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Aitutaki, a beautiful island north of Rarotonga

A short 45 minute flight north of Rarotonga and you arrive at Aitutaki, considered one of the most beautiful Islands in the Pacific. It is very small, has very limited facilities and supplies, the prices for produce are quite high as everything has to be brought in by ship. The ship arrives about once every six weeks, has to stand off outside the reef and the freight is brought in by small boats. There is no radio or TV reception. Like many other Pacific islands, the swimming directly off the beach of the 'main' island is disappointing, inevitably shallow and you have to be careful where you walk because of the coral and more importantly at Aitutaki, the sometimes deadly stonefish. Stand on one of those and the best you can hope for is to survive the excruciating pain. You may not. It is necessary to charter a boat and skipper to take you out in the lagoon to some of the beautiful small islands (motu). Well worth it though. Also very warm. These pics were taken by a small digital camera, Canon G2, purely as a record of our visit. Consequently the quality is average.
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Our lovely accomodation 055.jpg
Our lovely accomodation 055.jpg
Just us, nobody else for a mile or so.062.jpg
Just us, nobody else for a mile or so.062.jpg
Resort, we don't like to stay in them but nice place to have a cocktail  075.jpg
Resort, we don't like to stay in them but nice place to have a cocktail 075.jpg
As previous 074.jpg
As previous 074.jpg
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As previous 077.jpg
And again 079.jpg
And again 079.jpg
Untitled-082.jpg
Untitled-082.jpg
Hibiscus 083.jpg
Hibiscus 083.jpg
Hibiscus 084.jpg
Hibiscus 084.jpg
Sea slugs are everywhere 086.jpg
Sea slugs are everywhere 086.jpg
Lyn, peekaboo on beautiful lagoon motu (island)  093.jpg
Lyn, peekaboo on beautiful lagoon motu (island) 093.jpg
Young coconut starts life. 113.jpg
Young coconut starts life. 113.jpg
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