The main island of Rarotonga is a heavily touristed island and an especially popular destination for Kiwis and Australians. The island itself is striking, with high jungle peaks rising from the sea towards the center of the island. The main road on Rarotonga is just 32km long and circumnavigates the coast of the entire island. Off the coast a barrier reef protects the shoreline from the large waves, forming a lagoon that has good snorkeling in places.
|Looking from the beach inland on Rarotonga|
|Sunrise in Rarotonga|
|Flying into Aitutaki|
|The vast lagoon|
Aitutaki's lagoon is famous for its expansive size and color. The lagoon is roughly an equilateral triangle with each side measuring about 12km. The average depth in the lagoon is a mere 5ft, but parts go as deep as 60ft. The shallow warm water and abundance of coral means that snorkeling is good. We went on an all day lagoon tour and were able to see some impressive fish and pristine uninhabited islands on the fringe of the reef. It was surreal being 10km from the main island but standing in water only chest deep.
|A Red-Tailed Tropic Bird nesting|
|A Giant Clam|
|An inquisitive Giant Trevally|
|A Giant Clam with neon|
|Ominous dark clouds|
|Sunset at the volleyball field|