The Ultimate Beach Day With Koka Lagoon Cruises….
One of the must do activities when in Rarotonga is a boat trip of the lagoon where you can explore the reef, learn about the culture and experience the best of Cook Island hospitality. Koka Lagoon Cruises is a company which provides this and so much more.
Located in Muri Beach, Koka Lagoon Cruises is extremely easy to get to and the friendly staff will make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Also, not to worry if you don’t have snorkels and flippers, you will be given some when you check in at their office.
Exploring The Lagoon
Just down on the beach we jump aboard the boat, grab a seat and settle in. Netting above us keep valuables safe and dry, especially helpful when you are snorkeling.
Heading out on the boat to the idyllic sounds of the crew singing and playing instruments we bob along through the waves, following the exterior of the island. With typical Cook Islander personalities we are treated to good laughs and plenty of smiles as the crew introduce themselves.
The boat is perfect with a roof providing shelter from the sun or rain. Also, with a glass bottom it allows you to see all the sea life beneath. With seating is around the glass area so no matter where in the boat you are you will always have a good view of the fish playing underneath.
Snorkeling At The Marine Reserve
A short twenty minutes and a few songs later we arrive at the snorkeling spot in an amazing marine reserve. We gear up and plunge into the deep waters. Though, there are plenty of life jackets and noodles on board for those who have trouble swimming or aren’t comfortable with deep waters.
A couple meters from the boat is a table where new coral is growing, this has a bar above the perimeter allowing people to stand on and catch their breath.
From friendly fish, giant calms and even a moray eel, we are shown the highlights of the marine reserve. The coral life here seems to be flourishing and the crew are aware to tell those less experienced not to stand on the coral and to be extremely careful if you are swimming close.
After snorkeling we jump back into the boat and head over to Koromiri Island where Koka Lagoon Cruises has a full entertainment area set up alongside picnic tables, bathrooms and kitchen facilities. This picturesque island is lined with gorgeous palm trees and clean white sand.
While the crew prepare lunch we get on about exploring the small island and head over to the other side which is directly exposed to the sea. Here the beach is rough, rocks line the shore and waves crash sporadically. It is much different compared to the calm lagoon and perfect sandy beach on the other side, though equally as gorgeous.
Lunch With Koka Lagoon Cruises
Inside the island, past the swaying palm trees is a dining area filled with picnic tables and the perfect amount of shelter . With a fully equipped kitchen, it makes for the ideal spot to stop for lunch. We are offered fresh filtered water which is perfect, especially after swimming in the ocean
A delicious buffet spread is put on by the wonderful crew with a mixture of both local and western favorites. With plenty of fresh fruits and salads us vegetarians are kept happy. A special papaya salad is on offer, as well as the kiwi favorite sausages. Though, from what I hear, the yellow fin tuna steaks are truly the star of the show.
Entertainment By The Crew
After lunch we are treated to an awesome show put on by the crew. From learning about coconuts, to local clothing and the types of foods. Each presentation is extremely interactive and new volunteers and constantly being brought up to participate.
Coconuts are so important to Rarotonga and this is emphasized in throughout all tours in Rarotonga. Though, I will say I did feel that the crew did the best presentation. With coconut tree climbing, husking coconuts and learning how to open one, we are all one step closer to becoming pros at the end. Of course there is plenty of free coconut to go around as a result.
Heading Back To The Muri Beach
While the crew clean up and prepare to depart we head back down to the beach. Enjoying one last frolic in the warm ocean waves we chill out and relax, taking in the amazing sites. Even better, the sun has now come out turning the water the most magnificent shade of blue.
The palm trees sway in the background and the rugged interior of Rarotonga is in front of me. It is obvious that the best way to experience the seaside life is with Koka Lagoon Cruises.
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Backpackers Wanderlust was a guest on the cruise by Koka Lagoon Cruises while in The Cook Islands, however, as always, all opinions are my own.