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Jan 22, 2018 - Skipped Sunday – Entered the Domain of the Golden Dragon

Today we crossed the international date line and skipped from Saturday Jan 20 to Monday Jan 22. My iPad is still not sure where we are but I hope it catches up soon. Sometimes I look at it is has Jan 22 and sometimes it has Jan 21. In celebration of the crossing, a brunch was held by the pool. At noon, the captain had a brief ceremony declaring us all fit for the Order of the Golden Dragon by having crossed the date line. We sang Happy Birthday to the 3 people that missed their Jan 21 birthdays and had a mimosa toast of “skoal” to us all....

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Jan 20, 2018 - March around the Promenade deck

Mel and I have not been very diligent about getting our 4 laps = 1 mile around the promenade. May be 1-2 laps on most days. Today though we did a lap with several other people in solidarity with the women’s marches going on in USA this weekend. Mel and I had attended the march in Pasadena a year ago and agree the same issues still exist, especially with the government shutdown this weekend. The march was just word of mouth…., meet at 10 AM and walk a lap around. A couple of people brought homemade signs, so as we sat in the atrium, many...

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Jan 19, 2018 - Cook Islands - Cancelled due to high seas

The weather was very ominous when we arrived at Rarotonga this morning. The seas where really rocking n rolling and the wind gusting to 35 mph. There is no protected harbor here, the ship just anchors out in the ocean and they shuttle you to shore on the tender boats. The tender boats that were launched to pick up the local immigration officials, had a lot of problems getting along side without bashing into the ship or water washing into the doors. After 30 mins, the captain announced it was too rough so we were going to try to go to the...

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Jul 25, 2017 - A week in Paradise - Rarotonga!

I spent last week on the beautiful island of Rarotonga in the cook islands for my Birthday and it was PARADISE. 4 hours from Auckland, it was like stepping into the classic image of a desert island. White sands, aqua water, coconut trees, sunshine and cocktails! I stayed in Muri Beach and my accommodation was less than a 2 minute walk to the beach, some lovely cafes and a lot of the tourist attractions. The island is on a lagoon/reef so is protected from any nasty sea baddies but still home to some amazing tropical fish, giant clams, coral...

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Jun 5, 2016 - Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Our lost stop- Rarotonga and we really wished we could have stayed for a week. It is certainly somewhere we would love to go back to and explore. The beaches were stunning, the people friendly and we had a delicious meal at a rather smart resort on Muri Beach. Four nights at sea to get back to Auckland. It is weird being in the middle of nowhere for so long.

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Our Year Out

Apr 18, 2016 - Raratonga, Cook Islands

As we are crossing back over the International Date Line we had two Fridays this week and because we missed Fanning Island it suddenly feels like a lot of sea days. We arrive next in Rarotonga tomorrow and this is again a tender port so fingers crossed that the seas are a lot calmer than they are right now. Viv and I visited Rarotonga for ten days many years ago on our way back from New Zealand so are quite familiar with parts of it. Today there was the usual Trivia that was especially busy due to windy, rainy weather that kept many people...

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Sep 11, 2014 - Rarotonga

Our fourth day on Rarotonga and for some reason we decided to tackle the interior again with what we have been told is an easier trek across the middle of the island past Te Rua Manga (The Needle) at 413m. We didn't intend to go right across as we rode our bikes to the point where the road ends and the trek begins and we would need to get back to them. Well, it may have been slightly easier but it still involved steep clambering and as it is in thick jungle we could see precious little through the trees. We didn't make it to the top of The...

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Sep 10, 2014 - Rarotonga

We wanted to go snorkelling today and headed out on our bikes for the south coast where we had stopped a couple of days ago and could rent the equipment. When we got there it was a very high spring tide and far too rough having stirred up the sand inside the reef so that was out of the question. The waves breaking over the reef were huge and as they rolled over they shone that brilliant light blue colour of the water inside the reef. The tide was so high it had washed debris and coconuts all over the road at one point. We decided to ride...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Rarotonga

We had arranged to walk early with Linda with whom we dined last night with her elderly companion, Graham (85). The object was to walk one of the trails that head inland. Graham was too old to do the walk so Linda left him but after a short way she went back for breakfast. The island is inhabited all round the coastal area but it is hilly jungle inland with the highest point at 653m with several lower peaks. We headed on up the Te Manga trek and I can honestly say it is not for the faint hearted. At one point early on, the trail virtually...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Rarotonga - Cook Islands

After a 10 hour flight to Avarua, the main town on Rarotonga, we arrived at just before 6am still in darkness after what had obviously been a wet night. The airport? Well, there was once a time when all airports were like this. You exit the plane down steps and walk a short way across the tarmac into the terminal building, very relaxed and no security guru to usher you onwards away from the plane. Inside it is small, passport control, baggage pickup and customs all in one area being entertained by a local singing in one corner. Outside were...

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Feb 25, 2014 - Kia Orana from the Cook Islands

Kia Orana from the Cook Islands Whilst it was only a short 4 hour flight from Auckland to Rarotonga, I had left New Zealand on Tuesday evening but had arrived 5 minutes to midnight on the Monday after crossing the International Date line - this was a first for me as I had previously returned from NZ via Hong Kong. This really confused me and I had to make sure that I had booked my accommodation for the right days as I was now going to have Tuesday all over again! It was a hot 27 degrees in Rarotonga at midnight when I landed and seemed to...

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Jul 5, 2013 - Rarotonga New Zealand

Very relaxing day. We slept as late as we could without missing our free breakfast. There wasn't much to do since everything in town was closed. We drove around a little and got back to the native celebration area mid-day but everything was already closed down. What a bummer. We were sorry to have missed it. We headed to town and found a restaurant that was open. It wasn't bad and the view of the ocean was great. We did get a weaving lesson at the resort activity center that was a lot of fun and it was surprising how easy it was. It was...

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