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Tiki Central Forums Tiki Travel Cook Islands 2010 - Rarotonga
Cook Islands 2010 - Rarotonga
bongofury
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1550
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2010-06-29 7:38 pm   Permalink

We booked our trip in February 2 days before 5 cyclones hit the islands. Rarotonga had some damage but Aitutaki took the biggest hit (more pix on that island later). We returned to the Rarotonga Beach Bungalows with friends...highly recommended. New Zealand Air is great. They do not charge for baggage (unless over 50lbs-2 each allowed) or the free flowing booze. Personal screens on each seat for veiwing movies, tv, and music. I think they just raised the $750.00 rt to $835.00.....still a great deal.

There is a new terminal for arrivals with a duty free liquor shop that had Havana Club silver for $20.00 NZ (about $15.00 U.S.) and Havana Club Anejo for $22.00. I recommend buying it there before customs as I only saw Bacardi, Captain Morgan's, etc in the markets in town. We also brought a couple bottles of Zaya from the States.






Again the fish,fruits, and vegetables were excellent. This was a roadside stand 5 minute walk down the road



There is great art to be seen in galleries and hotels around the island



Lots of life in the lagoon

















Noni fruit....lots of healing power. I rubbed some of this on a very bad rash/infection. Was completely gone in 5 days. We were told that the plant has 122 beneficial substances that when pasturized for import to the states leaves only 20% of them.









More to come...












 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8965
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2010-06-29 11:13 pm   Permalink

Very Nice,
thanks for posting Ron.

Jeff(btd)



 
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
Posts: 6920
From: Tujunga
Posted: 2010-06-29 11:33 pm   Permalink

Dammit! You forgot to take GROG!

 
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Hibiscus
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
Posts: 210
From: Boston-ish
Posted: 2010-06-30 06:43 am   Permalink

Great photos - thanks for posting! I went in '97 and really enjoyed it. The Aitutaki lagoon is one of the most beautiful, pristine lagoons I've ever seen.

Looking forward to seeing more!


 
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Sophista-tiki
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Joined: Sep 13, 2005
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From: Seattle WA
Posted: 2010-07-03 7:52 pm   Permalink

More please its making me feel at home and peaceful

 
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bongofury
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1550
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2010-07-05 09:42 am   Permalink

We were able to find more rum....


































Winter in the South Pacific brought big waves to the outer reef . Daytime temp 82... night 72















Favorite dinner was the swordfish at the Windjammer....lunch at Pa's house after the nature walk, smoked tuna with loacl veggies


























That was from the nature walk with 70 year old Pa....he also does the cross island trek... both recommended





























































Next stop Aitutaki....






 
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2010-07-05 10:13 am   Permalink

Damn, that all looks exactly like the paradise in my head!

 
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Hibiscus
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
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From: Boston-ish
Posted: 2010-07-05 7:13 pm   Permalink

So glad to see Pa is still doing his thing! He's a cool guy.

Your pictures are fantastic - they bring back some lovely memories.


 
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christiki295
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2010-07-05 7:27 pm   Permalink

Wow!

 
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cheekytiki
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Joined: Mar 09, 2004
Posts: 1091
From: The Haole Hut, London, UK
Posted: 2010-07-06 12:56 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-07-05 19:13, Hibiscus wrote:
So glad to see Pa is still doing his thing! He's a cool guy.




I thought the same thing when I saw that photo.
Did any of you get to meet Piri "The Coconut King"?


 
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virani
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
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From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2010-07-06 01:33 am   Permalink

awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing. That's one of the place I'd love to visit...

 
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bongofury
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2010-07-09 1:45 pm   Permalink

Thanks all.....did not meet the coconut king......




Aitutaki



























The lagoon here is huge! Will add some more next week.


 
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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2010-07-09 2:01 pm   Permalink

Awesome pics Ron , looks like a dream trip .Thanks for sharing .

 
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theharry
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Joined: Jul 26, 2010
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Posted: 2010-07-26 08:35 am   Permalink

Thanks for posting these great pictures. Unfortunately I have never been there but I would love to visit this wonderful island. Hopefully I can realize this journey soon. I absolutely like the last picture with the tortoise on it. I would love to see such an animal in real life.

 
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Hibiscus
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
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From: Boston-ish
Posted: 2010-07-26 1:19 pm   Permalink

Whoa, fantastic shots! The Aitutaki lagoon is second only to Bora Bora's in my opinion. Gorgeous! Thanks for posting.

 
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