Marumaru Atua was designed and built by the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea.
It is a 72 foot Vaka Moana, double masted traditional Polynesian sailing canoe outfitted with solar powered propulsion system, built in 2009 in New Zealand’s Salthouse Boatyard.
Marumaru Atua was one of the seven traditional Polynesian sailing canoes of the Te Mana o Te Moana (Spirit of the Ocean) fleet that sailed 2011-2012, visiting fifteen Pacific nations reviving voyaging culture and advocating ocean conservation. The Te Mana o Te Moana voyage was sponsored entirely by Okeanos Foundation.
The Te Mana o Te Moana voyage was crewed by Pacific islanders from eleven nations (Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Tonga, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Easter Island) and collectively traversed 210,000 miles of open ocean, training hundreds of first time sailors along the way.
In 2014, Okeanos Foundation’s CEO Dieter Paulmann gifted Marumaru Atua to the Cook Island Voyaging Society.
Contract signing of Marumaru Atua
with Cook Island Voyaging Society President
Marumaru Atua is recognized as a Cook Island national treasure
and has been commemorated on a national $5 coin