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Cook Islands - June 2006

Kia orana (may you live long) from the Cook Islands!
Kia orana (may you live long) from the Cook Islands!
Layover in Tahiti
Layover in Tahiti
Faaa airport in Papeete, Tahiti
Faaa airport in Papeete, Tahiti
Dan laying over
Dan laying over
Thirteen hours from LAX we arrive to the Cooks!
Thirteen hours from LAX we arrive to the Cooks!
Deplaning in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Deplaning in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Dan got eied (they can't be bothered with the L here)
Dan got eied (they can't be bothered with the "L" here)
Madi got eied, too
Madi got eied, too
RAR airport. Slightly bigger than SBA
RAR airport. Slightly bigger than SBA
Home for the next week: Rarotonga Beach Bungalows
Home for the next week: Rarotonga Beach Bungalows
A totara (puffer fish) guarding the Totara Lounge
A totara (puffer fish) guarding the Totara Lounge
Decor in the Totara lounge
Decor in the Totara lounge
Tupa (crab) bungalow
Tupa (crab) bungalow
Our outside seating area
Our outside seating area
Our lounge chair area
Our lounge chair area
Our porch
Our porch
Our breakfast spot
Our breakfast spot
Our side garden
Our side garden
Inside Tupa bungalow
Inside Tupa bungalow
Inside Tupa bungalow
Inside Tupa bungalow
Inside Tupa bungalow
Inside Tupa bungalow
Inside Tupa bungalow
Inside Tupa bungalow
Paddles everywhere
Paddles everywhere
Inside Tupa bungalow
Inside Tupa bungalow
Satellite TV with 3 channels! Serious, the locals were jealous
Satellite TV with 3 channels! Serious, the locals were jealous
Inside Tupa bungalow
Inside Tupa bungalow
The coolest shower rack in the world
The coolest shower rack in the world
Shh...sneaking up on Dan in the garden shower
Shh...sneaking up on Dan in the garden shower
Our garden shower
Our garden shower
Our garden shower
Our garden shower
Our garden shower
Our garden shower
The view from our porch
The view from our porch
The beach outside Raro Beach Bungalows
The beach outside Raro Beach Bungalows
View to the left
View to the left
More view to the left
More view to the left
View to the right
View to the right
Holding hands over a fallen coconut
Holding hands over a fallen coconut
Offshore coral keeps the waves offshore
Offshore coral keeps the waves offshore
Etu moana (blue starfish)
Etu moana (blue starfish)
Pretty flowers
Pretty flowers
M is for marriage
M is for marriage
More beautiful beach as we trek eastward
More beautiful beach as we trek eastward
Roughing it
Roughing it
Matu rori (sea cucumber). Supposedly the locals squeeze the raw innards out and eat 'em. Ick.
Matu rori (sea cucumber). Supposedly the locals squeeze the raw innards out and eat 'em. Ick.
Pretty neighboring bungalows
Pretty neighboring bungalows
Dan gets his feet wet
Dan gets his feet wet
More beautiful coastline
More beautiful coastline
More pretty flowers
More pretty flowers
And more beautiful coastline
And more beautiful coastline
Our view all afternoon as we laze on the beach
Our view all afternoon as we laze on the beach
Waiting for the hourly clockwise Raro by Night bus
Waiting for the hourly clockwise Raro by Night bus
Island night at Staircase
Island night at Staircase
Demonstration of local dances
Demonstration of local dances
Pawpaw for breakfast
Pawpaw for breakfast
Pawpaw = papaya and it's yummy!
Pawpaw = papaya and it's yummy!
Another day, another day at the beach
Another day, another day at the beach
Preparing to lounge
Preparing to lounge
First, a quick swim
First, a quick swim
The water is perfect!
The water is perfect!
Dan tries out the kayak
Dan tries out the kayak
Off he goes...
Off he goes...
And keeps going...
And keeps going...
And going (I can't even see him anymore)...
And going (I can't even see him anymore)...
All the way to the wave break!
All the way to the wave break!
Finally, Dan heads back for shore
Finally, Dan heads back for shore
Dan heads back for shore
Dan heads back for shore
Dan makes it back to shore
Dan makes it back to shore
Phew
Phew
A huge etu moana!
A huge etu moana!
The Avarua government building
The Avarua government building
There's even a 3-screen movie theater. Now playing: Date Movie and Ice Age 2
There's even a 3-screen movie theater. Now playing: Date Movie and Ice Age 2
First infamous short-legged dog sighting
First infamous short-legged dog sighting
Canoe hangar
Canoe hangar
Trader Jack's, owned by Avarua harbour master J.H. Cooper - The Trader
Trader Jack's, owned by Avarua harbour master J.H. Cooper - "The Trader"
Umm...I think this is the extent of the Raro harbor!
Umm...I think this is the extent of the Raro harbor!
Dan on the deck of Trader Jack's
Dan on the deck of Trader Jack's
Star fruit (not as tasty as pawpaw)
Star fruit (not as tasty as pawpaw)
5:23 pm - two sets of canoers head out clockwise
5:23 pm - two sets of canoers head out clockwise
More canoers head out to catch the sunset
More canoers head out to catch the sunset
Off he goes
Off he goes
Our first Raro sunset (we were on the wrong side of the island last night)
Our first Raro sunset (we were on the wrong side of the island last night)
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Kids playing on a Survivor challenge platform
Kids playing on a Survivor challenge platform
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
6:11 pm - the canoers return from the other direction
6:11 pm - the canoers return from the other direction
That's just 48 minutes to circle the island
That's just 48 minutes to circle the island
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
Seafood pizza: smoked fish, calamari, shrimp, mussels (my first and second-to-last), shredded crab, and fish pieces...yum!
Seafood pizza: smoked fish, calamari, shrimp, mussels (my first and second-to-last), shredded crab, and fish pieces...yum!
Lucky's cat hanging out on our porch...there are way more dogs than cats on this island
Lucky's cat hanging out on our porch...there are way more dogs than cats on this island
Ah...*this* is the harbor
Ah...*this* is the harbor
The port
The port
The port
The port
Port Authority
Port Authority
Ministry of Transport
Ministry of Transport
Containers
Containers
Miss Mataroa
Miss Mataroa
A huge container ship arrives for the day
A huge container ship arrives for the day
Cruise ship by the 1916 wreck of the SS Maitai
Cruise ship by the 1916 wreck of the SS Maitai
This cruise comes through every two weeks...next stop Bora Bora!
This cruise comes through every two weeks...next stop Bora Bora!
Punanga Nui Saturday morning market
Punanga Nui Saturday morning market
The market
The market
The market
The market
August 21, 1998 - To commemorate the opening of the Punanga Nui by the New Zealand high commissioner to the Cook Islands
August 21, 1998 - To commemorate the opening of the Punanga Nui by the New Zealand high commissioner to the Cook Islands
In appreciation of Ausaid, the People's Republic of China, and the Catholic Commission for Justice and Development
In appreciation of Ausaid, the People's Republic of China, and the Catholic Commission for Justice and Development
Coconut rolls...yum!
Coconut rolls...yum!
Cook-style coffee sleeve
Cook-style coffee sleeve
Big and beautiful
Big and beautiful
Shorty dog at the market
Shorty dog at the market
Fresh fish (the branch is to swat the flies away)
Fresh fish (the branch is to swat the flies away)
White hibiscus
White hibiscus
Tangaroa, the Polynesian icon of the sea and fertility (view him from the front to see why!)
Tangaroa, the Polynesian icon of the sea and fertility (view him from the front to see why!)
Another shorty dog
Another shorty dog
Small dogs need a small SPCA
Small dogs need a small SPCA
Meatco, for all your meat needs
Meatco, for all your meat needs
Seven-in-one coconut tree...found on the island of Takutea and replanted here
Seven-in-one coconut tree...found on the island of Takutea and replanted here
Another shorty dog
Another shorty dog
Dan looking pious in front of CICC (Cook Islands Christian Church)
Dan looking pious in front of CICC (Cook Islands Christian Church)
Super old tombstones at CICC
Super old tombstones at CICC
Super old tombstones at CICC
Super old tombstones at CICC
CICC is made entirely of coral
CICC is made entirely of coral
Cycling to the Cooks vs. Tonga rugby game
Cycling to the Cooks vs. Tonga rugby game
Cycling to the Cooks vs. Tonga rugby game
Cycling to the Cooks vs. Tonga rugby game
Why the chicken crossed the road: to escape the 100,000 annoying roosters in the yard
Why the chicken crossed the road: to escape the 100,000 annoying roosters in the yard
Tereora Stadium
Tereora Stadium
The opening kiddie game
The opening kiddie game
The Cook Islanders take the field to practice
The Cook Islanders take the field to practice
Tonga takes the practice field...check out those crazy coaches' outfits
Tonga takes the practice field...check out those crazy coaches' outfits
Tonga warming up
Tonga warming up
A helicopter arrives
A helicopter arrives
This is the first time a helicopter has landed in the stadium
This is the first time a helicopter has landed in the stadium
Cargo onboard: the prime minister and Miss Cook Islands 2006
Cargo onboard: the prime minister and Miss Cook Islands 2006
The PM and Miss CI both live in Rarotonga, but I guess they need to arrive in style
The PM and Miss CI both live in Rarotonga, but I guess they need to arrive in style
The helicopter lands
The helicopter lands
The prime minister deplanes (decopters?)
The prime minister deplanes (decopters?)
The PM is greeted by a crazy man
The PM is greeted by a crazy man
Miss CI 2006 deplanes
Miss CI 2006 deplanes
She and her posse join the party
She and her posse join the party
Off goes the helicopter
Off goes the helicopter
The PM and Miss CI don't get to leave by copter
The PM and Miss CI don't get to leave by copter
Away she goes...
Away she goes...
A prayer for the home team and a curse on the visiting team
A prayer for the home team and a curse on the visiting team
Everyone lines up for the national anthems
Everyone lines up for the national anthems
Team Cook Islands
Team Cook Islands
Team Tonga
Team Tonga
Team hug
Team hug
Tonga's haka (war dance thingy)
Tonga's haka (war dance thingy)
Our haka is better (except for that dude who fell down)
Our haka is better (except for that dude who fell down)
Game on!
Game on!
The score is about 30 to 3, Tonga :(
The score is about 30 to 3, Tonga :(
Maybe Peter Dean's South Pacific doppelganger can save the day
Maybe Peter Dean's South Pacific doppelganger can save the day
SP PD prepares to sub in
SP PD prepares to sub in
And he's in...time to save the day!
And he's in...time to save the day!
Cooks get the ball back
Cooks get the ball back
The stands are packed
The stands are packed
Pancakes with ice cream and chocolate sauce...the perfect rugby snack
Pancakes with ice cream and chocolate sauce...the perfect rugby snack
The drum section (they drum for every score)
The drum section (they drum for every score)
I just love those Tonga coach outfits
I just love those Tonga coach outfits
So chic
So chic
More rugby
More rugby
More rugby
More rugby
More rugby
More rugby
More rugby
More rugby
More rugby
More rugby
Crazy tattoos...must be from New Zealand
Crazy tattoos...must be from New Zealand
And it's over...77 Tonga, 10 Cook Islands
And it's over...77 Tonga, 10 Cook Islands
A final prayer
A final prayer
Miss Cook Islands 2006 stuck it out 'till the bitter end
Miss Cook Islands 2006 stuck it out 'till the bitter end
Shorty dog outside the game
Shorty dog outside the game
Uh oh...clouds rolling in
Uh oh...clouds rolling in
But it's still nice out
But it's still nice out
It's getting pretty stormy
It's getting pretty stormy
Rainy day means time to crack the complimentary champagne
Rainy day means time to crack the complimentary champagne
Mimosas on the porch
Mimosas on the porch
And World Cup on the TV!
And World Cup on the TV!
Sunday night BBQ at the Pawpaw Patch
Sunday night BBQ at the Pawpaw Patch
Cloudy, but not rainy today
Cloudy, but not rainy today
Cloudy, but still beautiful
Cloudy, but still beautiful
Definitely walking weather
Definitely walking weather
Sea bird. I dunno what it is, but I'm glad it's anything but a rooster
Sea bird. I dunno what it is, but I'm glad it's anything but a rooster
Shells today, snacks and jewellery tomorrow
Shells today, snacks and jewellery tomorrow
Oh neat: normal-legged dogs
Oh neat: normal-legged dogs
After a quick fight over me, I get to keep the tan one for the walk
After a quick fight over me, I get to keep the tan one for the walk
Walking toward Muri beach
Walking toward Muri beach
Muri beach
Muri beach
More Muri beach
More Muri beach
A motu offshore
A motu offshore
Coral is pretty, but you can't take it from the beach
Coral is pretty, but you can't take it from the beach
Same goes for shells
Same goes for shells
Few cows on the island means milk comes in cans
Few cows on the island means milk comes in cans
Tramping along Muri beach
Tramping along Muri beach
Uh oh - two new normal-legged dogs
Uh oh - two new normal-legged dogs
Taakoka motu
Taakoka motu
My dog meets the new dogs
My dog meets the new dogs
And the new dogs battle it out
And the new dogs battle it out
My dog doesn't participate
My dog doesn't participate
A perfect chance for me to escape
A perfect chance for me to escape
Sheesh...as soon as I ditch the dogs, I collect two new ones. Where are all these big dogs coming from?
Sheesh...as soon as I ditch the dogs, I collect two new ones. Where are all these big dogs coming from?
And then as soon as I pawn the new dogs off on an unsuspecting New Zealander, two more approach!
And then as soon as I pawn the new dogs off on an unsuspecting New Zealander, two more approach!
The dogs go in search of lunch
The dogs go in search of lunch
The dogs look for fish
The dogs look for fish
No luck so far
No luck so far
Finally, my moment to escape
Finally, my moment to escape
One tracked me down to the bungalow
One tracked me down to the bungalow
One bookstore on the island
One bookstore on the island
Those short legs get tired quickly!
Those short legs get tired quickly!
Lunch at Whatever
Lunch at Whatever
Mini (yeah, right) fish burger...yum
Mini (yeah, right) fish burger...yum
The cutest shorty dog yet
The cutest shorty dog yet
He's running away quickly, but it's hard to tell with those tiny legs!
He's running away quickly, but it's hard to tell with those tiny legs!
Dan's favorite rock face
Dan's favorite rock face
I think this means keep left, you dummy
I think this means "keep left, you dummy"
Look at the size of that beer
Look at the size of that beer
A curse upon the brother of all who photograph this site...oops, sorry Al!
"A curse upon the brother of all who photograph this site"...oops, sorry Al!
I never found out what a judder bar is
I never found out what a judder bar is
Neighboring city of Ngatangi'ia...we stayed in Titikaveka
Neighboring city of Ngatangi'ia...we stayed in Titikaveka
Another shy shorty...
Another shy shorty...
...aptly escaping down Smurf street
...aptly escaping down Smurf street
Super brown...for your shopping needs of any color
Super brown...for your shopping needs of any color
Tangaroa outside the Perfume Factory
Tangaroa outside the Perfume Factory
Cute public restrooms (well, cute on the outside at least)
Cute public restrooms (well, cute on the outside at least)
Fish and chips...yum
Fish and chips...yum
FBI fish and chips
FBI fish and chips
The failed Sheraton resort in Vaimaanga that temporarily bankrupted the islands
The failed Sheraton resort in Vaimaanga that temporarily bankrupted the islands
Drying out after a rainy bike ride
Drying out after a rainy bike ride
Island night at Edgewater
Island night at Edgewater
Jerri and Chet and a butter sculpture
Jerri and Chet and a butter sculpture
Hey, that's the same MC from the Staircase island night
Hey, that's the same MC from the Staircase island night
Honeymooners who were too slow to hide are called up on stage
Honeymooners who were too slow to hide are called up on stage
Island night
Island night
Island night
Island night
Island night
Island night
Island night
Island night
Island night
Island night
Sunrise...and clear skies!
Sunrise...and clear skies!
Sunrise...and clear skies!
Sunrise...and clear skies!
House of the queen's rep
House of the queen's rep
House of the queen's rep
House of the queen's rep
The queen's rep is conveniently next door to paintball
The queen's rep is conveniently next door to paintball
Takitumu conservation area
Takitumu conservation area
Apparently conservation does not start at home here (house behind the Takitumu sign)
Apparently conservation does not start at home here (house behind the Takitumu sign)
Wac that child (along with _low down and _c_ool ahead)
Wac that child (along with "_low down" and "_c_ool ahead")
Big J's
Big J's
Accommodations for every budget!
Accommodations for every budget!
Hi puppy! This explains all the tall dogs...they're breeding
Hi puppy! This explains all the tall dogs...they're breeding
CICC in Titikaveka
CICC in Titikaveka
CICC in Titikaveka
CICC in Titikaveka
I think this is a solar water heater...all the houses have 'em
I think this is a solar water heater...all the houses have 'em
Sun is almost up and the sky's still looking clear!
Sun is almost up and the sky's still looking clear!
Almost time to leave Raro...goodbye construction!
Almost time to leave Raro...goodbye construction!
One last visit to our beach
One last visit to our beach
Dan recycling
Dan recycling
Back at the airport, at the only gate
Back at the airport, at the only gate
How cute is the hand-written boarding pass?
How cute is the hand-written boarding pass?
Dan boarding the Saab to Aitutaki atoll
Dan boarding the Saab to Aitutaki atoll
Last glimpse of Rarotonga
Last glimpse of Rarotonga
Last look at the needle
Last look at the needle
So long Raro
So long Raro
First glimpse of Aitutaki
First glimpse of Aitutaki
So far, no Survivors in sight
So far, no Survivors in sight
Look at that blue water!
Look at that blue water!
The left side of the island
The left side of the island
The right side of the island
The right side of the island
Not much to it!
Not much to it!
Coming in for our landing
Coming in for our landing
View over Aitutaki
View over Aitutaki
Talk about a teeny airport!
Talk about a teeny airport!
Aitutaki airport
Aitutaki airport
Airport entertainment
Airport entertainment
Welcome to Aitutaki
Welcome to Aitutaki
Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas
Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas
View of Etu Moana from the beach
View of Etu Moana from the beach
Etu Moana
Etu Moana
Welcome to Villa (old no.) 7
Welcome to Villa (old no.) 7
Lovey shows us villa 7
Lovey shows us villa 7
Greeted with eis and coconut milk
Greeted with eis and coconut milk
Relaxing on the porch
Relaxing on the porch
Here's the pool
Here's the pool
Honeymoon bungalow apparently means no sitting room
Honeymoon bungalow apparently means no sitting room
And only 2 channels on this island, but we'll still get the World Cup
And only 2 channels on this island, but we'll still get the World Cup
Inside old no. 7
Inside old no. 7
Inside old no. 7
Inside old no. 7
Inside old no. 7
Inside old no. 7
Dan in the garden shower
Dan in the garden shower
Painting by local artist
Painting by local artist
The porch
The porch
The porch
The porch
I wish these pesky birds would eat more mosquitos...they're both EVERYWHERE
I wish these pesky birds would eat more mosquitos...they're both EVERYWHERE
Pool and poolside bar
Pool and poolside bar
*Happy* Tangaroa guarding the poolside honesty bar
*Happy* Tangaroa guarding the poolside honesty bar
View to the pool and beach
View to the pool and beach
View to the pool and beach
View to the pool and beach
Here's where we'll spend the afternoon
Here's where we'll spend the afternoon
Local hair
Local hair
Local hair
Local hair
This island is teeming with cats...probably due to the lack of dogs
This island is teeming with cats...probably due to the lack of dogs
I think the lack of dogs is also why there are so many icky matu rori here
I think the lack of dogs is also why there are so many icky matu rori here
Dinner at Cafe Tupuna...the best food the whole trip
Dinner at Cafe Tupuna...the best food the whole trip
Schmoopies at Cafe Tupuna
Schmoopies at Cafe Tupuna
Dan chilling at our beach
Dan chilling at our beach
The perfect spot for morning coffee
The perfect spot for morning coffee
The water is great!
The water is great!
Dan starts up the VL100T-3 for our around-the-island tour
Dan starts up the VL100T-3 for our around-the-island tour
Due to Survivor, much of the island is off limits...stupid Survivor
Due to Survivor, much of the island is off limits...stupid Survivor
One of the many many maps showing the locals where they're not allowed, thanks to Survivor
One of the many many maps showing the locals where they're not allowed, thanks to Survivor
The footbridge to the private motu Akitua was washed away in February
The footbridge to the private motu Akitua was washed away in February
The Lagoon Resort is the only thing on Akitua
The Lagoon Resort is the only thing on Akitua
View of the southside of the atoll from O'otu beach
View of the southside of the atoll from O'otu beach
View of Akitua from O'otu beach
View of Akitua from O'otu beach
More view of Akitua from O'otu beach
More view of Akitua from O'otu beach
Dan on O'otu beach
Dan on O'otu beach
Madi on O'otu beach
Madi on O'otu beach
Dan looking fly with motu 'Angari in the background
Dan looking fly with motu 'Angari in the background
Bishops has been completely commandeered by Survivor so we're waiting to find out who will take us on our lagoon cruise
Bishops has been completely commandeered by Survivor so we're waiting to find out who will take us on our lagoon cruise
Back onboard for the (partial) around-the-island tour
Back onboard for the (partial) around-the-island tour
There's the whole airport...no tower or nuthin!
There's the whole airport...no tower or nuthin!
Dan opens her up to 60 km/hr...that's fast here!
Dan "opens her up" to 60 km/hr...that's fast here!
CICC in Arutanga
CICC in Arutanga
This CICC is the first church in the Cooks, from 1828
This CICC is the first church in the Cooks, from 1828
Tall ship offshore
Tall ship offshore
The harbor
The harbor
Port authority building
Port authority "building"
Hi Gina!
Hi Gina!
Goats really know how to make you feel like popular
Goats really know how to make you feel like popular
Tautu wharf
Tautu wharf
Exploring the motu-ette off Tautu wharf
Exploring the motu-ette off Tautu wharf
Exploring the motu-ette off Tautu wharf
Exploring the motu-ette off Tautu wharf
Exploring the motu-ette off Tautu wharf
Exploring the motu-ette off Tautu wharf
Hike to the top of Maungapu
Hike to the top of Maungapu
Maungapu is the highest point on the island, but is only 124 meters up
Maungapu is the highest point on the island, but is only 124 meters up
View from the top of Maungapu
View from the top of Maungapu
View from the top of Maungapu
View from the top of Maungapu
View from the top of Maungapu
View from the top of Maungapu
View from the top of Maungapu
View from the top of Maungapu
View from the top of Maungapu
View from the top of Maungapu
Heading back down to do more tramping
Heading back down to do more tramping
View from the ridgeline tramping track
View from the ridgeline tramping track
View from the ridgeline tramping track
View from the ridgeline tramping track
View from the ridgeline tramping track
View from the ridgeline tramping track
View back up Maungapu
View back up Maungapu
View from the water tower
View from the water tower
View down to Arutanga (it's the biggest village on the island, but it's small!)
View down to Arutanga (it's the biggest village on the island, but it's small!)
View from the water tower
View from the water tower
View from the water tower
View from the water tower
Cute! Baby goats
Cute! Baby goats
I no longer feel like a goat rockstar
I no longer feel like a goat rockstar
Back to O'otu beach
Back to O'otu beach
Hanging at Samade on the Beach
Hanging at Samade on the Beach
Sitting on a sand bar
Sitting on a sand bar
Time for lunch!
Time for lunch!
Fish burgers (yet again) at Samade
Fish burgers (yet again) at Samade
Samade certainly is right on the beach
Samade certainly is right on the beach
Starting our kayak trip south towards motu Akitua
Starting our kayak trip south towards motu Akitua
After crashing into the Lagoon Resort bungalows for a closer look, I've determined they are not glass bottomed
After crashing into the Lagoon Resort bungalows for a closer look, I've determined they are not glass bottomed
Checking out motu 'Angarei
Checking out motu 'Angarei
Dan snorkelling off 'Angarei
Dan snorkelling off 'Angarei
Next stop motu Ee
Next stop motu Ee
Ee is aawesome
Ee is aawesome
View of motu Mangere from Ee
View of motu Mangere from Ee
View along the length of Ee
View along the length of Ee
View along the length of Ee
View along the length of Ee
View of Ee
View of Ee
So that's where baby palm trees come from
So that's where baby palm trees come from
Checking out the wave break past Mangere diaster strikes as Madi capsizes
Checking out the wave break past Mangere diaster strikes as Madi capsizes
View of wave break past Mangere
View of wave break past Mangere
Watching the sunset back at Samade
Watching the sunset back at Samade
The beach is like one big kitty litter box
The beach is like one big kitty litter box
Dan (and the obligatory cat) in the sunset
Dan (and the obligatory cat) in the sunset
Dinner at Te Vaka is tainted by all the Survivor crew a-holes hanging around on their day off
Dinner at Te Vaka is tainted by all the Survivor crew a-holes hanging around on their day off
Lagoon cruise aboard the Titi Ai Tonga, hosted by Prince something-or-other
Lagoon cruise aboard the Titi Ai Tonga, hosted by Prince something-or-other
Cruising out towards Honeymoon Island and Maina. One foot Island is off limits thanks to dumb Survivor...wah
Cruising out towards Honeymoon Island and Maina. One foot Island is off limits thanks to dumb Survivor...wah
Madi sampling sea grapes...they're salty and awful
Madi sampling sea grapes...they're salty and awful
Lunch is BBQed tuna. Oh, and there's a bar onboard, too. Yay!
Lunch is BBQed tuna. Oh, and there's a bar onboard, too. Yay!
The prince, Captain Wonderful and Captain Cook (he's the captain and the cook) provide lunchtime entertainment
The prince, Captain Wonderful and Captain Cook ("he's the captain and the cook") provide lunchtime entertainment
Crusing to Honeymoon Island
Crusing to Honeymoon Island
The Titi Ai Tonga
The Titi Ai Tonga
Under a wedding arch on Honeymoon Island
Under a wedding arch on Honeymoon Island
Rare baby red-tailed tropic-bird on Honeymoon Island
Rare baby red-tailed tropic-bird on Honeymoon Island
Red-tailed tropic-birds on Honeymoon Island
Red-tailed tropic-birds on Honeymoon Island
View of Maina from Honeymoon Island
View of Maina from Honeymoon Island
View of Maina from Honeymoon Island
View of Maina from Honeymoon Island
Our footprints
Our footprints
Approaching Maina
Approaching Maina
Frigate birds above Maina (unfortunately they signify a storm is coming)
Frigate birds above Maina (unfortunately they signify a storm is coming)
Dan on Maina
Dan on Maina
View of Honeymoon Island from Maina
View of Honeymoon Island from Maina
Rare baby red-tailed tropic-bird on Maina
Rare baby red-tailed tropic-bird on Maina
View of Honeymoon Island from Maina
View of Honeymoon Island from Maina
Coconut demonstration
Coconut demonstration
Dan and the prince demonstrate proper pareu technique
Dan and the prince demonstrate proper pareu technique
Parachute pants...sexy!
Parachute pants...sexy!
Preparing to demonstrate the haka
Preparing to demonstrate the haka
Wait...first the prince has to hide a coconut in Dan's pants
Wait...first the prince has to hide a coconut in Dan's pants
Dancing the haka
Dancing the haka
Dancing the haka
Dancing the haka
Dancing the haka
Dancing the haka
The Survivor tribal council spanish galleon on Aitutaki (far left)
The Survivor tribal council spanish galleon on Aitutaki (far left)
Oh, it's the Bounty...that makes more sense
Oh, it's the Bounty...that makes more sense
There's no way they canoe from One Foot Island to Aitutaki...I bet TV will make it seem like they do, though
There's no way they canoe from One Foot Island to Aitutaki...I bet TV will make it seem like they do, though
Survivor crew camp...400 Americans, New Zealanders and a few locals have invaded
Survivor crew camp...400 Americans, New Zealanders and a few locals have invaded
Boats for some Survivor challenge
Boats for some Survivor challenge
Returning to the harbor
Returning to the harbor
The Heineken Store...selling way more than just Heineken
The Heineken Store...selling way more than just Heineken
The Heineken Store...selling way more than just Heineken
The Heineken Store...selling way more than just Heineken
Air Rarotonga city ticket office...looks like the agent is on break
Air Rarotonga city ticket office...looks like the agent is on break
Maina Traders Superstore...the Wal-Mart of Aitutaki (OK, not quite)
Maina Traders Superstore...the Wal-Mart of Aitutaki (OK, not quite)
Island night at the Pacific Resort
Island night at the Pacific Resort
Island night at the Pacific Resort
Island night at the Pacific Resort
Island night at the Pacific Resort
Island night at the Pacific Resort
Driving by Cafe Tupuna
Driving by Cafe Tupuna
Driving around the island
Driving around the island
Orongo Centre...the center of Arutanga. This is the center of town, if you can believe it
Orongo Centre...the center of Arutanga. This is the center of town, if you can believe it
Mangrove tree?
Mangrove tree?
Relaxing in a hammock
Relaxing in a hammock
History lesson: vehicle left behind by the US during WW2 when they built the old runway
History lesson: vehicle left behind by the US during WW2 when they built the old runway
Giant banyan tree
Giant banyan tree
Giant banyan tree
Giant banyan tree
Last look at the beach
Last look at the beach
Dan tries out the pool
Dan tries out the pool
Back to Raro
Back to Raro
Welcome back to Rarotonga
Welcome back to Rarotonga