Rarotonga, one of fifteen in the Cook Island chain and hosting the capital Avarua is a pleasant location.Cook Islands population swells as flights from Australia and New Zealand provide much needed revenue for the islands economy. The people are welcoming and friendly.An Anzac Day commemorative service took place on Saturday the 25.05.15 that started at 05:00 am!!! which we attended. Local dignitaries came and gave speeches with much pomp and circumstance as the sun rose. Following the formalities there was a march past.DSCF0176After an eleven night stay, it was time to hit the road (figuratively speaking) Tahiti beckoned.

Boarding our flight ( an ATP prop holding around 50 passengers) one was filled with an almost child like excitement about entering a land of the truly exotic.Names bubbled up into ones consciousness. Those of “Bligh, Fletcher Christian and the Mutiny on the Bounty”,the artist Paul Gaugan, who spent the final twelve years of his life on the archipelago and all manner of imagery redolent of the South Pacific flooded in. Papeete constitutes the main island in the chain supporting 12000 souls.After a stay of three days, within which time one hopes to make it out to the Isle of Morea for the day, a flight subsequently to Bora Bora beckons where we will stop five days before a return to Papeete for a final three days https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Cook+Islands/Tahiti/@-18.7319916,-153.9755437,6z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x71548aefb97bdedd:0x24ca50e8808b4d8!2m2!1d-159.777671!2d-21.236736!1m5!1m1!1s0x741875d07c6dd74d:0x9bc07a7a09c35711!2m2!1d-149.406843!2d-17.679742/strong>