Our guest's first reaction on sighting the turquoise waters of Aitutaki lagoon is usually a memorable one.
The Aitutaki Day Tour operates daily Mondays to Saturdays from Rarotonga, departing at 8 am and returning by 5.30 pm.
Coach transfer from all hotels and motels in Rarotonga to Rarotonga International Airport are included for an 8 am departure to Aitutaki. The flight takes forty minutes on our Saab 340 pressurised airliner.
On arrival at Aitutaki you will be taken on a one hour island tour of the main island of Aitutaki by 'le truck'. Then it's on to the highlight of the day – The Vaka Cruise aboard the 21 metre vaka (catamaran) Titi-ai-Tonga.
The vaka has comfortable covered seating as well as deck sun loungers. Access is easily negotiated for people with physical challenges including those in wheel chairs.
There is time for snorkelling and swimming before stopping for a tasty barbecue lunch, cooked right on board. Anyone who has not snorkelled before will find our tour guides happy to help you to experience the wonder of the lagoons underwater world. It's not that hard and after a short lesson most people will find snorkelling easy.
The cruise stops at several motu (small islets) including One Foot Island, before passing by Akaiami, once a stopover for huge TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) Shorts Solent flying boats en route from Fiji to Tahiti on the famous weekly Coral Route.
Snorkelling gear and towels are provided on the lagoon cruise. We recommend you bring a light change of clothing, sun protection and lots of extra film or memory cards for your camera.
If you already have flights to Aitutaki you can join the Vaka Cruise departing Ootu wharf for NZD 125 (children NZD 62.50, infants free) by calling 53294, emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.thevakacruise.com.
Please book the day before as the boat crew needs to prepare extra food and advise availability.