After one week in Cook Islands we felt like we had been there for months! We were totally adapted to the Island time, so to say: taking everything slowly, no worries, live is as sweet as a ripe mango or paw-paw (papaya in maori)!

On Monday we flew to Aitutaki, considered one of the most beautiful islands in the pacific, only comparable to Bora Bora. And yes, the myth is totally true! We took a flight with the only operating company: Air Rarotonga, and after one hour we were there. The flight was a bit expensive, but hell yeah, it was worth it.

In Aitutaki we stayed at Matriki Beach Huts, in front of the most beautiful beach that you can never imagine.

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Aitutaki beach

 

Aitutaki is surrounded by a blue lagoon of more than 12 kms wide, so on Tuesday we went with a lagoon cruise. We did snorkeling in four different spots, amazing each of them: we swam in the ocean and watch the coral reef from there, we saw the giant turtles in their migration, we saw fishes of colours that I had never imagined and shades of blue that I’ll never forget. The cruise included a lunch in a unhabited small island close to Aitutaki (actually Aitutaki is surrounded by lots of tiny islands located inside the coral reef), so we had our coconuts, fish, paw-paw salad, etc.

The other days in Aitutaki were just pure relax: waking up, having a bath, talking with the people from the huts next to ours (Stephanie! Chris! little Tom! Richard!), having another bath. The island is half the size of Rarotonga, and it doesn’t even have anything called “town”, so besides sunbathing and watching the incredibly blue water, not more to do.

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Aitutaki beach with coral reef far away

 

Aitutaki definitely is the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. And probably is going to stay in my Top 1 (besides what The Guardian says) for my entire life. Believe me, the pictures don’t make justice at all. If you ever have time and money, go there!!

On Friday we came back to Rarotonga, and we could understand why they say it’s the big island with the capital, of course, compared to Aitutaki, Rarotonga is huge and crowded!!!

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sushi, tortilla and croquetas

In Rarotonga our dear Nana was waiting for us, so we could have the best farewell to the Cook Islands. So on Saturday we had a Sushi night, she cooked sushi and we did tortilla de patatas and croquetas! hahahaha!

After having a delicious dinner we went to see Avarua’s (Cook island’s capital city) nightlife. Well, I’m a spaniard so… well… it’s hard to define it. I’ll just say that the most important club (yes, I said club, we had to pay 2 NZ$ as entrance) closes at midnight (yes, midnight, a club). But it was a lot of fun! Everyone was having Christmas parties and we danced a lot!

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Girl's night out

 

On Sunday we went snorkeling in another amazing beach in Rarotonga and had more sushi with Nana. And Monday was sushi day too.

So after all, I really want to thank Nana for this. We met her trough Couchsurfing and thank god we did. Instead of staying in a hostel, we had the chance to stay at this japanese girl’s place and get to know the islanders (she had been some time living here already!) and their traditions and manners. Not only she opened the doors of her place but also to her heart. Nana! We love you!

And as you are all waiting for it, some family portraits of us with Nana, with Nana’s landlord Mama Kafo and her daughter too.

Hi north hemisphere! Here is summer!!!! hahahahahhaha! Happy christmas!!!

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Happy X-mas!

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Our rarotongan family

 

Two weeks in paradise. It seems like a dream. But it was real. Bye bye Cook Islands!

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Bye bye paradise!

 

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