There are excellent kite-boarding opportunities for all-comers in both Rarotonga and especially Aitutaki, however extreme skill is required for those who contemplate surfing.
The Manureva Aquafest is an event that showcases the culture and beauty of the Cook Islands to a gathering of like-minded people with a love for the ocean and ocean sports.
A full week of ocean activity starts with Kite Surfing Freestyle and Race competitions, then swimming, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), outrigger canoeing and a ton of fun events later in the week.
Held on Aitutaki in August, some of the biggest names in kite surfing head there to vie for the top spot in the International Kite Surfing Competition. This big event has catapulted the Cook Islands on to the international stage as a desirable kite surfing destination.
However, if your plans do not include this event, you’ll find plenty of aquatic hire establishments on Rarotonga who offer instructors and kite-boards to hire, if you do not have your own.
There are a few select surfers who know the dangers, challenge, risk and also the great rewards that can occur in the most dramatic physical environment, where enormous amounts of natural energy are dispersed as oceanic swells unload onto the razor sharp outer reef of “The Rock” Rarotonga.
Those who ride the waves cut a fine line between fun and fear and pleasure and pain. This is what surfing on Rarotonga is all about. It’s almost as if you cannot have one without the other. Very experienced surfers only may apply.