Monday, March 23, 2009

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

On Sunday the 15th we flew to the island of Aitutaki. We rented a two bedroom villa on the beach which we shared with Pam for the next six nights.

Aitutaki is a small island with 15 tiny islets all surrounded by a coral reef which creates a beautiful lagoon of various shades of blue.

The beaches on these islands are considered to be some of the most beautiful in the world.

This photo is of one of the outer islands in the lagoon seen as we were flying in. The top of the photo is the open ocean

The day we landed it was overcast and raining. It remained that way for the first two days and rain was forecasted for the entire week.

Fortunately the sky cleared on Tuesday night and we had great weather from then on.

Here's Dave getting off the plane in Aitutaki.

Christianity was introduced to the islands in the early 1820's and is a very important part of the islanders lives. This is an old Church in the town of Arutanga.

There were beautiful gardens at Aretai Beach Villas, the place we were staying. Kelly took a few photos of some of the flowers.

This is the villa we were staying in. We snorkeled and kayaked right out our front door.

Here we are riding in the back of a truck on the way to the wharf. We did a lagoon cruise on Wednesday with Aitutaki Adventures.
It was an awesome day of snorkeling and checking out some of the islands in the lagoon.

Here's Dave snorkeling in the lagoon. We saw loads of fish and giant clams.
Unfortunately these photos don't do justice to the color of the water. It was so clear and a beautiful indigo blue.

Dave coming up for a rest.

Kelly & Dave on Honeymoon Island.

This island, Moturakau was used during "Survivor: Cook Islands".

Here's Kelly & Pam checking out one of the huts from Survivor on Moturakau.

The island of Moturakau

Kelly & Dave on Moturakau

Dave on the island of Tapuaetai, also known as One Foot Island. This is where we stopped for lunch.

Kelly in the lagoon at One Foot Island.

Kelly, Pam & Dave on One Foot Island.

Dave & Kelly on One Foot Island. That's our boat in the background.

Our boat from Aitutaki Adventures.

Kelly & Pam enjoying cocktails on our deck.

Dave on the beach at sunset.

Sunset from our place on Amuri Beach.

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