Cook Islands event promises tourism boost

or a watersports extravaganza expected to draw tourists from all over the world.

The Vaka Eiva Festival, held from November 24 to 30 this year, involves more than 800 competitors swimming, boating and canoeing in a stunning setting.

The most famous event is the Round Raro Relay, during which participants paddle traditional canoes through the Muri Lagoon around the island of Rarotonga.

Sales and marketing director Karla Eggleton said: “The annual international event of Vaka Eiva has come from small beginnings eight years ago, to become the largest international event in the Cook Islands. It is a great celebration of Cook Islanders culture and heritage as well as a wonder full tool to showcase what the islands have to offer.”

The event has grown to become more than just a competition. It is a demonstration of the islands’ culture, cuisine and celebratory atmosphere as well as an opportunity to support the local community through various fundraising events.

Example Vaka Eiva package:
14 nights at Royal Takitumu Villas from £3,099 per person
Includes return international flights from Heathrow (outbound via LA, inbound via Auckland and LA/Hong Kong) to Rarotonga, a Lagoon View Villa at the four star Royale Takitumu Villas, daily tropical breakfast as well as, use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment. This package is based on travel on 18 November 2012.?