Samade on the Beach
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... off the beach, each with its own rainbow-colony of tropical fish (sorry about this (I'm not really)). - My personal favourite of these is still the Picasso Triggerfish, which, as his name suggests, looks as though someone has thrown a whole paint pallette at a rather surprised looking fish, and then had a go with some spray cans and stencils afterwards. There are some notable absentees from last time, - there are far fewer blue starfish, only a few large, black hermit ...
... the Boat Shed for lunch. Fish n chips and Grilled Ham n cheese with pineapple plus 4 Coronas for $62.50
I ducked into Koru Cafe to look at the souvenirs. Nice small selection of local crafts. A cool mahogany (Tamanu) wood carving of the island for only $20 and a local made pareo with 'Aitutaki" imprinted on it for $25. Cute little cards and books. I felt like I avoided the "made in China" problem here.
... and someone will come to take your order. We highly recommend the fish burgers. We didn't try the pizza.
Then we headed up to the high point of the island. It took some figuring and negotiating on our scooter. The "roads" aren't really roads as much as mowed paths. But we found our way and at the base of the tower, you park and walk the remaining way. Super views of the lagoon and motus.
The previous photos are of the airport prior to the cyclone...it has since been updated a bit as you will see in this entry.
And yes..we were greeted by our hosts and welcomed with eis as is the tradition.
Our property managers are a lovely couple...she is from Aitutaki and he is from New Zealand. Mama Tutapu is related to most ...
We're publishing this early since tomorrow is Easter Monday and we should have thought of this more when booking our flight. Easter is a big deal so most everything has been shut down since before Good Friday... We fly today to Aitutaki.
Air Rarotonga is the only commercial air service in all of the Cook Islands...this means that ...