Vaka Eiva: the sailing contest celebrating the Cook Islands’ heritage

The annual event attracts participant from around the world. Here's what you need to know

MORE THAN PADDLING: The ‘vaka’ canoes are a traditional part of the Cook Islands’ history

YOU WANT to get away, but you want to do something different, something the masses haven’t even heard of. Well how about Vaka Eiva?

More than just a bit of paddling, this year’s event in the Cook Islands marks the 16th edition of the traditional competition which will be held between November 22-29.

The country’s beautiful warm and clear waters attract participants from all over the world, many of whom return year after year to paddle ‘vaka’ outrigger canoes in this fantastic celebration of Cook Islands heritage.

The festival is more than just competitive challenging canoe racing, with…

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