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Oct 15, 2009 - Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

“Land was created to provide a place for steamers to visit.” - Brooks Atkinson RAROTONGA…when we disembarked from the ship’s tender, we were greeted with, “Welcome to Raro!” This truly does appear to be one of those places that was put here for people, like Captain Cook or our modern day cruise ships, to find. A delightful island of Polynesians, but not the French kind. Our excursion for the day was land based (three straight ports of call with snorkeling has left us a bit waterlogged….and that’s nothing we planned to do for more than a...

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Sep 17, 2008 - Arrival in Rarotonga The Cook Islands 13th September 2008.

Sylvia’s Comments Our Air New Zealand flight from Auckland left on time and took us out over the city and crossed the Coromandel Peninsula then over the Pacific. It was nice to look down on parts of the country that we had driven around and be able to pick out some of the landmarks. Our flight to Rarotonga would be just under 4 hours, but as we will cross the International Date Line we are flying backwards. We left NZ at 4.30pm on the 14 September and arrive at Rarotonga at 10.22pm on the 13 September. A case of getting to our destination...

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May 18, 2008 - Sport fishing

I met up with Jake whom I met on the Stray bus and decided to go fishing. I phoned around a few operators but most were full or out already. Wasn't as easy as we thought to get on a boat. Didn't think the island was all that busy but note for future, this activity is popular no matter the time of year. After not getting anything sorted over the phone, we tried to find the operators down at the harbour. No success there either so back to the phones. Called back one guy who had previously said we could only go the next day but then when I...

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May 16, 2008 - Another day of rain.

Amused myself today with walking into Avarua and touring around there for a while before hitting the internet cafe. Some very old buildings dating back to the time of the first missionary settlers. Made my way out at night to see a local band "Rora's Rocket Scientists". They provided a set of reworked cover versions for a couple of hours finishing their set with Zombie by the Cranberries. A good way to chill for a few hours. Afterwards the next entertainment source for the night started. I was picked up by the Nitelife tour bus to head...

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May 15, 2008 - Cook Islands and Captain Tama's boat cruise

While I have been here I have met a lad whom I met in Auckland YHA. Him, his 2 friends and me headed out with Captain Tama's crew for a day of snorkeling. The sea is so clear hear and warm that the snorkeling is great. We saw lots of tropical fish in our time in the water. When it was time for lunch we headed for a small island just off Rarotonga where the crew cooked a traditional lunch of fish, bananas and onions together with other fruits on an open fire. Delicious. They then put on a show of coconut pealing and extraction of the cream,...

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May 13, 2008 - The Cook Islands- Rarotonga Club Raro

They seek him here, they seek him there, but they never thought to seek him on The Cook Islands:)) I'm at Auckland airport right now on the free internet kindly supplied by Samsung. An hour to go and I shall be off to what looks like paradiso:) Looking forward to my own room for the first time in a month or so and lots and lots of R&R. Life on the road is tough you know?! Au revoir for now

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Apr 12, 2008 - Rarotonga, Cook Islands

So all this travelling was taking it's toll (!) and I'd totally lost my voice! It was a very quiet little me that turned up in Rarotonga and squeaked my way through the first few days of checking out the place. I hired a moped and pootled round the island - which took all of about 40 minutes to drive! I spent the week relaxing on the white sandy beaches and in the crystal clear Pacific waters, with more relaxing on a day trip to Aitutaki, another beatiful island some 140 miles away. The hostel was chilled out, with a mixture of people...

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Sep 6, 2007 - Flat Stanley in the Cook Islands

Kia Orana (that is hello in Cook Island Maori) I have been in the Cook Islands for almost two weeks now and it has been amazing! I have enjoyed each day soaking up the sun sitting on the beach, snorkeling and exploring the area. While snorkeling I have seen so many different fish! Some of the fish I have seen have been butterfly fish, parrot fish, trigger fish, puffer fish and even a spotted eagle-ray (usually only found in deep waters) as well as octopus! I'll catch-up with you soon from Fiji. I will be there about Sept. 14 for two...

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Nov 6, 2006 - Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are made up of 15 islands. It is a true paradise in the South Pacific. We spent about a week on the small island of Aitutaki. We rented a little house on the beach that was just perfect. Aitutaki is known all over the world because of the amazing Lagoon that surrounds it's islands. It was quite a sight to fly over it and actually see a reef that encircles all of the islands and vivid turquoise blue water inside. As one would imagine, the snorkelling can't be beat! We have been feasting on fruit right from the tree; mangoes,...

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Sep 29, 2006 - We Made It!

Good Morning! It is 6:00am in Rarotonga and the rooster chorus has begun. I can make out about 7 individual calls near our cottage at Aroanui this morning, and there is a big fat red and brown right under my bedroom window that is especially happy about today's sunrise. I've been sleeping for 11 hours. We started out on Wednesday with 8 hours of waiting in the terminal at LAX... it was really boring, but the kids did a good job of entertaining themselves with the computer and books. At 11:30pm we boarded our Air New Zealand flight to...

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Sep 4, 2006 - Hello from a Pacific Paradise

Adding this from a wee internet cafe in Rarotonga, so sorry, no piccies, but we will add some more when we get to NZ....(18/10/06....added some photos today) After Whistler we had 3 days in Vancouver City. It is a beautiful city with beaches and a huge park. We met up with our friends the Meikles for a great trip to the Aquarium which is world class. Col, also had a session in Mountain Equpment Co-Op. For those of you who know it you can imagine the visa-bill. From Vancouver we flew on the 26th Aug to San Francisco. We didn't see much of...

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Gilmour Four on Tour

Jul 2, 2006 - Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rarotonga, Cook Islands - A Tiny South Pacific Island Paradise Although Rarotonga is the largest most populated island in the Cook Islands, you would never think of it as a busy place or the capital of a country. The island is often described as Hawaii about fifty years ago before tourism took hold. The roads are quiet, hotels are small, islanders are friendly and the laid back pace is sure to lull you into a relaxed, peaceful state of mind. Best of all, Rarotonga is easily accessible from North America with Air New Zealand and a great...

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