Distance approximately 5 km per day 2 swims per day
Join us for this extraordinary swimming adventure
from $2,369 NZD
Explore the warm clear blue waters of Aitutaki Lagoon
Swim with beautiful tropical fish and other interesting marine wildlife like turtles and giant clams
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
Be comfortable in warm waters of around 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit)
Stay right on Ootu beach, one of the the most beautiful beaches in the Cook Islands
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
Aitutaki is a 50 minutes flight north of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. It is shaped similar to a triangle with sides about 12km (7.5 miles) long. Most of the lagoon's water is around 1-3 m deep with only a few areas of water deeper than 5 m. Our local chartered boat will transport us to the best locations within the lagoon for our swims.
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 funin 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, Aitutaki
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
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.
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:
8 September – Meet 6:30pm at Ranginui's Retreat for a welcome and safety talk, then 7pm Group Dinner at Blue Lagoon Restaurant and Bar.
9 to 12 September – 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.
13 September – 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, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, scuba diving, deepsea 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, indulge in a massage or spa, dance away at an Island night or walk around the atoll (about 5 hours). 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 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.