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The Vaka Cruise

Cook Islands
+682 53 294
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Fantastic Day Out

The Crew were awesome. Paul our host and Ali the Boat Captain were very entertaining. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jeanette S
A wonderful experience

Flew from Rarotonga for a day trip to Aitutaki and enjoyed the Vaka cruise around the area. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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. 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

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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 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 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did this cruise as part of a day trip from Rarotonga with Rarotonga Air. It was the highlight of what was a wonderful holiday and worth every cent. Aitutaki was spectacular. The lagoon cruise was amazing. Cristal clear waters with an abundance of sea...More

Thank Aaron H
Taa M, General Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia orana Aaron, Meitaki atupaka for the lovely comment. Thank you for making time to do our tour. I do believe that you had an amazing experience on our beautiful lagoon. We hope that you will treasure the good memories of our little paradise. Have...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The vaka cruise is absolutely a MUST when in Aitutaki. The staff are amazing, knowledgeable and friendly. The lunch is an amazing array of local fruits and vegetables and fish is fresh 👌🏻👌🏻 All this as well as cruising on crystal clear waters with live...More

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Taa M, General Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia orana Debz, Meitaki atupaka for your lovely comment. The vaka cruise is surely a MUST TO DO in Aitutaki.. Thank you for choosing us as your host and I hope that our friendly crew have done a great job making sure that all our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ali was our tour guide, and was exceptional. He took interest in all of the guests, and was clearly very passionate about his job, and proud to share his culture with us - sharing history, traditions, and facts. The crew's singing and music provided great...More

Thank nztr
Taa M, General Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Warm Kia orana from paradise Aitutaki, I'm glad that you have enjoyed our tour on our beautiful lagoon. We look forward to welcome you on our vaka in the future. Have a lovely week. Kia Manuia,

Reviewed 17 October 2017

I found that shaneneg's review took the words right out of my mouth. All I can add is that the Vaka Cruise people have fine-tuned this tour to perfection. All of the issues mentioned in the handful of negative reviews from some time ago seem...More

Thank riverstyx816
Taa M, General Manager at The Vaka Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Kia orana, Meitaki atupaka for your lovely comment. I do appreciate that very much indeed. I hope your experience of our tour on our beautiful blue lagoon is one of the highlights of your visit to the Cook Islands. We are always happy to welcome...More

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Haifa A
11 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
7 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
7 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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