Saturday, September 27, 2014

A week in paradise - part two

We only hit the "town" for a couple of nights because mostly we were exhausted from exploring, sitting on the beach etc. Island night at the resort was awesome. We teamed up with another couple we'd met kiting for a traditional island feast, traditional dancing and a fire show!

Traditional island food is just as you'd expect - fish, paw paw, coconuts, taro and pumpkin. My favourite from the above was the sludgy stuff in the bottom left, taro leaves in a spice coconut sauce. But basically I lived off paw paw and coconuts for 7 days. Love the stuff!!

The second night we met up with the kiters again and bar hopped till we ended up at some golf club where the locals were going off! There were some beautiful Cook Islander ladies in traditional dress who were pretty chuffed that Maj and I wanted a pic with them and then there was this guy who kept accosting me at the bar. He kept saying he wanted to show me his crayfish. I thought it was some bizarre islander metaphor or pick up line…but then he pulled out his iPhone and showed me a picture of the crayfish he'd caught. OK then.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A week in paradise - Part One


Honeymoon Island

I totally understand what the term "island paradise" and "hidden gem" mean now. We've just spent a week there and it's REALLY hard to come back.

We've been in the Cook Islands for some much needed R & R and it was amazing. For somewhere that has completely pristine waters and snow white sands, I'm surprised that this place hasn't been overrun by tourists, but it's a hidden gem I think partly attributed to the lack of marketing from such a laid back community OR, they don't want to be overrun by hoards of tourists in which case, I sincerely thank them.

The little 35 seater on Air Raratonga

We spent all of our time in Aitutaki, which isn't the main island in the Cook Islands, but I think the most picturesque and much less touristy than the main island of Rarotonga. It's a complete atoll so the waters are shallow and crystal clear and no sharks! Even if there were the waters are so clear you'd see them coming a mile away.

The Bungalows

We stayed at a bungalow in Tamanu Beach Resort, totally laid back and chilled. We could sit on the beach, snorkel, kayak…or just sleep in the hammocks.

We got around on a scooter without a helmut! Not cause we were trying to be badass, they just don't have helmets in the Cook Islands. Zero! No one wears them!

We didn't go to school, but they did a good lunch!
Kiters paradise
The "chapel" on Honeymoon Island
These little critters were everywhere

We spent a couple of days out on Honeymoon Island, a 20 minute boat ride from Aitutaki. We hung out with the guys from the kite school. I still can't kite so I just walked along the beach with the other kiting widows, picked up shells and ate coconuts. Paradise :-).