the Cook Islands
Lagoon Cruises, Aitutaki
out Aitutaki's Vaka Lagoon Cruise Pictures
say that the lagoon at Aitutaki is one of the six most beautiful
places in the world and, having spent a day on its waters, I
would not dispute that claim.
I'm sure Heaven would look like Aitutaki.
skies, crystal clear turquoise waters, sunshine and tranquility.
more could you ask for?
get to Aitutaki is a 50-minute flight north of Rarotonga via
Air Rarotonga. You barely have time to finish your served coffee
than you are there, excited to the maximum.
we flew in it was a grey morning and a bit of rain around. At
the airport one of the guides said not to worry as he could
smell the sunshine on the way - and he proved right.
did a quick tour by road through the port and the main town
of Arutanga, then on to a high ridge overlooking the lagoon
and via backroads to where the Vaka Lagoon Cruise vessel Titi
ai Tonga was dragged up on the white-sand beach.
the way I got the chance to spot a land crab and he was a big
beastie too, big enough to be seen heading for a hole from a
moving vehicle 40m away.
Titi ai Tonga is a 21-metre catamaran that has plenty of space
on board for about 40 people and is your floating base for the
conch shells sounds that the vessel is about to leave and all
of a sudden you are sedately motoring on to waters that are
go, it is like being in paradise. For photographers it is a
dream come true and you only wish you could spend a week there.
Well, you could, but we only had a day so it was eyes glued
to the viewfinder time.
the morning wore on and the slight cloud burnt off then the
day became even more perfect.
stopped at a small white-sand beach for a bit and then motored
off to find the snorkelling spot.
anchored and got our snorkelling gear, which is provided by
the tour, and over the side we went. Actually, it was more like
off the ladder at the back of the vaka but who cares?
water was warm, transparent and the small fish welcomed us into
their territory by swimming around us.
far away was a large coral outcrop and so we finned our way
over there, passing over a giant clam as we went.
seen them in 60s and 70s TV series, but never up close and I
have to say giant clams are amazing.
were the little fish zipping in and out around the coral. Yellow,
blue, striped ... just fabulous.
our swim were clambered back on board for a terrific BBQ lunch
cooked by the crew.
we weighed anchor again and went to One-Foot Island, where we
walked around the place - named after a father's ploy to try
to save his son from enemy warriors - swam a bit, and then it
was all aboard for the trip home.
five hours on board the Titi ai Tonga were way too short, but
the trip will live in my mind forever.
you go to Rarotonga hang the expense and make the trip to Aitutaki.
You won't regret it.
TikiTouring wishes to thank Air Rarotonga for their assistance
in helping us fly
to Aitutaki. We had great flights and the service was very good.
Thanks also to Cook Islands Tourism Board for organising the
Vaka Lagoon Cruise for us.