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The Vaka Cruise

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Ootu Beach, Cook Islands
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Best way to celebrate a birthday!

Having experienced the Vaka cruise a few years ago, I decided to take my niece and nephew to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tania F
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Arorangi, Cook Islands
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My kids and I were lucky enough to be able to join this day tour on Monday from Rarotonga. It was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rebecca F
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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 1 week ago

Having experienced the Vaka cruise a few years ago, I decided to take my niece and nephew to Aitutaki for the day to celebrate my birthday and to also spend some quality time with the kids who were visiting from New Zealand. All they knew...More

1  Thank Tania F
Taa M, General Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia orana Tania, Meitaki atupaka for the beautiful comment of your experience with our tour. I'm glad that your family had a great time on our vaka and you have special memories to treasure. We hope to welcome you onboard in the future. Thank you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My kids and I were lucky enough to be able to join this day tour on Monday from Rarotonga. It was such a highlight of our 2 week trip to the Cook Islands we will definitely be recommending this destination to our friends. The kids...More

1  Thank Rebecca F
Taa M, General Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia orana Rebecca, Thank you for the lovely comment. I do believe that your family had an amazing time on our tour. Thank you for choosing us as your host for the day and I do hope that you will visit us again in the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what can one say the beautiful surroundings are equally matched by the souls of the people a place that will ever be in our hearts my partner and I will always remember the freedom we felt in this very special place so much could...More

1  Thank Lucus T
Taa M, General Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia orana Lucus, Meitaki for the feedback I really appreciate your time. Thank you for joining our vaka family for a lovely day out. I hope you had a great experience of our tour. We wish you all the best for the future. Kia Manuia,

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This crew entertains and takes good care of you while snorkeling. The lunch on the boat is great. The Islands you visit are simply spectacular - and interesting history is evident. Just a treat really!

1  Thank CalgaryTraveller58
Taa M, General Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia orana, Thank you for the feedback and for making time to do our tour. I hope you enjoyed yourselves on our vaka. Warm Regards,

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We nearly didn't go on this trip as it was a little over our budget however we are so incredibly glad we changed our minds!! This was the absolute highlight of our stay in the Cook Islands and possibly one of the best day trips...More

1  Thank daveyballs
Taa M, General Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia orana, I'm glad to hear that our tour was a highlight of your stay in the Cook Islands. Thank you for choosing us to make your day out on our beautiful lagoon an unforgettable one. I do believe that you have enjoyed the whole...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The VAka cruise was really good - it covered a range of interesting information- from coconut crabs, trevalley fish, place of early flights, uses of the coconut fibres and how to open the coconut. The host made a great compere and made a point of...More

1  Thank nzwalkers2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked ourselves (17 of us in total) on Te Vaka We had the best time great atmospher, educational, delishh feast, fabulous live band/crew, swimming/snorkel spots in crystal clear waters "insert emoji love heart" would highly recommend you to add Te Vaka to your "MUST...More

1  Thank Vavia_Tupou2011
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the best time on the Te Vaka cruise with Ali and the team. From the moment they pick you up, Ali has you entertained, pointing out the local attractions and giving you information as you pick others up. The Vaka itself is a...More

1  Thank Amy H
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Vaka cruises in Aitatuki are really well organised and their attention to detail to ensure guests comfort is excellent. The host for the day was funny and a great local personality. He didn't talk too much but gave us concise and interesting information which made...More

2  Thank Rosemary m
Reviewed 12 January 2018

The highlight of our five day stay in Aitutaki was The Vaka Cruise we took on 29th November, 2017 with our two adult daughters. Such a memorable experience with our awesome tour guide Ali and the hospitable crew. Thank you Ali for being so passionate...More

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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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