Paradise #2 (circa 1977)

Trip Start Nov 10, 2010
Trip End May 22, 2011

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Flag of Cook Islands  , Southern Cook Islands,
Saturday, January 15, 2011

On day four in the Cook Islands we flew out to Aitutaki on a little Air Rarotonga plane.

The main island of Aitutaki is only about 5km long and less than 2km wide and it has fourteen further tiny islands in the most beatiful blue lagoon all around. Whilst our accomodation was a little retro and services on the island were very few and far between we spent three enjoyable days walking, swimming or cycling around the island and out cruising in the lagoon. I think we might have gone mad on day four or five but three was about right.

We were happy to find that we were sharing our beach hut with a family of geckos but whilst they kept the mosquitos under control indoors, the mossies had a field day every time we stepped outside.

We attended a traditional island night and after enjoying the professional dancing show were able to embarrass ourselves by having a go - no photos exist thank goodness!

We decided to take our Scuba Dive out here where we suspected they would be a little less uptight about regulation and liability when it came to beginner dives. This hunch proved to be right. We felt perfectly safe and well looked after throughout but within 45 minutes of our hotel pick-up we were entering the water about 50m outside the coral reef and decending a total of 16.8m to the sea bed. Down there we saw a wide variety of fish including unicorn fish, blue maomao and butterfly fish, played with ghost coral (which changes colur from brown to white when you touch it) and were able not only to see but to pet a 5ft long Green Sea Turtle. An incredible diving experience was rounded off by a hot cup of Milo on the boat and cheese and tomato toasties back on shore.

Distance travelled: 260 km by air
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