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game fishing

Here are the main points about our trips, click the links for more info

When do trips leave and how long are they?
4-5 Hours, trips depart mornings and afternoons most days, weather permitting

What gear do we use?
The Akura Boys choose to fish with Shimano & Penn rod and reels. We use a range of different lures like Blackbart and also Maroro (flying fish) 

What can we catch?
We regularly catch Tuna, Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and a few other species occasionally like Sailfish, Giant Trevally and Barracuda. Some fish are seasonal, click here for more info

What you can see?
See breathtaking views or our Island, Rarotonga from over the reef. Watch as flying fishing fly out from the bow and seasonally we see Humpback Whales and very rarely Sharks, Whale Sharks, Turtles  and Dolphins

Can we keep fish?
The crew will fillet up some of the catch for you to take home with you

Experienced crew
The Akura Crew are the best in the business. All are dedicated knowledgeable local fisherman. Find out more about them here

What's on-board the boat?
We have several boats for different sized groups and conditions. Safety is always our main priority. Check our our fleet here

 

Akura is dedicated to providing our guests with an awesome experience fishing in the waters off Rarotonga. We pride ourselves on safety first, kitting our boats with all the proper safety gear and having our staff fully trained in first aid. Akura has one of the best catch rates on the island and the boys know their stuff, using a variety of lures and baits that have been proven time and time again in our waters, the crew go above and beyond doing whatever it takes to get that fish on the line for you. We have in season Tuna, Marlin, Mahi Mahi and Wahoo at different times of the year... and sometimes all at the same time! . Lunch and refreshments are provided and we have a big ice bin if you want to bring your own beers. Come and experience the beautiful waters, stunning views and incredible fishing Rarotonga has to offer, our mission is to get you on that fish of a lifetime!

Trips are between 4-5 hours and leave mornings and afternoons. We offer shared trips and private charters. Contact us today to book your trip.

 

bluewater SPEARing

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Spear fishing has become more popular with us in the past 2 years as we now have two 24 foot vessels that can cater to any type of spearing trip. 

Trips are usually booked privately- we charge $600 (up to 4 people). We target all pelagic species including tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi, and marlin. 

All charters include sandwiches and water for lunch. We can provide you with weights for your weight belt & burley/bait. You do need to bring all other gear (ie: speargun, flashers etc). Captain George will also fillet any fish caught for you to take home and enjoy

We do require you sign a waiver, You can do that ahead of time by following this link 

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STAG & HENS PARTYS

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Getting married in Rarotonga? Spend the day on the water for your stag-do on Akura, the largest charter boat in Rarotonga. Our fun crew, quality gear, and spacious vessel allows for the perfect day out before your “big day”.

-    Stag’s that land a marlin receive a free Akura Charters T-shirt or Singlet
-    Max 16 people

BOTTOM FISHING

Bottom fishing means building a good berley trail down into the depths then using a local "drop stone" metod to get your bait down deep. Works really well at the FADs during tuna season but when the fish are staying down 100m or so.

Big tuna can be caught this way and can be a real fight getting them back up onto the boat.

Please inquire with us today

What's Out there?

  Yellowfin Tuna  (A'ai)  Average size is 13kg but can get up to and over 80kg. Yellowfin are very hard fighting fish that foam large schools and are found more often during the summer. A delicious fish and very good for sashimi.

Yellowfin Tuna (A'ai)

Average size is 13kg but can get up to and over 80kg. Yellowfin are very hard fighting fish that foam large schools and are found more often during the summer. A delicious fish and very good for sashimi.

  Blue Marlin  (Akura)  One of the ocean's top predators, preying on tuna and other smaller fish. Smaller ones are around 80kg but the largest one caught by line around Rarotonga was by Akura and weighed 380kg! 

Blue Marlin (Akura)

One of the ocean's top predators, preying on tuna and other smaller fish. Smaller ones are around 80kg but the largest one caught by line around Rarotonga was by Akura and weighed 380kg! 

  Mahi Mahi   (Ma'i ma'i)   Spectacular in colouring and aerial gymnastics once hooked, the Mahi mahi is also famous for its beautiful taste. It is truly one of the best eating fish in the ocean and also one of the fastest growing. Smaller ones are around 5kg but big bulls can reach over 25kg.  

Mahi Mahi (Ma'i ma'i)

Spectacular in colouring and aerial gymnastics once hooked, the Mahi mahi is also famous for its beautiful taste. It is truly one of the best eating fish in the ocean and also one of the fastest growing. Smaller ones are around 5kg but big bulls can reach over 25kg.  

 
  Wahoo   (Pa'ara)   The fastest accelerating fish in the ocean, the reel screams when a wahoo hits the lure. Good eating and more common during the winter months around Rarotonga. Smaller one are under 10kg but monsters getting close to 50kg are caught occasionally.

Wahoo (Pa'ara)

The fastest accelerating fish in the ocean, the reel screams when a wahoo hits the lure. Good eating and more common during the winter months around Rarotonga. Smaller one are under 10kg but monsters getting close to 50kg are caught occasionally.

  Skipjack Tuna  (Au'opo)  Generally smaller than the Yellowfin, school visit Rarotonga more often during the summer months. 

Skipjack Tuna (Au'opo)

Generally smaller than the Yellowfin, school visit Rarotonga more often during the summer months. 

  Other Species   Black Marlin, Barracuda and Sailfish are also taken from time to time. Black Marlin and Sailfish are rare, Barracuda much more common but not targeted.

Other Species

Black Marlin, Barracuda and Sailfish are also taken from time to time. Black Marlin and Sailfish are rare, Barracuda much more common but not targeted.

records (the big stuff)

The Akura boys currently hold a few of the Cook Islands Fishing Club Records. Here are some examples

VIDEOS

Akura lands a record breaking 380kg Blue Marlin.

 
A fun day out on Akura with friends and fellow fishermen!
 
Uploaded by Akura Fishing Charters on 2014-04-17.

Cam and Corey work on Akura Charters and use Teremoana on their days off.

 

Whilst on our honeymoon in Rarotonga, we went fishing with George and his crew aboard the Akura.

 

Check out Akura Fishing Charters in Rarotonga, Cook Islands!

Video courtesy of our guests

 
Promotional Video for Akura Fishing Charters
 

our fleet

Akura fishing charters offers a range of boats perfect for all group sizes and conditions here in Rarotonga. Safety is our number one priority, that's why on top of your basic safety equipment, all our boats also have: VHF radio, SSB Radio, EPIRB and crew that are all first aid certified.

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akura

Akura is the head of the fleet at 40ft. She boasts twin 330hp diesel inboards and all the state of the art facilities to cruise in comfort. 

Ideal for larger groups, Akura offers an onboard toilet, soundsystem and the ability to carry up to 16 pax at a time.

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ikurangi

.A 26 ft Bayliner Trophy and Powered by a quiet 250hp Suzuki outboard. 
Ikurangi has an enclosed cabin, walk around layout, plenty of shade.
Perfect for game fishing, spearfishing, reef fishing and snorkelling.

 

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A 26 ft center console with twin Honda 115 outboard engines, bimini for sun protection with a toilet on board. 
Perfect for game fishing, spearfishing, reef fishing and snorkelling.

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STAFF PROFILES

All our staff have been working in the industry for many years.  The majority of them own their own boats outside of Akura, When they aren't fishing for work, they are fishing for pleasure

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Tina King

Position: Sales and Admin Manager

Bio: Tina started with Akura December 2016, but has been fishing with the crew for approx 8 years. Tina takes all bookings and enquires regarding the business and also looks after all social media and advertising/marketing requirements. Tina meets and greets all of our valued customers and makes sure they are happy. Tina loves being out on the water and meeting new & interesting people.

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GEORGE KOTEKA

POSITION: Master Fisherman/Captain

BIO: George has been with the company since the company started and is a local fishing legend with over 25 years’ experience in the game! He is a friendly chap who knows his stuff! George has appeared in several international fishing magazines and holds the Rarotonga record for biggest fish caught on rod and reel. George is also responsible for maintaining the vessels and keeping them in good running order. A great mentor to the crew regarding all aspects of fishing and boating.

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Tioni Williams

Position: Skipper

Bio: Tioni is from the northern group of islands within the Cooks and has spent his whole life fishing. He loves to fish and fishes to live! Being on the ocean is like a second home. Tioni is also a talented mechanic. Fishing is his passion – he spends his days off catching fish on his own boat too!

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Irikau Williams

Position: Skipper

Bio: Irikau a.k.a. Willy, is Tioni’s older brother and also from the North. This guy has done it all from Rarotonga to Penryhn! Some say he was born with a hook in his mouth as he has been fishing since he could walk! A true northern group islander with all the local knowledge. He will stop at nothing to hook you up!

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Kieran Thorp

Position: Skipper

Bio: A good kiwi boy, Kieran has been fishing in the waters of Rarotonga for 5 years. He is a mad keen fisherman an even chases the big ones in his spare time. He is a cheeky young fella with a big passion for fishing. Kieran is also a qualified mechanic and a valued member of the Akura family.

Pauro Arnold

Position: Skipper

Bio: 1st Generation hunter of the big blue! Another local boy who has learnt from the best pelagic fisherman in Raro & Tahiti. He has done it all, rod and reel, handling the big boys and harpooning. One of the few bird readers around (the one with wings). Cool cat and happiest at sea.

 

Cameron Thorp

Position: Skipper

Bio: Cameron has grown up fishing in Rarotonga since the young age of 12. He has learnt from some of the best local legends as well as our own Captain George. Cam built his own Tahitian style vessel which he takes out fishing every spare chance he gets. This fella can’t get enough!! Cam is our longest standing employee (after Captain George). He is extremely reliable, friendly and knows his stuff! A true water man, he’s at home on the ocean. Fish tremble when they hear his name.

Tuakeu Buckly

Position: Part Time/Casual Skipper/Deckhand

Bio: Buckly a.k.a “Young Buck”, is a 2nd Generation local fisherman and knows the waters of Rarotonga like the back of his hand. Masterclass fisherman and Mahi Mahi harpoonist. Buck is a man of his own mind and is also a master of removing dull moments! He will do whatever it takes to get the fish in the boat!

PRICING

AKURA – 40FT VESSEL / GAME FISHING
SHARED CHARTERS @ $180 P.P
MIN 4 PAX
MAX 6 PAX

PRIVATE CHARTERS:
up to 6 pax $1000
7 – 9 pax $1200
10 pax and up to 16 pax $1300
MIN 1 / MAX 16
PRIVATE FULL DAY $2000 (8HRS)


TEMANGA & IKURANGI – 20FT VESSELS

GAME FISHING / REEF & BOTTOM FISHING or SPEAR FISHING
SHARED CHARTER @ $180 P.P.
MIN 2 PAX
MAX 4 PAX
PRIVATE CHARTER @ $600 (UP TO 4 PAX)
MIN 1 / MAX 4
PRIVATE FULL DAY $1100 (8HRS)                     

Departure Times
Morning Trip

Departure Time: 8.30am (please meet at the wharf at 8.15am)
Arrival time back to the harbour: 12.30pm – 1pm

Afternoon Trip
Departure Time: 1.30pm (please meet at the wharf at 1.15pm)
Arrival time back to the harbour: 5.30pm – 6pm

What’s Included
Bottled Water
Sandwiches for Lunch
All the gear, crew & bait
Chili bin with ice for any extra drinks you want to bring on board.

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BOOKING INQUIRY

Want to book a trip? Drop us a line and let's see what we have available for you

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Our Office

Trans Am Office,
Opposite the Avatiu Harbour
(between town and the airport)