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The Vaka Cruise

Aitutaki, Cook Islands
+682 53 294
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Great Day Trip with great service!

What a great day trip with great service for the whole day! We decided to go based on... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Reema P
Auckland, New Zealand
Absolutely brilliant!!

Superb day with delicious food. Truly a wonderful cultural experience learning and visiting a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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.They are always happy to provide snorkelling lessons for first timers.
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
+682 53 294
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a great day trip with great service for the whole day! We decided to go based on recommendations from friends who had been on the tour before and we were not disappointed! What stunning views of the lagoon and islands!!! The boat was lovely...More

Thank Reema P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Superb day with delicious food. Truly a wonderful cultural experience learning and visiting a number of the smaller islands around Aitutaki. Snorkelling with the Giant trevally was an absolute highlight. The staff are hilarious and incredibly accommodating.

Thank Kellyalex123
Reviewed 6 days ago

Booked it directly with them online but beware you do not get immediate response. They use a bigger boat (probably the biggest we saw on the day) but there are toilets on the boat. They also do the cruise for day visitors from Rarotonga, so...More

Thank dselvan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Has the most amazing day on the vaka.the boat was beautiful, the crew were fantastic the food was delicious. kept us all entertained with music and stories I would highly recommend this cruise.

Thank Mastersonsnz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We headed over to Aitutaki for the day trip yesterday. We were meet by our guide for the day "Aki" and it was the beginning of one of those days you remember for ever for all the right reasons. Aki was clear and knowledgeable along...More

Thank jaspgolder
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I booked our holiday to the Cook Islands, I said to my hubby we can't go all the way there (to Raro) and not see Aitutaki (I had previously been back in 2000) I am so glad that we did the day trip with...More

Thank Nat H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the Vaka Cruise...offered as part of a day trip package by Air Rarotonga. Our guide, Ali was the best! He was hilarious and extremely knowledgeable. The food that was prepared on the boat was amazing and so was the snorkeling. I definitely...More

Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even the weather wasn't so beautiful (mostly cloudy and for half an hour also rain) the Vaka staff entertained all the cruiser members and we had a lot of fun during all these 4/5 hours of tour! The food on board, cooked during the cruise...More

Thank Emanuele C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose the Vaka Cruise purely to experience the Vaka whilst in Aitutaki, what an amazing day trip this was. We were picked up from our resort and transported along with 25 others to the Vaka where Ali and his crew safely escorted and entertained...More

Thank elizashaw8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did this cruise as part of the Aitutaki Day Trip (flew over from Rarotonga for the day). It was simply amazing. The crew were hilarious and very knowledgeable. We were thoroughly entertained the whole day. For me the highlight was getting to see where...More

Thank charliw23
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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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23 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