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Kitesurfing & Bodyboarding

Being a renowned kitesurfing spot, the Cook Islands have something to offer for advanced bodyboarders and those who like stand-up paddleboarding. Though unfortunately there's not too much for surfers


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The Aitutaki lagoon is one of the best places in the world to enjoy and practice kitesurfing. Its crystal clear warm water together with steady winds makes it an ideal kiteboarding spot for all skill levels. Sometimes to find a perfect place you need to use a boat service and travel to the nearby islands like Honeymoon Island and One Foot Island. Their sandbars are created for a safe and easy learning environment and a great place to improve one's skills. The spacious lagoons of Aitutaki Island ensure lots of space for every rider without fighting for free space.

The trade winds travel through the Cooks from May till October, and this is probably the best time to enjoy this kind of water activity. These are mainly winds ranging from 15 to 30 knots. Although you can't be 100% sure, but August and September are the most reliable with winds.

Talking about other surf sports, the Cook Islands can't be named one of the best surfing destinations. Most of the waves are short, fast, hollow, and breaking over the extremely sharp coral reef. But such conditions may be more exciting for bodyboarders. The best thing about bodyboarding here is that there is no need to fight for the wave, as you won't find crowds on any of beaches. You will also need to bring all the needed stuff with you, as it's hard to find some rentals or special shops. standup paddleboarding is also quite a popular water sport here, and a great way to explore the islands and enjoy their beauty. Some of the best surfing spots on the Cook Islands are Montutapu, Ava avarua, and Black Rock.

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