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Expedition schedule

Upon arrival in Aitutaki the team is welcomed and transported by boat to Akaiami Island where everyone is assigned bunks and orientated to the island that will become home. A duty roster is drawn up with everyone taking turns at cooking duty, cleaning and other camp tasks. Sunday is a day off to enjoy some time on the lagoon and relax.

The expedition starts with survey training, ensuring everyone is using the same methods, identifying organisms correctly and conducting practice surveys. In the evenings there is swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and what ever other activities the group dreams up.

Every Saturday is BBQ night, and Sundays are free time. Occasionally the group will be taken back to the main island of Aitutaki to experience the church, pick up supplies and have a day away from Akaiami.

Weeks 3 to 6 are spent conducting the surveys, entering data and producing the draft report. The routines established in week two will be carried on throughout the expedition.

At the end of week six we finish with a social BBQ inviting local partners and supporters of the project to join us. On Sunday participants fly back to Rarotonga where the expedition officially ends. People either leave to return home, continue their journey, or stay in the Cook Islands a little longer.

Week Day Activity Location
1 Monday Meet up and travel out to Akaiami Motu, base orientation and snorkelling trip Aitutaki lagoon
  Tuesday and Wednesday Trial surveys and proofing Aitutaki lagoon
  Sunday Day off Akaiami
2 Monday - Saturday Marine Surveys Aitutaki lagoon
  Sunday Day off Akaiami and Aitutaki
Final week Monday - Thursday Marine Surveys Aitutaki lagoon
  Friday Final data summary Akaiami
  Saturday Camp clean up, final BBQ and night at Akaiami Akaiami
  Sunday Travel to Rarotonga. End Expedition Aitutaki



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Duration :

3 weeks to 5 weeks depending on the expedition

Expedition Type :

Marine survey using snorkel and scuba

Location :

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Fly to :
Autitaki, Cook Islands via Rarotonga Cook Islands.
Expedition dates :
Cost :

3 week expedition : NZ$1950

Whats included :
All accomodation and meals* for the duration of the expedition
All scuba equipment required for diving
Training in marine survey techniques
All transfers to and from the airport and the accommodation lodge in Akaiami
Daily survey dives and snorkelling
Lodge style accommodation on Akaiami Motu
Weekly opportunities for community engagement
*Social meals away from the expedition base not included
Contact :

Ph +682 22450
Our office is on Cook Islands Time CKT GMT-10


Available for Skype calls on request

The Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project is a project of the Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative. PICI is a Non-Profit organisation based in the Cook Islands working in areas of environmental research, conservation and education. Our philosophy is that for conservation to work it must be driven by the local communities that live in these remote islands. To that end the Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project intends to use science to develop a long term data set to assist with the management of the Aitutaki Lagoon by the people of the island.
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