Cook Islands Real Swim Adventure



Cook Islands RealSwim Adventure; guaranteed warm waters, sandy beaches and a relaxed Island style atmosphere.

Gorgeous Aitutaki, also traditionally known as Araura. Aitutaki is one of the Cook Islands, north of Rarotonga. It has a population of approximately 2,000. Aitutaki is the second most visited island of the Cook Islands. The main village is Arutanga (Arutunga) on the west side. Aitutaki is an “almost atoll”. It has a maximum elevation of approximately 123 metres with the hill known as Maunga Pu close to its northernmost point. The land area of the atoll is 18.05km², of which the main island occupies 16.8km².

Hands down this is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Cook Islands RealSwim Adventure

Overview: We meet on the Sunday afternoon covering the safety brief and swim procedures for the week before dipping our toes in the lagoon. Monday and Tuesday mornings swim are in Rarotonga. Tuesday afternoon we fly to Aitutaki where we are based for the rest of the week.

Travel: Flights and accommodation and most meals are not included in the Cook Islands RealSwim Adventure. We provide swim guides, charter boats, and on board refreshments as part of the basic package as well as lunch on Wednesday, Friday and a Friday dinner.

Once you have paid your RealSwim deposit and we have confirmed your place on the Cook Islands RealSwim Adventure we recommend you start booking flights. Air New Zealand run regular flights to the Cook Islands from NZ, Sydney and also from Los Angeles once per week. You will also need connecting link flights Rarotonga to Aitutaki. If you would like to upgrade to the individual travellers package, we can take the guess work out and arrange your accomodation and return flights to and from Aitutaki for you. If you would like to upgrade to this option and would like a quote for this please get in touch us with us directly via with your preference of a twin or single room – please include your name and the booking you have currently made via our website. 

The key flight to book is the Rarotonga – Aitutaki on the Tuesday afternoon, the 3.30pm flight is the best or anyone after that time.

For those people coming from the USA or Canada, provided you purchase your Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand, Australia or the South Pacific in the USA or Canada, you are eligible for the Air New Zealand Explorer Pass. This pass is a wonderful way of getting around the South Pacific.



Day 1 

Our Cook Islands RealSwim starts on Sunday in Rarotonga. Our trip briefing and meet and greet followed by a visit to the markets for an early evening meal. It’s a no swim day but a fun afternoon getting to know the group and getting set for the week.

Day 2

We head out in the inner reef surrounds of Rarotonga to get comfortable with our open water swimming and enjoy the amazing clear warm water, reef and fish life that is the Cook Islands. Two swims on day two to get into the swim of things. 

Day 3

Day three Tuesday starts with the locally famous ‘Boiler swim’. After lunch we fly 50 minutes to Aitutaki. You are responsible for booking your airport transfers and flights to Aitutaki (Tues afternoon) and out of Aitutaki (Saturday afternoon). This is not covered in the trip price. We recommend you contact our Cook Islands partners , Destination Management Cook Islands by e-mail for assistance with connecting flights. Accommodation in Aitutaki is also your responsibility with The Basics option.We recommend the following accommodation on Aitutaki; Ranginui’s Retreat, Aitutaki Village, Ootu Villa or Aitutaki Lagoon Resort. They all offer something different and are in proximity to each other (If you are unsure just ask us for advice). We celebrate our arrival into Aitutaki with a cultural evening and dinner at Aitutaki Village.

Day 4

Starts with an exciting swim around the Motu’s (Islands), and a catered beach lunch on a remote ‘Motu’ (Island). The afternoon you swim off the beach on the amazing white sands. The evening meals on our RealSwim are ‘pay as you go’ and gives you the chance to choose. The guides will organise a meal each evening and those want to attend are most welcome.

Day 5

For this exciting swim we venture into the rich almost purple waters of the outer reef. Sometimes scary, exciting and beautiful. Not to be missed. We’ll have lunch with Trina and Steve at their lovely Koru Café and a free afternoon to rest, lounge, sunbathe or rent a motor scooter and visit the marine research centre.

Day 6

Another full day out in the water followed by an amazing picnic lunch on One Foot Island and a leisure swim. In the evening  we are hosted for a fire pit dinner at the local Toa Moana oe vaka club, weather permitting.

Day 7

Provides the opportunity for a dawn swim with your guides with options of swim coaching or perhaps a mystery activity. Of course many of you will want to stay on and enjoy some more beach time. Aituktai and Rarotonga provide more than enough opportunity to fulfill a relaxing post RealSwim holiday option.


Dates for 2019

13 – 19 Oct: 11 Sold Out

20 – 26 Oct: 2 spaces remaining

Dates for 2020

11 – 17 Oct: 10 spaces remaining

For inquiries please e-mail

Booking Terms and Conditions

  • A non refundable deposit is required to confirm your RealSwim booking.
  • Full payment is required for a booking less than 60 days from the start date.
  • Payments are not refunded.
  • Read full T’s & C’s 


Essentials Needed

  • You don’t need to be a swim super star for this trip you just need to enjoy swimming. Minimum requirement is the ability to swim 2km continuous
  • Reef shoes or sandals with top strap
  • Insect repellent – they’re not too bad
  • Light/tropical rain jacket 
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Goggles x 2 clear and tinted
  • Drink bottle
  • Swim suits – multiple pairs
  • Rash Vests 
  • Optionals: Fins


What sort of food is available?

You can find plenty of your usual foods eg chicken and beef but you’ll also have the opportunity to sample plenty of the local foods that you would expect in such a warm island location; fresh fruit and sea food.

What is the climate like in the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round. October average max Temperature is 28C and average minimum temp is 18C.

What other activities are on the islands?

Include sunbathing, diving/snorkeling, cultural tour, fishing, wake boarding, bike riding, scooter hire, or just relaxing in a totally uncomplicated environment.

What is the currency of the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands’ unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar, supplemented by notes and coinage for local use.

What banking facilities are available on the Islands?

On Rarotonga ANZ and Westpac Banks in downtown Avarua are open Mon-Fri from 9am – 3pm. ANZ extends its closing time on Fridays to 4pm whilst Westpac Bank opens from 9am-12pm on Saturdays. Westpac Bank has an exchange and departure tax service available at the airport for all international flights; this is located at the International Arrivals Terminal.

ATM’s are located around Rarotonga and there are two on Aitutaki and Eftpos is available at some hotels and stores. Western Union has an office in Avarua offering money exchange and transfers.

Do I need a visa?

Provided you are entering the Cook Islands for recreational purposes and have a outbound ticket within 30 days you do not require a visa.

What electricity is in the Cook Islands?

240v / 50Hz (same voltage as NZ) with plugs being three flat pins (same as NZ). UK/US Visitors will require a converter.

What transport is on the Islands?

As on Rarotonga, the popular mode of transport is the motor scooter. A Cook Island license on Aitutaki is $2.50 provided you have a current overseas driving license. All transport to and from our swims is provided however you will be able to rent scooters (around $25 for the day) or even a car should you wish to do some more exploring. Just make sure you bring your drivers license. The speed limit is 40 KPH.

Is Aitutaki Safe?

The only real danger you may encounter on Aitutaki will be from the occasional speeding scooter or from stone fish. Both are easily avoided with a little common sense. This will be covered in the pre swim briefing.

What is included?

The Basics includes all your swim guiding, charter boats, swim safety cover, nutrition and hydration while on the boats.


The Basics

We have made this RealSwim nice and simple. The basics package covers RealSwim Adventure provision, daily boat transport, refreshments, safety cover, some hosted meals, picnic lunches only.

This gives you the flexibility to book flights and accommodation that suit your schedule and budget.
If you would like to upgrade to the individual travellers package, we can take the guess work out and arrange your accomodation and return flights to and from Aitutaki for you. If you would like to upgrade to this option and would like a quote for this please get in touch us with us directly via with your preference of a twin or single room – please include your name and the booking you have currently made via our website. 


Activities and Add-ons

Why not arrange additional activities, excursions and days as part of your trip. Just make a request with Destination Managment Cook Islands they’ll work with you to customise your adventure.