Pacific Resort Supports Vaka Eiva 2012


Vaka Eiva has come from small beginnings in 2004 to become the largest international annual event in the Cook Islands and is now an established event on the international paddling calendar. We combine the spectacle of competitive paddling with more laid back "fun in the sun" events served up with the inimitable Cook Islands hospitality – a weeklong paddling festival with something for everyone!

Iron man events, relays, single races, six man races, men women and mixed, 500metres to 35km, juniors to adults and even our world famous "pop the ama" competition – only at Vaka Eiva. Not only can you paddle in the paradise that is Rarotonga, you can now compete in the Motu to Motu Race on the beautiful island of Aitutaki – imagine paddling on the front cover of a travel brochure….!

This year we will welcome paddlers from Aotearoa, Australia, Hawaii, Fiji and Tahiti as well as those travelling from further afield escaping the onset of winter in Canada. They will join our paddlers from Aitutaki and Rarotonga in what will be the biggest event to date – Vaka Eiva paddlers and supporters will make up almost 10% of the population of Rarotonga!

Even if you don't paddle, a perfect week to enjoy the festival atmosphere that is island wide. Enjoy the competition, our rich and vibrant culture and our beautiful islands.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our major sponsors for their on-going generous support, as all proceeds from the event go towards the development of Oe Vaka in the Cook Islands. It is with their help that this little island is able to host this huge event!

The Vaka Eiva Organising Committee and all members of The Cook Islands Canoeing Association, looks forward to welcoming returning friends & meeting new ones for the 9th annual Vaka Eiva.

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