fault the local or the staff. Strongly recommend this day out on the lagoon. Unbelievable snorkelling at 3 locations. Ali's knowledge and personality rarely made it. Really delightful to watch Ali do the sarong demo, the young lady model appeared...More

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Crew were awesome. Paul our host and Ali the Boat Captain were very entertaining. Beautiful day, we got some perfect photo's, just like the one's you see in the promo's. Snorkelled, met people from all over the world and enjoyed a great Cook Island...More

Thank Jeanette S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Flew from Rarotonga for a day trip to Aitutaki and enjoyed the Vaka cruise around the area. We were met at the airport and loaded onto an open air truck. Because our flight had been delayed we headed straight for the cruise. The staff onboard...More

Thank Jewlzcee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I booked this cruise 2 months prior to travelling to the Cook Islands and were a little hesitant regarding the price. Sure enough the day came around and whilst we woke up in Rarotonga, after travelling to Aitutaki, the weather was stunning....More

Thank samantha s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed on Aitutaki for a week and did this cruise on our last day, which was the most perfect way to end our time in the Cook Islands. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to the beautiful boat. On the tour...More

Thank amysquires1
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Having been to Aitutaki many times, I had never done The Vaka Cruise. Having friends here with me who convinced me to go was great. It is absolutely a "must do" if you are staying in Rarotonga, fly over for the day, you will be...More

Thank JoniA1
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

This tour was amazing, from the moment we boarded Air Rarotonga to the moment we got back it was spectacular. Ali and the crew have a real love for the beautiful islands and they want nothing more than to share it with you! This tour...More

Thank Courtney B
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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.
Simms B
6 October 2017|
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
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.