MOTUS WE VISIT
The Vaka cruise calls into several Motu, small islands dotting the reef surrounding Aitutaki’s turquoise lagoon.
We usually visit the following Motu:
Tapuaetai (One Foot Island)
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The long sickle shaped beach of Motu Akaiami invites for a refreshing swim and this is usually our first port of call where you can disembark.
A small coral jetty is a reminder of Aitutaki once being a stopover on the famed Coral Route where giant Solent Flying Boats would land in Aitutaki’s Lagoon, their often celebrity passengers stopping on Akaiami for refreshments and Aitutakian hospitality whilst their Flying Boat was refueled at anchor in the Lagoon.
Keep your ears open for the sound of conch shell which signals our Vaka’s departure towards the next Motu.
Moturakau is one of two islands of volcanic origin that sit inside Aitutaki’s Lagoon with Motu Rapota the other one sitting right across for it. Aitutakian’s and Rarotongans have their own legends how these islands came to be so different from the others and our Tourguides will be happy to relate these legends.
The volcanic soil nurtures a vegetation of Tamanu (Mahagony) and other trees that also make this island an important nesting site for several bird species.
Black Rocks contrast richly with the white sand and the vistas from all shores are exceptional.
(ONE FOOT ISLAND)
If you ever dreamt of a paradise desert island in the South Pacific – this is most likely the closest you can get to it.
Coconut palms swaying over a white sandy beach fringing a channel between two islands, crystal clear water you can dive into from the beach and a large sand bar you can walk to.
Our Vaka anchors here for longer so you can beach comb, swim and snorkel to your heart’s content.
Keep your ears open for the sound of conch shell which signals our Vaka’s departure back to the Airport at around 3:00 pm