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Experience the Beauty Of Rarotonga With Koka Lagoon Cruises

Koka Lagoon Cruise Rarotonga

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.

offices at koka lagoon cruises rarotonga

 

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.

drumming koka lagoon cruises rarotonga

inland rarotonga under cloud

boat selfie on koka lagoon cruises rarotonga

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.

swimming with an eel at koka lagoon cruises

close up of fish on koka lagoon cruises rarotonga

selfie while snorkeling in rarotonga

Koromiri Island

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.

palm trees on the koka lagoon cruise rarotonga

departing the koka lagoon cruise boat rarotonga

portrait with collapsed tree rarotonga

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.

lunch on koka lagoon cruises

fruit platter on koka lagoon cruises rarotonga

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.

crab race with koka lagoon cruises rarotonga

entertainment on koka lagoon cruises

holding onto a crab on koka lagoon cruises rarotonga

Heading Back To 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.

Explore The Beaches In The Lagoon

beautiful lagoon in rarotonga


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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.

31 Comments

  • Reply
    Stefanie
    March 7, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Wow! I really wish I could go there, looks dreamy and stunning photo! You definitely captures the beauty of this place very well!

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    Francesca Murray
    March 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Ohh I’ve always wanted to do a glass bottom boat! This looks like a dream

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    nicky
    March 4, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Beautiful photos! What camera do you use and do you apply a filter? The colour on that water is incredible!! It’s posts like these that make me want to travel forever. Thank you for sharing

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    Harmony, Momma To Go
    March 4, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    so beautiful! I love the blue water. Beautiful pics! I love seeing an island via boat tour

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    Mona Corona
    March 4, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Oh man, another excellent post Tasha! You’ve made me add the Cook Islands to the top of my bucket list now, so thanks for that! 😛

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    Kelly
    March 4, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Incredible pics, especially the snorkeling! Love that they teach you so much about coconut culture as well. Mmmmm…coconuts!!

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    Janine
    March 4, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    This looks like such a dream! The scenery is incredible. I’d definitely love to eat the yellowfin tuna steaks… even though eating fish after snorkelling always feels slightly misaligned… ah well! Thanks for sharing! 😀

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    Hilary
    March 4, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Wow, I’d never even heard of Rarotonga, but the water and beaches look goooorgeous! And that fruit! Yummy! Now I have to look up where in the world this is at, lol!

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    Anisa
    March 4, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Wow, it doesn’t get much better than that! The water looks amazing and you saw so many neat fish. I would love to do this cruise!

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    Ana Ro
    March 4, 2018 at 9:07 am

    This sounds like a perfect day! And looking at pictures like this makes me warmer sitting here in Vilnius – we have so much snow and frosty winter still.

  • Reply
    Brigitte Minks
    March 4, 2018 at 8:47 am

    This looks amazing! Sounds like an amazing day. And the photos are truly beautiful!

  • Reply
    Louise
    March 4, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Omg Muri Beach looks stunning!! Would love to visit Rarotonga one day 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Shannon
    March 4, 2018 at 7:00 am

    This sounds like the absolute perfect day in paradise! Your pictures are really giving me such wanderlust. Great post!

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    Loretta Widen | Whole Widen World
    March 4, 2018 at 4:48 am

    This looks amazing and serene. Your photos are beautiful! Great job!

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    Richa
    March 4, 2018 at 3:49 am

    These photos look like a dream. So beautiful! It always so much fun when a beach vacation is combined with food, and entertainment. I am definitely making a note of this place for travel ideas in the future. 🙂

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    Kylie Neuhaus
    March 4, 2018 at 2:27 am

    I’d love to enjoy this part of the world! It looks amazing! I had a just of it in Hawaii and now I’m hooked!

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    Julianne
    March 4, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Koka Lagoon Cruises looks like my kind of cruise! The snorkeling looks amazing here — never considered Rarotonga as a destination before, so thanks for opening my eyes 🙂

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    unaveronicavagante
    March 4, 2018 at 12:49 am

    Wow! I really need to go…
    I loved all the photos, but the one with the little sea animal on the hand is simply amazing!

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    Kyla
    March 4, 2018 at 12:33 am

    The Cook Islands look so beautiful! What a perfect way to explore them.m, above and below water!!

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    Laureen
    March 4, 2018 at 12:15 am

    This looks amazing. Cook Islands are on my list.

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    The Curious Sparrow
    March 3, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Sounds great 🙂 Beautiful photos too

  • Reply
    Anjali
    March 3, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Lovely post! Pics are the real eye candy 😍 Would love to experience the cruise. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    Lisa - The Wandering Lens
    March 3, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    How beautiful are the Cook Islands! I’ve been a few times now and think it’s just the definition of paradise 🙂

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    Jen
    March 3, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    These photos look gorgeous! I am off to New Zealand in a couple of weeks and was hoping to visit the Cook Islands too but alas time and money said no. Next time for sure!

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    Sarah
    March 3, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    This looks like a lovely way to spend the day, the water looked magnificent.

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    Nicky
    March 3, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    That looks absolutely amazing; I’d love to visit the Cook Islands! The underwater photography is great, too!

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    Shweta
    March 3, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    What an awesome day trip! Just loved the corals and fish at the Marine Reserve. Would love to snorkel there.

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    Mayuri
    March 3, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Wow what a wonderful post! The pictures are so gorgeous. Looks like a lovely vacation!

    Happy Travels!
    M

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    Sarah Shumate
    March 3, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    You are killing me with these gorgeous destinations lately! I can’t get over how gorgeous the water is in the Cook Islands! Beautiful shots as always!

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    Kathleen
    March 3, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Ah, so gorgeous! This sounds like such a wonderful day. The water is beautiful and I could eat my weight in that watermelon.

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    Lisa
    March 3, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    This looks like a great day trip. Cook Islands are high on my bucket list.

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