In April 2008 Begonia and I enjoyed our first overseas holiday together in the Cook Islands.
We left Sydney on Sunday 6th April and flew to the main Island of Rarotonga where we spent three days at the Rarotongan Beach Resort. It was very nice , but was only a taste of what was to come. We spent our first day relaxing at the resort – some snorkeling, the odd cocktail etc. The next day we headed into the main town of Avarua for a bit of a look around and some Black Pearl shopping. On our last day we headed over to Muri beach to do the Geocache on the Island and then a swim at a nearby beach.
We then flew over to the Island of Aitutaki and spent three days at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort where we discovered paradise. The resort is actually on it’s own private Island called Akitua which is reached by a ferry. There were only about 40 guests at the resort while we were there, and coupled with the perfect weather it was an amazing relaxing few days.
On the first evening we went on a sunset cruise with one other couple before enjoying a five course dinner. On the second night we had an Umu (like a New Zealand Hāngi) feast following by some traditional dancing. One our last day we went on a cruise of the Lagoon which included a snorkeling stop and a BBQ lunch on One Foot Island we found another geocache.
Before coming home we spent three days in Auckland where we did some sight seeing, shopping and caching. After a week of lovely warm sunny weather in the Cook Islands Auckland turned on some typical wet weather which helped prepare us for the cold, wet autumn weather we were to get when we got home.
You can check out some photos from the trip in my Gallery