Hahei beach in Coromandel

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

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Dates

  • 1 to 6 September 2024 (SOLD OUT)
  • 8 to 13 September 2024 (2 SPOTS LEFT)
  • 31 August to 5 September 2025 (NEW)

Swim up to 5 km per day
2 swims per day

Join us for this extraordinary swimming adventure

from $2,369 NZD

Summary

  • Explore the warm clear blue waters of Aitutaki Lagoon
  • Swim with beautiful tropical fish and other interesting marine wildlife like turtles and giant trevally
  • Enjoy the lagoon's shallow water sheltered from swells and ocean waves
  • Experience a trip outside of the lagoon to have a very high chance to view or even swim with humpback whales
  • Stay right on Ootu beach, one of the the most beautiful beaches in the Cook Islands
  • Spots strictly limited to 18 swimmers

Relax at the end of the day, cold beverage in hand, enjoying witty banter with your fellow swimmers. Fall asleep to the sound of the wind in the coconut palms, with a grin on your face, looking forward to the next day’s adventures

What's included

We take the hassle away from you and organise your swim holiday using local knowledge, years of experience and safety backup. This leaves you to focus on relaxing and having fun in a fun group of people who share your passion for the ocean. Our trips include:

  • A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE - The chance to swim with Humpback Whales!
  • Five nights accommodation right on the waters edge of gorgeous Ootu beach at a discounted group booking rate
  • Dinner on the first night, breakfast on the last morning, and lunches on the 3 full day boat trips
  • Swims accompanied by guides and a support boat

What's not included

  • Transport to and from Aitutaki

Cost

Priced from $2,369 NZD for standard shared accommodation. The final cost depends on accommodation type chosen and whether your room is single or shared. You also have the option to make arrangements for your own accommodation. Non swimmers are welcome and are charged room costs only. Send us a booking enquiry with your numbers and accommodation preferences and we will get back with a price.

Itinerary guideline

Following feedback from our experienced charter operator Wet & Wild we have drafted what we believe to be an itinerary that takes in the very best of Aitutaki Lagoon as follows:

Sunday – Meet 6:30pm at Ranginui's Retreat for a welcome and safety talk, then 7pm Group Dinner at Blue Lagoon Restaurant and Bar.

Monday to Thursday – 3 full days swimming supported by Wet & Wild.  We will be covering approximately 4-5 km per day across 2 different swims (before and after lunch).  Longer distances can be added for those keen to swim more. 

In addition we have one half day (morning) on the charter boat with the goal of swimming with Humpback Whales!  The afternoon can either be free time to explore Aitutaki or include a shorter swim from in front of our accommodation. 

For swims off the charter boat, it is possible to divide the group into 2 subgroups to swim different distances, i.e. the first group wanting to swim longer will jump off the boat earlier and the group wanting to cover a shorter distance will hop off the boat later.  We have 2  guides accompanying the swimmers plus the charter boat as support.

Friday – 8am Group Breakfast at Koru Café.  Check out by 10am.

Aitutaki Lagoon, Cook Islands

Air Rarotonga fly to Aitutaki from Rarotonga a few times every day taking about 50 minutes. Check the Air Rarotonga flight schedule for details.

If you are flying from New Zealand on Air New Zealand you can book tickets to/from Aitutaki via Rarotonga.

Other activities in the area

So many choices - where do we start? Snorkeling, lagoon cruises, kayaking, paddle boarding, wakeboarding, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, or simply relax on a secluded white sand beach with a book or cold beverage in hand (or both). Go kitesurfing, bonefishing, watch the whales from the beach or indulge in a massage or spa. Choose your own activity and pace to experience this Island paradise!

Other important information

Who are these swims for?

The minimum age of swimmers 14 years old (under 18 year old's must be accompanied by adult swimmer). You should have had some previous ocean swim experience and be able to swim 1km in under 40 minutes (flippers allowed).

We accommodate swimmers of different abilities and fitness levels. Flippers are welcome as is taking some time out during the swim and relaxing on the support boat for a spell or just participating in the morning or afternoon swims - the choice is yours!

Non-Swimmers

Non swimming partners/family/friends are welcome to join our trips. They may be able to accompany us on our support boats if there is space available.

Your Accommodation Options

We have chosen Ranginui's Retreat as our preferred accommodation provider because of its amazing location right on Ootu beach.

Let us know your choice of accommodation in the Booking Enquiry Form and we will get back with a quote.

You are also welcome to book your own accommodation.

See Ranginuis Retreat
Accommodation options for Ranginui Retreat at Ootu Beach

Budget Garden Unit

its your choice
$
160
per night

Single $130 NZD per night.

Double $160 NZD per night.

Includes one bed (single or double).

Standing fan, toaster, microwave, electric jug, tea/coffee station and a small fridge.

Accommodation options for Ranginui Retreat at Ootu Beach

Studio Pool Front Unit

its your choice
$
195
per night

Suitable for 1-2 people.

1 king or 2 single beds.

Air con, full kitchenette and a small fridge.

Fresh towels daily.

Accommodation options for Ranginui Retreat at Ootu Beach

Deluxe Beachfront Bungalow

its your choice
$
280
per night

Perfect for couples.

Super king bed.

Aircon, cooking facilities, barbecue and private outdoor shower.

Fresh towels daily.

Accommodation options for Ranginui Retreat at Ootu Beach

Two Bedroom Beachfront Bungalow

its your choice
$
300
per night

$300 NZD per night for the first 2 guests. An additional $50 per night each for extra guests. Maximum occupancy of 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Queen bed in main bedroom, 2 single beds in the second bedroom.

Air con, full kitchenette and own barbeque.

So why not book your epic swim adventure with us today?

Send us a booking enquiry and we will get back to you ASAP!