Kia Orana
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We invite you to book a Kia Orana morning or afternoon speedboat cruise (for up to 10 people) when you come to Aitutaki. Whether you are an individual or a couple, a wedding party, or a group of friends, cruising around the Lagoon and visiting One Foot Island, and Honeymoon Island is one of the most memorable things to do in the whole of the Pacific. We cruise to what we call "the seven wonders of paradise", and every island has something special to see and experience.
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

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2023

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Katelyn D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
An amazing day out exploring the Aitutaki Lagoon! The Kia Orana cruise was very responsive via email and we were able to secure our spot with them easily. We departed the main island before other cruises which meant that we could explore One Foot Island and other beautiful destinations before the bigger boat cruises arrived. The included lunch was delicious. We loved our experience and would recommend for any future travellers wanting a more affordable, but just as amazing tour of Aitutaki lagoon and it's surrounding islands.
Written 16 April 2024
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Ethan F
Tauranga, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Easy 5 star rating, the islands were beautiful, heaps of cool wildlife and things to see, food was delicious, highly reccomend.
Written 30 March 2024
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Connector45568904538
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Choosing this tour was the best decision we made! Captain Fantastic took us out to many of the islands, stopping for walks, planting of trees and also for an amazing feed!

His tour is much smaller in size, about 10 people, which we loved! At every stop we arrived well before the other big tourist boats, meaning we got to enjoy the surroundings without the crowds of tourists on the beaches. Captain Fantastic too us to the most incredible spot for snorkelling with massive fish, giant clams and more.

He did a great job of safely navigating us through the lagoon, setting up our lunch and providing us with loads of information about the island.

Honesty can’t recommend this tour enough! ‘Meitaki Ma’ata Captain Fantastic!
Written 14 February 2024
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Stefan M
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was a trip of a lifetime. The tour itself was great value for money, but also well planned and executed. Considering Captain had to take the group out himself after last minute crew changes, he was so well prepared, organised and professional throughout the day. The group size was perfect, the boat was in good condition, and he safely navigated the lagoon. The BBQ lunch was incredible and chilled water was supplied. We didn't feel rushed at all. Every stop over or snorkel activities were well timed. Captain explained a lot about the history of each stopover and even gave us the opportunity to plant our very own coconut tree, giving a sand bank an opportunity to flourish in the future. What a great investment in regenerative tourism. Can't wait to revisit the coconut tree we planted. Photos just don't do it justice. You need to experience this tour yourself. You're in good hands with Captain Fantastic. Meitaki maata.
Written 23 January 2024
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HappyRetired1
Coupeville, WA163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We spent two weeks in the Cook Islands. Our tour with Captain Kishon from Kia Orana Tours was a highlight. We prefer a smaller tour group and were absolutely delighted with this company. The maximum is 10-people.

Captain Kishon is a competent, quiet, humble man. He navigated the boat through shallow water with coral reefs without GPS or a depth sounder! His knowledge of the waterways was impressive. He is an excellent seaman. When he shared stories of his ancestry and culture, his pride was evident.

The smaller boat enabled us to go to two destinations that a larger boat would not be able to go. Seeing the huge clam shells underwater was amazing. We loved planting palm trees to help the environment. A nice aspect of the day. We preferred Honeymoon Island to One Foot although, we did get our stamp!

Captain Kishon prepared a lunch that was plentiful with a lovely assortment for every taste. Kia Orana Tour should be your first and only choice to tour the Lagoon.
Written 4 December 2023
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GRZ
Chicago, IL10,092 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Reading all these positive reviews made we wonder if this is as great as advertised but I can confirm, it definitely is! If you are looking for a small group (max 10 people) experience of exploring Aitutaki Lagoon on a smaller, faster and thus allowing access to more spots, boat then look no further and book with KIa Orana their Seven Wonders of Paradise - I also encourage you to browse their website as it perfectly tells you stop by stop exactly what you will be doing - so here I will leave some extra details;

0. We got picked up by Shawn in his pick up - driving in the back of the pick up was a cool "open air" experience already :)

1. Moturaku Island was first, aka Timber Island I believe, this is also where they taped the Survivor Show back then - small walk on the island and some local birds

2.Sandbank = Sandbar in front of One Foot Island - you then walk for a moment on One Foot Island, the sandbar is huge but the one towards the end by the Honey Money beach is even better, I think

3. Snorkeling behind One Foot island is your 3rd stop - pretty shallow waters but can get deeper if you want to - here is where the giant clams can be seen (this is 1 of the 2 snorkeling stops, I was told the 2nd one will have some giant clams too but didnt see any there)

4. Honeymoon island is next - this is where the other huge sand bar is, plenty of stunning shoreline - even public restrooms on this island as this is where the kite surfing company is having their "outside office" (there is also a restroom at the final island where lunch is served and it's much cleaner, newer) - you get to walk around the area and enjoy the views

5. Super short boat ride across the water and you are at the "newly formed" sandbar where you get to plant a coconut = my absolute favorite part of the trip - we called our WILSON hahah

6. Maina Island = Lunch - you walk from the "coconut island" to the Maina Island via sandbars and super shallow waters, another cool part of the trip - here there is a brand new facility being built by the owners (including a very clean toilet) - food was tasty but I was surprised no fish was served, nor any other seafood - didnt come here for the food so that was perfectly fine as what we ate did the trick :)

7. Final stop is the 2nd snorkeling opportunity - I must admit at first I was like "after the lunch I am ready to call it a day, let's just go back" but then I have jumped into the water and found paradise - here despite being much deeper than at the first snorkeling stop behind the One Foot Island the current was much easier and the pure relaxation of snorkeling drove me :) I was the last person to leave the water and there were so many fish, big, small, colorful - loved it! After Bora Bora 5 years ago my 2nd fav snorkeling experience! Here is also where you can swim by the shipwreck Alexandria on the bottom of the lagoon - this is closer to the edge of the lagoon but still inside the Aitutaki Lagoon

Water is provided, just bring your own bottles - you pay cash on the spot with NZD (get that in the city or bring some NZD from Rarotonga). Shawn and his son CK were super nice and helpful, friendly, professional and respectful of both the people on board and the surrounding nature/island they call home - super recommended, it's one of those things you think people overhype but it was truly the real deal - we were sooooo happy we went with this small tour ultimately, I couldn't emphasize how much as each day at our hotel we would see all the big names parking their huge boats in the area where we stayed and we saw the crowds boarding the boats... and here it was literally 9 of us + the captain and his son - loved it!

Written 26 November 2023
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JaneneKerry
Negombo, Sri Lanka75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
An amazing trip which covered all the highlights the lagoon has to offer. Shaun really looked after us for a fantastic afternoon. Highly recommend his personalised tours.
Written 6 November 2023
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Te Aaio
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Captain Shaun was an awesome host and we visited several motu with interesting history/information about each one. Kai was a BBQ lunch with local and seasonal food. It was filling and plenty to go around. Two snorkeling spots, saw GT’s , giant clams etc. really good value and really enjoyed having a smaller group and taking our time at each motu.
Written 6 November 2023
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Philip S
Barcelona, Spain3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Great tour with Shawn and Captain Cook and delicious food. We even got a live concert. Thank you so much for the great day.
Written 11 October 2023
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ali
Hvar Island, Croatia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Sean (captain fantastic junior) was our skipper and had plenty of knowledge and told us heaps of stories on our trip around the 7 motus.

Each island is beyond words beautiful- literally looked like something out of a computer screensaver it was so perfect!

There were two different snorkelling spots where you could swim with beautiful coral reefs with giant trevalley and even a napoleon rass

Lunch, which is included, was a delicious island style bbq with plenty to eat even for the fussiest eaters

I seriously cannot recommend Kia Orana enough, smaller group sizes meant we could stop way more and see more of this beautiful part of the world- if you are in Aitutaki then this trip is a MUST DO
Written 2 October 2023
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