Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
374Trip End Mar 15, 2007
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Woke up and stepped out on to the veranda area at Vara's overlooking the lagoon complete with motus with the surrounding reef a few 100 meters offshore providing protection with the waves crashing onto it leaving the inner lagoon a flat calm.
Took the bus into the main town and capital of the Cook Islands Avarua with Carol (UK) and Michel (Denmark) who I'd met on the trip here last night plus two Swedish girls. The small island at just 32kms around at least made the bus routes simpler, all two of them, clockwise or anti-clockwise.
Wandering around the Saturday morning market the Cook Islands seemed better off than Fiji with a better overall infrastructure though not sure whether that is to do with more tourist dollars or New Zealand's support
Taking the opposite bus back to complete a loop round the island the bus was only equipped with openthewindow A/C which due to the crazed woman in front of was not even possible in case she caught a cold. "Wha?" Would have said something if her hair was not whiter than some of the beaches around here.
The water here though is full of sea cucumbers or at least I hope that is what they are. I'd heard they are bit of a local delicacy with some picking them straight out of the water and squeezing the insides out like spaghetti. Yummy. Apparently they then toss what's left back into the sea where it recovers and is ready to be eaten again soon. Think I will give that one a miss.
Something I didn't want to miss though was a so called island night being touted as a must with attendance to at least one required or they feed you to the sea cucumbers. They is one almost every night at a different location with tonight's being at a fancy resort place on the other side of the island. The island night consists of traditional dancing to fast paced drumming with the dancing being taken pretty seriously here with each island having their own style with numerous competitions throughout the year meaning the performances were well performed.
Hearing that their would be audience participation required I knew that I would be picked being taking up on stage by a little female dancer for a coconut dance. What the heck I thought, I don't know any of the other couple of hundred people here if I dance like a drunken monkey.