Cruise provides extra-special experience

Monday July 11, 2016 Written by Published in Hot on the Rock
A stunning shot of a humpback whale breaching in Rarotonga. 16070828 A stunning shot of a humpback whale breaching in Rarotonga. 16070828

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Well this week, we take you for a day cruise on board Blue Water Tour’s 50-foot catamaran and catch up with Dianne Ioapa for some of the awesome activities offered on the company’s tour.

If you’re looking for a memorable experience exploring the outer reefs of Rarotonga, or want to see the spectacular views of the island from the ocean, Blue Water Tours should be the next thing to tick on your bucket list.

Blue Water Tours specialise in private charters for large groups who want to celebrate their special days such as birthdays, weddings or even stag and hen parties.

Dianne Ioapa of Blue Water Tours said they have been getting many bookings lately as their cruise tour becomes better known.

“We have been having large groups coming to Rarotonga recently for weddings, birthdays and other occasions and we are more than happy to host them,” said Ioapa.

“We also specialise in fishing charters for up to 35 people. We have a big boat, it’s stable and passengers won’t feel sea sick at all.”

At this time of the year whale-watching gives the cruises extra interest with the massive sea mammals passing Rarotonga. It’s an experience that passengers particularly enjoy, says Ioapa.

With the whale season in full swing, it’s a great time for people to enjoy a cruise and watch these giants of the sea as they pass close to Rarotonga’s shores.

“They have been showing up on a more regular basis now and seeing them is a real must,” says Ioapa.

“We have two tours a day, one leaves at 12pm and the second one at 3pm and each cruise takes three hours.”

Whale-watching is not the only fun experience you will get while on a Blue Water Tours cruise, as you can even enjoy snorkelling or swimming close to the reef

“We go out every day provided the weather is suitable,” says Ioapa. 

“We have a full galley on board and we provide lunch and dinner with bottled water and few other things.

“We also cater for local groups with special local rates for those who wish to enjoy the Blue Water Tours experience.

The cost is $95 for adults and $50 for children, but the company also provides a cheaper option for its guests provided they bring their own food.

“We have two and sometimes three crew on board depending on the number of passengers we get each day and we operate all year round,” says Ioapa.

“Until we began operating a year ago,k there was nothing like our tour here. However, we saw a gap in the market for a bigger vessel that could provide pleasure cruising and provide an option other than fishing, which many people don’t really like to do.

Blue Water Tours is based at the Western Marina next to the Avatiu Wharf. You’re welcome to call in and meet the crew and staff of Blue Water Tours or phone them to take part in a highly enjoyable experience.

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