Rainy Rarotonga

Trip Start Jul 24, 2007
Trip End Nov 11, 2007

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Its still bloody raining - had two days of lovely sunshine and loads and loads of mosquitos and since tuesday night its been pretty miserable its not like torrential rain (well not constantly) but it means you can't really go down to the beach to wander....

So last night I went to an Island Night with 3 others from the hillside backpackers - its organised by the backpackers but they won't drive up to the hillside at night to collect us so we have to walk down - its a pretty hairy walk at night in the pitch black and it really is pitch black. We went armed with torches but it was still pretty bad - debs had a panic attack on the way down that we were gonna get attacked by a pack of dogs and we spent abut 10 minutes all looking for adequately sized rocks just incase we got savaged.

The Island night was great - it was a show put on by a group of fairly young Cook Islanders and is really about the Maori heritage and their dance and music - they also showed how to tie the sairis that they all where in loads of different ways which was great not that I can remember really but i'm sure i will when i need to tie one into a dress like they do. The show was at a bar called the staircase and drinks weren't too expensive but its cheaper to buy beer in the shops we then went onto a bar called the whateva bar which was pretty good - apparently its the bar where all the backpackers hang out but it wasn't very busy but we all had a good time. The couple that took us down were from Ireland - Ashley and Joe they're staying here for 6 weeks!!! Think they'll be suicidal by the time they leave or insane.

Had to go into town again today, run out of food so i've been food shopping and bought spicy stuff and lots of garlic in the hope that it'll keep the mosquitos away but I doubt it (you can play dot to dot on my legs and now as there isn't much untouched skin left on my legs they're starting on my arms - I hate mosquitos)

The Town isn't very big so it doesn't take long to look around - there's a pretty port/harbour area - its pretty really because the water is such a lovely colour and thats about it really. I thought I'd get the other bus back to the hostel. There are two buses and one main road so one bus runs clockwise and the other bus runs anticlockwise so I have now been all around Rarotonga and its all pretty much the same. Some of the beach areas are nicer than others and in some parts there is no beach at all but the water is beautiful all the way around. Just south of where the hostel is on the main road there is a huge hotel development - well it was a development it was started about 16 years ago and was going to be the biggest hotel resort on Rarotonga but its just a huge derelict shell and an eyesore. The bus driver did say that somebody has bought the land and buildings and is gonna finish it off and open it up. The government put a lot of money towards it as well as it would have been the islands biggest employer but maybe one day.

Tourism is the big thing here, other than the oyster farming which happens on a different island, there doesn't seem to be any other industry not even crops. I know the majority of the island is taken up by a huge mountain in the middle and all the people live on the beach front mainly but there is land at the base of the mountains that could be farmed but its not - there isn't even really that much fruit grown locally the only thing i've really seen a lot of is Taro but that isn't gonna feed the family! Everything on this island is imported (hence the stupid prices) from New Zealand including 95% of the tourists!
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