This is the cruise you can’t miss….
Six hours on Aitutaki’s beautiful lagoon. Island hopping, snorkelling and a delicious barbequed lunch served on board accompanied by a licensed bar service.
Pickup and drop off to your accommodation on Aitutaki, snorkelling Equipment, towels and tea/coffee/water are complimentary and bathroom facilities are available on board.
The Vaka Cruise cruise departs Monday to Saturday at 10 am from O’otu and returns at 4 pm.
The Vaka Cruise offers you an unforgettable day spent cruising the famed lagoon of Aitutaki aboard the 21 meter polynesian style double hulled canoe Titi-Ai-Tonga and visit some of the small islands (motus) that dot this lagoon.
If gazing at the blue yonder is not enough there is also a sumptuous Barbeque Lunch, snorkeling, beach combing and a longer stop on legendary One Foot Island to dive into the crystal clear warm water or suntan on the beach.
The island of Aitutaki was settled by the legendary Polynesian explorer Ru and his entourage from Raiatea in French Polynesia.
They arrived in the dark in their large ocean going twin hulled vaka at O’otu, the channel at the south end of Aitutaki Airport. Legend has it that next day they embarked on Aitutaki’s vast turquoise lagoon reveling in its clear calm waters, feasting on seafood, refreshing themselves with the abundant sweet coconuts available on the motu (small islets) that encircle the lagoon.
Today, visitors to Aitutaki can experience the beauty and the bounty of the lagoon and surrounding waters on our Vaka Cruise – Titi ai Tonga.
The 21 metre Titi ai Tonga (meaning “wind from the south”) is a contemporary Vaka styled on the vessels of ancient Polynesian voyagers, but with some modern comforts.
There’s snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing to do before tucking into to an island BBQ lunch of fresh caught ocean fish served on board of the Vaka Cruise 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 the Vaka Cruise crew will have you tying pareu, weaving coconut leaf plates or humming island tunes.
* If you are spending your Holidays on Rarotonga only please check out Air Rarotonga’s Aitutaki Day Tour operated by Air Rarotonga. Included in the package price are pickup and drop off from and to your accommodation on Rarotonga, return Airfares (infants FREE), Aitutaki Island tour on ‘Le Truck’ and bespoke Vaka Cruise including barbeque lunch.