Kiwi surprise in the Cook Islands

Trip Start Sep 25, 2009
Trip End Dec 01, 2009

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Flag of Cook Islands  , Southern Cook Islands,
Thursday, October 15, 2009

I was in for a surprise today when I stepped off the tender and discovered all the traffic flowing in the opposite direction.  I thought we were still visiting French Polynesia and I quickly realized this was not the case.  The first native islanders that I heard speaking had a beautiful New Zealand lilt to their voices as well.

Rarotonga boasts beautiful scenery and breathtaking volcanic cliffs covered with palms and other vegetation.  It looks like something right out of The Lost World or Jurassic Park.

The warm, friendly locals delighted us immensely and it was a pleasure visiting the Cook Islands.  Thankfully the clouds in the sky today kept the heat factor lower, but unfortunately I still found myself burned to a crisp...sigh.

Hope you enjoy the images from this day, I enjoyed making them.
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