the Cook Islands
Tama's Lagoon Cruises
out Cruise Pictures
of the must-do adventures on Rarotonga is to take a Captain
Tama's Lagoon Cruise.
Tama's vessels are thatch-roofed, glass-bottom boats that sport
not only the Cook Islands flag, but also pirate skull and crossbones.
is an ideal way to explore part of the island's lagoon, you
get to snorkel, have a really good lunch and then get an entertaining
show from the crew.
head off from Muri Beach marvelling at how clear the waters
are - and we went on a day that was quite windy and after a
storm so things weren't as pristine as normal.
lagoon is just lovely, its light-blue waters contrast amazingly
with the dark blue sky and greenery of the coconut palm dotted
our left is the protective coral reef that keeps the giant Pacific
Ocean rollers at bay and the white foam of their power is impressive
is also slightly surreal as you sit in relatively calm waters
and watch huge waves crashing in not that far from you.
takes about 30 minutes to get to the snorkelling spot, which
has some coral reefs and plenty of fish. There is also a big
moray eel was once grumpy but has now become accustomed to being
the day we went it was cool and pretty choppy, due to a recent
storm, and the snorkelling wasn't that great for me as I didn't
have flippers. Later in the day the afternoon cruise would have
had perfect warm, calm weather and so snorkelling would have
as all travellers know, you can't blame the tour for the weather
and it was just a bit of bad luck.
our snorkel we journeyed back to the small island just off Muri
beach where we had a really nice lunch cooked by Captain Tama
fish was waahoo and it was nicely done. There were plenty of
food and then it was show time.
Trouble, as he is known, is a tall Cook Islander with a really
good sense of comic timing.
T leads the show, which includes demonstrations of coconut husking
and cutting, climbing palms to cut down the coconuts and demonstrations
of various ways to use the sarong - a rectangular piece of cloth.
the highlight was the sarong demos which were not only practical
and interesting, but very funny as well. I had no idea a gal
could make an evening gown out of a sarong - nor, for that matter,
a two-piece bikini out of one sarong.
in all, the Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruise was a really good way
to spend a day.