And the pace gets slower with shells that walk

Trip Start May 13, 2010
Trip End May 12, 2011

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Flag of Cook Islands  , Southern Cook Islands,
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Aitutaki the island with no food.

The flight over to Aitutaki was good, the second smallest plane we have been on after the Belize flight from Placencia to Belize city. So there were just 13 of us on the plane, the pilot and the co pilot. Not a lot to see on the way apart from sea, but when we got to Aitutaki the views of the lagoon were really stunning, the water looked an amazing colour.

So when we got here the girl that helps run the ranginui's retreat met us with garlands of flowers and drove us to the resort.

Included in the price of the place is the hire of a scooter for the 2 weeks, and it is ok , a bit bettered but better that than paying $25 a day for a nice new shiny one, and you don’t mind hitting a few pot holes or doing a bit of off roading on an old one.

After a while we decided to go to the town and get some shopping. Well that was a bit harder than we thought, we found the town easily enough, shops with food was a bit more tricky. First shop we went into didn’t have any meat at all and just a few spuds and onions, so we decided to try one of the other shops, by the time we got to the third shop we were beginning to get the idea that there was not a lot of food to buy on the island, and what there was, was going to be expensive.

Anyway after visiting a few places we managed to get some Beef mince and a jar of sauce and some pasta. We also managed to get some wine and beer and a few nibbles, in all we spent about 50 and probably have enough to last us a couple of days at the most.

The cabin is fine , a bit basic but then it is cheap and with a free scooter it is a real bargain.

We will go off exploring the island tomorrow and possibly take out one of the Kayaks and visit some of the islands just off the end of the lagoon where we are.

Seems the island got hit quite bad in February this year with a typhoon, a lot of the houses were damaged and haven’t been repaired.

Steve, the guy that runs this place is an Aussie with a sense of humour. We asked about the Kyaks and if there was a life jacket for Milo, he said there wasn’t but in his Aussie accent he sad "yer be alright, can yer float about for a bit? It’s quite shallow so if you fall in stand up before you start shouting, yer be alright" , but he did say he would get one in the end so hopefully he will.

Going to see if we can borrow some fishing gear and catch us some food as there doesn’t seem to be any fresh fish in the shops. Very strange for an island in the middle of the pacific ocean that is full of fish.

Next day

Went to explore the island a bit more today, there are some nice empty beaches round by the airport, they look good for a bit of snorkelling. We then set off through the town to the far side of the island. It was quite sad, there are so many houses that have been destroyed by the typhoon and the families still living in part of a house with no roof, or living in a tent on their land. It looks like quite a lot of them have had containers (like the ones you see on the lorries) delivered to their homes, I guess it is to put all their belongings and furniture in while they wait to get their house repaired. Despite this devastation all round everybody we passed along the way had a great big smile and a wave for us as we drove past them. It must be so hard to live here prices in the shops are really high and I am not certain there is much land where crops can be grown, a lot of the land looks really sandy, but then i guess that’s what you get on a desert island in the middle of the ocean.

Had a little paddle in the kayak today still no live vest for Milo so she had to wait on the shore. The weather is quite a bit warmer here than it was on Rarotonga, seems odd as it’s only 50 mins flight away and still in the tropics.

Next day Sunday.

Well it is supposed to be the day of rest, and that is what we did. It rained a bit overnignt, and woke us up a couple of times, as it sounded like a train on the roof of our cabin. Then at about 10:00 just as we were thinking of getting out on the bike it started raining again and it rained continually for the next 12 hours. Steve (the owner of Ranginui) will be pleased he said his water was getting a bit low, well it got topped up today. So we sat and read and listened to music (when we could hear it over the sound of the rain), Milo finished a whole book today, then said it was a load of rubbish.

Hope it is a better day tomorrow.

Monday, it was a lot better today.

Had another ride round the island and found a nice supermarket with loads of stuff in, all the locals were shopping there, so that’s our shopping sorted from now on. Then we had a really long walk on the beach, it was really good, lots of fish in the shallows, will come back and do some snorkelling in this area another day.

On the way back we met a guy from Norfolk who now lives in New Zealand. We got talking and when we told him we were heading to NZ in a few weeks from now he said we should visit him in Wellington, could be good, he is a bit of a raconteur, a bit like Stephen Fry.

Steve has got a lifejacket for Milo so we can go out in the Kayak tomorrow.


We had the most amazing storm last night, loudest thunder we have ever heard, wow!
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