Sunday, February 10, 2008

Cook Islands here I come!

Well, my sister and I booked our holiday to the Cook Islands Thursday night. We're leaving on 13th September and arriving back home on 26th September. Flying Air New Zealand and staying five nights at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, three nights at The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa which are both sister resorts, and then six nights at the Pacific Resort.

The Rarotongan and Pacific are both on Rarotonga, the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort is about a 40 minute flight north of Rarotonga. It's just off Aitutaki on it's own small island called Akitua. It's the only accommodation on that island and we've got a free upgrade to a beachfront bungalow. The waters there are supposed to be as blue as you see in the travel brochures. We'll probably do a cruise round to other islands in the area. One of them's called One Foot Island, and there's not much on it except limited accommodation and a Post Office. It's a must see so I'm told.

Beach on one of Aitutaki's motu Rapota

If this is a picture of what to expect, then I'm already getting excited. How relaxing does this look?

From Rarotonga we will probably do a day tour of the island. There's a bus service that goes clockwise and anti-clockwise round the island at regular intervals. This will be handy if we want to go to other areas, including the main shopping part of town, on our own.

Plenty of swimming, sunbaking, snorkeling, kayaking, and walking to do. We can go at our own pace and have an enjoyable, relaxing holiday. The weather will certainly be warmer than home, so that alone can't be a bad thing. The countdown begins...

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