Last day in Paradise

Trip Start May 13, 2010
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Trip End May 12, 2011


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Flag of Cook Islands  , Southern Cook Islands,
Friday, August 13, 2010

Well we done it we have booked a trip to go on a lagoon cruise, really not certain about it but we are going as everyone we speak to tells us we would be crazy not to go on a cruise and see the lagoon in all it's glory.

We went for a kayak today and made it to the next island across the lagoon, took about 40 mins each way and the lagoon was quite calm today so it was good.

Got some fish for dinner today Mai ma ii think it was called, it was really nice just pan fries with some butter and a bit of black pepper, we had that with sautéed potatoes with tomatoes onion and red pepper, with a large glass of Marlborough Sauvignon blanc, was real good. We then had the most amazing tasting star fruit with passion fruit for dessert.

Wednesday

Last day on the most amazing island in the world and we will be really sad to leave in the morning.

The trip out on the lagoon was really nice, we stopped on a small island on the way for 20 mins and then went to a place where it was good for snorkelling, and it was really good, crystal clear water and loads of different fish round the coral, this was by far the best snorkelling i have ever done (even though i had to surface every 5 mins to empty my mask).

Then we went to one foot island for some lunch, Tuna fish was the main part, all good. The lagoon looked really nice and there were huge waves crashing onto the reef that surrounds the lagoon. All the while we were serenaded by the crew, they sang all cook island tunes, even the captain played the drums while he was steering the boat. So it was a good last day on Aitutaki, back to Rarotonga in the morning.

Up early for our flight to Rarotonga, the weather wasn’t great overnight lots of wind and rain, but it seems nothing stops the Aitutaki Taxi (the flight from Aitutaki to Rarotonga).

So the plane arrived on time and the 40 min flight was uneventful. Back At Gwen’s place on Rarotonga we are in the Studio, which was her husband’s art studio, now converted to a simple and basic accommodation.

We hired a scooter from Budget for $17 a day (about £8), so just over £70 for the 9 days.

It is good to be back in Rarotonga, and we feel we know a bit about the place already, so we can find supermarkets and we have got a Wi-Fi internet card so we should be ok for communications, assuming we can find the hot spots J.

We had a nice long walk down the beach and Gwen’s dog Zoe followed us all the way. There was a rugby match going on at the other end of Muri beach, some English team have come out here to play the Cook island teams (they looked to be in the 15 – 16 years old range), we just caught the end of the match, and it seems the UK boys won 12 points to 7, they seemed quite pleased. It was quite a location for a game of rugby with the beach and the Muri lagoon on one side and the mountains on the other side.
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