Escape to Paddler's Paradise: Aitutaki's Unbeatable Paddle Fests Awaits!

Cook Islands Tourism
Cook Islands Tourism Corporation (CIT) is thrilled to back Aitutaki's vibrant paddling community by supporting two exciting upcoming events: Motu2Motu Aitutaki and Aitutaki Paddle Camp. These events promise to captivate both local and visiting paddlers, transforming Aitutaki into a 'paddler's paradise' for two action-packed weeks.

Event Coordinator, Stephen Doherty, recently visited Rarotonga to confirm an agreement of support with CIT CEO, Karla Eggelton, and provide valuable updates on event preparations.

Motu2Motu Aitutaki, now in its 11th successful year, is a week-long oe vaka extravaganza scheduled from 4th to 8th December 2023. This sought-after event, spans 36 kilometers with 7 legs, 6 changeovers, and mixed crews, promising an exhilarating week. The sell-out event continues to attract international visitors from as far as Canada and is a staple on the Cook Islands' sporting event calendar. Notably, this year's edition will feature an enhanced format, including a 10km race for both women and men, along with a 10km iron race tailored for open women's, open men's, and masters teams. These additions offer teams a unique chance to paddle on Aitutaki lagoon with their teammates before competing in the highlight 36km Motu2Motu race.

Introduced in 2022, Aitutaki Paddle Camp is a boutique-style event catering to a limited audience of 30 participants. This exclusive camp provides a valuable learning platform for novice to skilled paddlers, offering expert guidance from top coaches hailing from Australia, Canada, Hawaii, and the Cook Islands. It's a rare opportunity to experience paddling on one of the world's most iconic lagoons, making it an attractive alternative for those who may have missed securing a spot in Motu2Motu Aitutaki.

Cook Islands Tourism extends warm wishes to Stephen, Poppy, and the entire Motu2Motu Aitutaki and Aitutaki Paddle Camp teams, anticipating two weeks of 'paddler's paradise.'