HERALD WEEKLY ISSUE 570:29 June 2011

Captain Tama’s wins Tripadvisor “Certificate of Excellence -May 2011”

Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruizes was rapt to receive a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence May 2011 last month.
The Herald spoke to Captain Tama on Tuesday morning about the Award and Tama credits his staff to the winning of the award. Tama has nine staff working for him, either in the office, on the boat or on Koromiri motu preparing the lunch bbq.
A day with Tama and the boys is a day full of fun, with never a dull moment and caters for all ages. The crew is very funny and entertaining and engages with the holiday makers from the moment they arrive with singing and drumming right through to the moment they are dropped off over four hours later at Muri Beach.
If you are on Captain Tama’s cruise, you can expect to be taken out in all weather - although it may be choppy and windy on the lagoon, the Motu offers shelter for lunch and swimming. The cruise starts off on glass bottomed boats over to Tikioki, where you can snorkel and view a mock pearl farm, enjoy seeing large trevelli, snapper, eagle rays and occasionally turtles. If you’re lucky, you might get to meet what Tama calls his “mates”, Charlie and Charlotte the moray eels.
Charlie is a ‘short’ 2m long and Tama’s boys feed the eels, tickle them and bring them out so they can be fully viewed. Charlie has been around for about five and a half years and was only 1m long when he was first seen and is clearly distinguishable by the battle scar on his head.
After snorkeling, you are taken over to Koromiri Motu for a Raro style fresh fish bbq. Whilst eating your lunch, you are entertained by the sounds of N.S.A (No Strings Attached) local string band, and treated to an epic coconut show.
Ava Rauana has just joined the fleet in April, and since then, everything has picked up says Tama. The cruises are sold out with an average 70 people per day booking to go on the cruises. Of late, Tama estimates that at least 200 kids have been on the cruise in the last two weeks alone, so Tama has been handing out lollipops as a treat!
Captain Tama’s are big supporters in the community and sponsor environmental projects and are especially involved in sports such as soccer, rugby and rugby league.

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