ARIIMOANA WALKABOUTS—REEF EXPLORER TOUR
Well-known by the locals as a talented guitarist and singer/songwriter, Kura Happ—owner and tour guide of Ariimoana Walkabouts, is also an eco-warrior with a very deep passion for caring for nature and the environment. Kura has spent over 10 years learning about this fragile ecosystem and the importance of protecting it for the future, she has also worked closely with local authorities on several marine protection projects. When not entertaining on land, this selfconfessed mermaid can be found in her element, exploring and learning more about the ocean.
The Reef Explorer Tour is an eco-friendly low-tide reef walk. Along with her trusty canine companion Mahi, Kura will take you on an adventure to encounter the extraordinary marine creatures of the tai roto (lagoon) and akau (reef), which can be as hands on (or not) as you wish it to be.
As you walk very carefully along the reef, being sure not to disturb the coral, Kura will introduce you to her marine friends. As she gently picks them up for you to admire, she’ll share her knowledge on these creatures before returning them safely to their homes. The tour is a unique, eye-opening experience that will leave you in wonderment of mother nature and eco-warriors like Kura who strive to protect her.
Following your reef walk, you will be provided with light refreshments on the beach or at Kuras beachside home where you may also read through her collection of publications on local flora and fauna.
The reef walks are tide dependant meaning the operating times differ from month to month.
Kura also operates a guided ‘Inland Discoveries Walk’ which takes you through the lush interior of Rarotonga—through local plantations, gardens, creeks and streams to mountain ridges with breath-taking birds eye view of the island. Another fascinating learning experience for eco-lovers.
Authentic and environmentally friendly
The tour is an intimate experience that will bring you closer in appreciation for nature and the marine environment as learn about its importance to our people and island paradise. You will encounter sea creatures such as sea cucumbers, crabs, starfish, snails, moray eels, sea urchins, octopus, and also learn about one of the most important living creatures in our waters, the coral and reef. Your walk takes you to the edge of Avaavaroa passage where, if you’re lucky, you may spot green turtles and eagle rays.
|DAYS OF OPERATION
MONDAY - SUNDAY
START TIME IS CONFIRMED
ON ISLAND APPROX. 3 HOURS
TOUR GUIDE, WALKING STICKS,
FRESH NU, LIGHT REFRESHMENTS
|WHAT TO BRING
MIN. 2 PAX REQUIRED TO
OPERATE, MAX 6 PAX PER
CHILDREN 7 YEARS AND
CAMERA, SUNSCREEN, SUN HAT,
REEF SHOES, BOTTLE DRINKING
WATER, TOWEL AND CHANGE OF
|ACCESS FOR DISABLED
AVAILABLE AT KURAS
TRANSLATOR GUIDES AVAILABLE
ATAN EXTRA COST:
ITALIAN, JAPANESE, MANDARIN