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Sep 15, 2014 - Aitutaki

Quiet day on Aitutaki beach walking and swimming. One observation that I have noticed is how friendly everyone is to each other in the Cook Islands. During our time here we have met and spoken to many interesting people simply because people have time for each other. We have met many nationalities though it is mainly New Zealanders that come here. The locals are very friendly to tourists and genuinely welcome everyone to their Islands.

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Sep 14, 2014 - Boat trip in the Lagoon

The day dawned sunny but breezy and proved to be an ideal day for snorkelling. An aerial view of Aitutaki and it's lagoon is very beautiful but when in a boat the turquoise waters feel like such a vast expanse and you get a very different impression of what this island and it's surrounds are all about. We were picked up by 'Captain Fantastic' of Kia Orana Cruises and driven in a rickety old van to the harbour. 'Kia Orana' means welcome in Cook Islands Maori. With 4 other people, two couples from Australia, and an elderly lady originally...

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Sep 13, 2014 - Round the island

Early in the morning several hours before sunrise the local population of cockerels started to crow. One seemed to be almost under our hut but I can't say this bothered us as we have kept cockerels in the past and we have learned to ignore it. We were told a story today by Linda who we met in Rarotonga and now again here. She went to the market and asked for chicken but they didn't have any but was told she should just help herself to one of of the wild ones. It seems they are all regarded as wild and belong to no one in particular. There...

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Sep 12, 2014 - On to Aitutaki

After a quiet morning sitting on the veranda overlooking the ocean reading, we headed for the airport courtesy of the taxi driver who brought us from the airport. He was a cheerful chap and they really are proud of their island and pleased that we have come to visit. He seems to be one of only 10 taxi drivers on the island. We asked him because we hadn't seen any around. Most people have either cars or motor bikes and tourists generally hire cars or motor bikes. We are pleased we hired bikes and now we are in Aitutaki have decided that it...

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Feb 27, 2014 - One Foot Island Stamp

One foot Island Stamp Aitutaki is a short 50 minute flight from Rarotonga but seems much longer when you are sat in a 15 seat Air Rarotonga plane where it just seems so hot as the air con seems non existent! I had wanted to visit Aitutaki for many years but it always seemed a very difficult place to visit but with this first RTW trip I made sure it would be accessible by stopping in several places in the south pacific islands. I had booked my trip through Air Rarotonga and they had confirmed that a drive would be outside the Castaway at...

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Jun 9, 2012 - Last day in paradise

We've spent the day relaxing and unfortunately finishing off books, I have now read 4 books and ran out!!! That even includes the additional one I brought in heathrow that I didn't realise my favourite author sophie kinsella had released. Mr Bell has also done well and is currently on book 4 although he says it's rubbish. I don't know why he bothers if it's rubbish. I live in hope that there might be a book stall at Raro airport but I doubt it, at least we have an overnight flight so we should be fairly shattered by then. We adventured into...

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Our honeymoon

Jun 8, 2012 - Our last full day and night in paradise

Turns out whilst shaking my thing at the dancing last nights it absolutely eaten alive with over 50 mosiquito bites as counted this morning. I was wearing spray but I'm obviously too tasty to resist. Oh well never mind, we did absolutely nothing today, not even a walk down the beach just sleep, read and rest up. Perfect!!! We managed to negotiate a late check out for tomorrow as we don't fly until 7pm so pretty much got a full day again, might even venture out in a double man kayak.....

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Our honeymoon

Jun 7, 2012 - The day Mr Bell almost drowned

Up nice and early for our boat trip, picked up again on island time, should have been 9.30 was 10am. Only 10 mins down the road to the boat harbour which was actually the owners private mooring where he lived. This all sounds very nice but I can assure you these people are definitely not rich, the houses were very basic and haggered but he couldn't be prouder, as the day went on he told us about his heritage, family and his business. The first stop was a snorkel site whereby I waited for the others to go first, the sun hadn't quite warmed...

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Our honeymoon

Jun 6, 2012 - Transfer to Aitutaki

Our transfer was due at 9am so we the night before we had spent time organising our suitcases with one of them full of autuaki and LA clothes and the other all the obsolete winter clothes used in New Zealand. We had heard we might have a low baggage allowance depending on how many was booked on the flight and which plane was used. As I wasn't keen on leaving one of our suitcases it was lucky that had a bigger aeroplane than anticipated meaning we could take both suitcases. We forgot that we weren't island time and needn't have rushed as...

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Our honeymoon

May 5, 2009 - The middle of nowhere

We've landed in the South Pacific island chain of the Cooks islands. This is the last leg of our grand family adventure and it's probably one of those places people dream about seeing from looking at it in a magazine but don't know where it is. After landing on the main island of Rarotonga and spending the night, we've headed northwards to the little atoll of Aitutaki for a few days. It famous for 2 things, the magnificance of the lagoon and that a season of Survivor was filmed here a few years ago. Truly you have to see it for yourself to...

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May 5, 2009 - Aitutaki

From Rarotonga I flew to Aitutaki, recognized as one of the most (if not the most) beautiful lagoon in the world. Aitutaki is smaller and hotter than Rarotonga. As you can guess, it has no public transportation. Most people go around on rented scooters. For five nights I stayed in my own bungalow right on the beach. It was a splurge for me at $100 NZ/night (about $72 CAD), but still one of the cheapest places on the island. The highlight of my stay was the lagoon cruise/snorkeling trip that took seven of us to three snorkeling spots, four...

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