Turtle Sea Scooter Safari

Price:       July 2021  $155

                Family/Group Rate: 10% off. 4 x pax minimum, must pre-pay to secure the rate.   

Overview:

 

Experience swimming with two of the four Sea Turtles species native to the Cook Islands. We take you into their natural marine environment, close enough to touch but our sustainable tourism policies mean we only allow touching with your eyes. Their home is not just home to Sea Turtles, we may encounter 

Eagle Rays, Moray Eels, Trevally, and the hundreds of species of tropical fish. You'll learn about our coral reefs, the habitat and what we are doing to protect this resource for future generations. As the Eco-Adventure Tourism Award Winner in 2020, you can trust that our tours are eco-friendly and that your safety is our number one priority. Every client gets to use our unique eco-friendly sea scooters to pull you through the water and assist you during your tour. 

 

Conservation & Credibility 

 

  • We are the only tour operator who sponsor " Te Ara O Te Onu"  The Cook Islands Sea Turtle Conservation Society. Five percentage of your tour fee goes to the Society. Thank you!! 

  • Air New Zealand Eco-Tourism Awards Winners 2020.

  • Air New Zealand Outstanding Kia Orana Spirit Awards Winner 2020

 

Highlights

 

Your first encounter with a Sea Turtle in the wild is one of the most amazing experiences you can have. We say the experience is "Surprise, Amazement, Love" Surprise when you see your first turtle in their habitat. Amazement at how graceful and peaceful they are. Followed by falling in love with turtles which hopefully sets you on a path of education and conservation with us. We have had occasions where Sea Turtles swim with us for long periods, it can be a truly humbling experience. Another amazing experience is seeing upto thirty Eagle Rays swimming below us. They are perfectly safe and it is breath talking to watch these majestic creatures. Riding our eco-friendly sea scooters is also a lot of fun and they are also a safety tool unique to Ariki Adventures. 

 

What To Expect

 

Sample Itinerary

 

We normally meet at our cafe the Flying Turtle Cafe in Muri. grab a coffee or a smoothie, check out our merchandise including rash shirts tees and snorkeling gear. Read our marine life info-graphic poster-boards and learn about the environment. Once everyone has checked in we travel to our Turtle site. 

 

The 90 minute adventure starts with a quick safety brief, then we fit you with mask, snorkel and fins and  you'll complete your Sea Scooter Operators course. Then we launch into the water off the beach and inside the lagoon. As you drift out with the current our professional Guides are pointing out marine and environmental points of interest along the way. It's simply amazing.

 

Your first turtle encounter can be simply magical. Listen to our Guides as they teach you how to share their underwater world and minimize disruption to them and the environment. Keep a sharp lookout because you'll probably swim over more than you can see. 

 

You are welcome to take your own underwater cameras and we post a few images on our own social media sites for you to share with friends. If you enjoyed our Turtle Safari, check out our other sea scooter safaris including the Shipwreck and Lagoon Discovery Safaris. We also have the magical Night Paddle Tours with our paddleboards lit up with LED lights at night. 

 

After the Safari, come on back to the Flying Turtle Cafe where you'll enjoy a 10% discount off all food and beverages not already on special.  

 

·       Guides required to regularly wash hands

·       Gear/equipment sanitized between use

·       Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff

·       Practical social distancing enforced throughout experience

 

Important Information

 

Departure Point:   Flying Turtle Cafe, main road Muri, Rarotonga, Cook Islands unless otherwise stated. 

Duration:              Allow 2.5hours

Return Point:        Returns to the Flying Turtle Cafe

Inclusions:            

  • Individual Sea Scooter

  • Safety gear, including life jackets, rescue tubes rescue paddleboards.

  • The best Adventure Guides in the Cook Islands

  • Mask & snorkel.   Note: Due to COVID 19, we are recommending all guests bring their own mask and snorkel however we will provide if you don't have your own.  

  • Fins or flippers

  • Shorty wetsuits

 

Exclusions:

 

  • Travel to/from Departure Point

 

Additional Information

  • Guests must be able to swim comfortably in the sea

  • Guest must be comfortable in deep water. 

  • Not recommended for pregnant guests.

  • Minimum age is 7 years old but subject to Crew Chief approval. 

  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 

  • Availability: This tour is for small groups of no more than 10 people. We will do our best to book you on your preferred date and time but due to other bookings this may not be available. If your preferred time is not available we will contact you to offer an alternative date and time.  

  • People with medical conditions should declare them to us at the time of booking so we can consider their situation. It won't necessarily preclude them but we may have to insist on safety measures. 

  • Guests with disabilities. We have experience in taking out guests with disabilities. Please ask so we can consider the situation and if we can make it happen safely then we will. Please ask. 

 

Cancellation Policy

 

  • Cancel at least 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

  • Cancellations within 24hours are not subject to refund unless COVID 19 related or a serious medical condition. Being hungover is not considered a serious medical condition.