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.
The Vaka Cruise is a ‘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 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 the Vaka Cruise including barbeque lunch.