The Vaka Cruise - Titi ai Tonga


Vaka style Lagoon Cruise

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 revelling 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 style lagoon cruise. Measuring in at 21 metres, Titi ai Tonga (meaning "wind from the south") is a contemporary vaka, styled in a similar fashion to ancient Polynesian voyaging vaka's with the addition of some modern comforts and safety features.

The Vaka Cruise

The Vaka Cruise

  • Fast Facts
  • Available: Monday to Saturday
  • Price from: NZ$125.00
  • Type: Day tour/trip/activity/attraction
  • Tour Leader: Tour Guide
  • Duration: 10am - 4pm
  • Transfer: Free transfers to and from your accommodation
  • Included: BBQ lunch, snorkelling gear, towels, water, tea and coffee
  • Extras: Complimentary tea, coffee and water, bar service available, on board toilets and showers, kids corner, sun lounges
  • Essential information: Post Office available on One Foot Island

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.

They are always happy to provide snorkelling lessons for first timers.

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