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Travel Blogs from Aitutaki
... water Tai took us down to Akaiami Island. This was to see the ruins of the wharf built to service the TEAL Solent flying boats that used to land in the lagoon to refuel. You can actually stay right beside it at Gina’s Akaiami Beach Lodge (http://www.akaiami.net/).
And that was it. Tai went into a bit of a spiel about the flying boats and that was the most he spoke all day.
I’d really been looking forward to today. We’d tried ...
... needs to fly inter-island does so aboard 18 passenger Bandeirante turbo prop planes. The tradition of giving ei (flower necklaces) on arrival and departure is alive and well on raro and even moreso on the outer islands. This was the same when we arrived on Raro...and there was "Jake" with his guitar and Island music too!.
... around some more. It’s lunch break, island style.
The rain breaks and we stop at Koru for a coffee and meet Larry – a regular TA poster. He’s hungry for conversation and we spend some time hearing out his view and history of the island.
We decide to try our luck at Aitutaki Lagoon Resort. Over on the ferry and at 2pm in the afternoon they try to charge us the $50 daily access fee. The manner in which it is done is complete rudeness and ...
... sit it out. Lesson two for today – wait for showers to pass, we’re on Island Time.
All the way to the other end of the island, about 10 minutes, we climb Maunga Pu and marvel at the 360 degree view. Its worth the walk. If you were a keen and able rider you could take your scooter almost all the way up but I think we’re both feeling a bit guilty at Jim n Annies glowing health.
Fit n trim from our mountain ...
... round you all up after we go snorkelling, you’ll be ok.” We are completely reassured.
Our first snorkel spot leaves us a little underwhelmed, though the giant calms are pretty cool, and giant. Not as good as Paolo deep at Samoa.
We wander around on a few sandy atolls and discover the local wildlife. We stop for an exceptional lunch cooked by Mrs Capn (Tutu) Puna and assisted by their son, First Mate Puna on One Foot Island. First Mate ...