About Va’a

Va’a, or Outrigger canoeing

Outrigger canoeing is a traditional Polynesian sea sport. Originally developed to enable brave explorers to travel through oceans, Outrigger canoeing has become a popular and competitive sport mostly in United States, Australia, New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands.  Most of the races are distance type but some clubs combine both sprint and distance during their season. Race lengths usually differ from 8 to 60 km.


The most popular racing outrigger canoes today are six seats canoes of 40-45 foot, which are the most commonly used during our training sessions. Each paddler from seat number 1-5 paddle in unison and alternately on the opposite side from each other, while each one has a role to play.


It is common practice to name the parts of the outrigger canoe after the original names given by the Hawaiians, as mentioned on the image below.

Many names across oceans…


Outrigger Canoe in English


Vaka in Tongan


Va’a in Samoan


Wa’a in Hawai’ian


Va’a in Tahitian


Waka in Maori

First time paddling 

We always welcome new paddlers – new as well as experienced.

Please contact us to if you are interested to join.

On a regular basis we organise  « rookie sessions » to introduce new paddlers to the sport of Va’a.

don’t hesitate to join us!


And to get the latest info, go to our Facebook Page!

How to get to Siloso Beach, Sentosa

By car: Turn onto Sentosa Gateway from the main island, keep right when you reach a fork in the road and you will reach Sentosa Gantry; past the gantry, take a right turn onto the 2nd exit at the roundabout on to Artillery Avenue.

Follow the road, turn left onto Beach View. Continue along this road and you will reach the Beach Car Park on your right. There are 600 parking lots available.

By Taxi: Taxi Follow the directions above and head toward the taxi stand  located at the Beach Station.

By MRT: MRT Take the North-East Line or Circle Line and alight at the HarbourFront MRT Station (NE1/ CC29). Enter Vivocity Shopping Mall and take the Sentosa Express (Lobby L, Level 3) to the Beach Station (first train 7am, last train 12mn).

By Bus: Bus 123 leaves from Sentosa beach station