Company manager Serena Hunter said the stage is one of the adjustments they have done to improve their service to the customers who are mostly tourists.
Hunter said they have space in their other two boats for their crew members to entertain the customers but an entire stage is something new.
The new boat, Te Tiare Vaitea, which was blessed last week, also has more legroom.
Hunter said the beautifully constructed boat was moved out of the Raroweld workshop after five months of construction and put on the water.
Staff and crew from both Koka Lagoon Cruises and Raroweld, together with family and friends, attended the blessing ceremony with Pastor Eliu doing the honours.
“It’s special having Pastor Eliu bless the new boat as he blessed the Reva Moana when we first started business, and also the second boat and our new office building, so he has seen our journey and blessed us along the way,” Hunter said.
“The boat is intended to replace the original boat built for Koka, the Reva Moana, which will be dry docked, so the tour company will run one or both of its larger boats Tai Moana and Te Tiare Vaitea on its daily tour.”
Hunter said the crew was very proud of the new boat, adding “the boys are fighting over who will get to be on the new boat”.
Koka Lagoon Cruises’ has grown from strength to strength since it commenced business nine years ago, maintaining its ranking on Tripadvisor as number one tour with consistent excellent reviews.
The company also won the 2018 Cook Islands Tourism Award for Visitor Experience and Customer Care. It received certificate for excellent customer service for the 2019 A1 Meitaki Awards after receiving the most nominations of any company.
The popularity of Koka Lagoon Cruises’ is also evident by its large Facebook following of almost 25,000 followers.
“As I’ve said many a time, the success of the company is due to our awesome crew, who provide outstanding service to our customers, and we are proud to continue that service,” said Hunter.
The popular tour runs daily except for Sundays from 10am to 2pm, and the company contributes a percentage of all sales to a lagoon conservation trust fund.