Ground hog day.....
Trip Start Nov 16, 2008
32Trip End Feb 07, 2009
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Going back in time was a bit surreal but why oh why oh why oh why........ do they make you land at midnight on this beautiful island..... maybe they are hiding something..... maybe there's a big rubbish tip, or a nuclear warhead station..... or a drug den that you can view from the sky?? Oh well..... I'll leave my imagination to myself and tell you all about the Cooks shall I?
It was a toss up between doing a visit to the Aitituki Island or doing our advanced divers course...... but at $400 each to get in a plane to see a pretty lagoon it was no contest.... especially when you can't predict the weather out here. But it was a fine choice. With one operator offering the trips we decided not to give our hard earned cash to a organisation that has monopoliced the market
Instead, we did some great diving and with weather changing on us after the first 3 days..... there was no better place to be when it rains and that's underwater. If you are ever wondering what the diving is like in the cook islands then my advice is just do it!! It doesn't have the coral colours that you could find in the Red Sea or in Thailand, and it doesn't have a huge variety of fish.... but what fish they do have are pretty cool...however, what really makes the Cook Islands good for diving is the visibility..... we have never seen anything like it. 50 metres was probably the worst but at times it was up to about 80 metres.... great for spotting the white tip reef sharks we saw swimming in the distance. Good visibility also makes doing a course out here a bit easier because with the navigation exercises you can almost see where you are supposed to end up!
We dived with a company called "Dive Raratonga" and they were brilliant (there's your plug guys) and they even picked us up from our apartments. Not too difficult to do seen as the whole road that goes around Raratonga is about 32km altogether. Funniest thing was that they have actually named one of the fish Tommy (picture attached). Every time they dive down Tommy seems to find them as he knows that they are about to find him a sea urchin to consume for his dinner!
With the rain gushing down for 6 days out of the 9 we were there all we ended up doing was snorkelling, watching copius amounts of 24 (got through series 3 and 4) and diving..... but then the oceans decided to get rough just as we were thinking about doing a couple of extra dives....booooooooo!!
Also met up with another couple from NZ who were also on their honeymoon.... Daniel and Naomi (hello) and went to visit one of the local evenings where they have the traditional Cook Island dancing. Those girls shake their bums faster than a rabbit having sex on speed (not that I know this of course!!).
One thing that did take us by surprise was the price of food. You would spend in a supermarket here twice that of what you would spend back home..... ah well.... our budget had already gone out of the window so it was take aways and restaurants all the way!!
Cook Islands certainly gave us the tranquility and peace that we so desired...... more so as there is no mobile phone coverage and very little internet coverage. They even only have one TV channel..... pure bliss!!!