Tranquility & Adventure Of Island Life
I was lucky enough to dodge Australia's bitter winter this year and escape to the tropical turqoise waters of the Cook Islands for 10 days!
Flying into Rarotonga, I was greeted by fresh flower leis and warm smiles, so I instantly felt at home! I was teaming up with an incredible photographer Sean Scott (@seanscottphotography) and together we were working alongside Cook Islands Tourism! With their reccommendations we were able to explore the island and its hidden gems with the added freedom to follow our own creative instincts and scratch our tickle for adventure!
We found waterfalls, inland hikes through tropical rainforests, dive spots over old wrecks, plenty of culture, amazing food and we even learned how to crack open a coconut with nothing but a stick!
After spending half a week in Rarotonga, we boarded a tiny 16-seat plane and headed across to Aitutaki. I was mind blown!
We were staying at the beautiful Pacific Resort where we enjoyed breakfast overlooking the vast sea of salty teal, soaked up sunshine from above and below the ocean, explored new islands and snorkelling spots via boat and even made friends with some rather large (okay, they were huge!) fish! I named one Barry, and he ate half a coconut... AND ITS SHELL!
Being in the water with them was rather amazing and scary to be honest, haha! They were just so BIG! Sean would set up his underwater housing, I'd jump in the water with him, and the boat captain would throw food (bread, coconut meat, coconut husk, pastries, anything even slightly edible!) onto the water's surface and as the fish swarmed in for a feast, I'd swim beneath them. Thanks to Sean's outrageous mix of talent and timing, we were able to get some pretty awesome shots if I do say myself!
The bit I remember most fondly from that is meeting some local kids and mucking around with them by the water's edge at sunset. We found a rope swing and were riding their bikes along the sand and even having cartwheel and handstand contests, haha!
One time we took a day trip to a clam reef, where on the big boat with about twenty other people, we joined in a cultural song and dance to a ukelele! It was so cute to see the children become so involved and their smiles lighting up their entire faces!
I'd definitely recommend that to anyone who goes! I would also definitely recommend the Cook Islands to anyone wanting a tranquil sojourn in an island paradise. Can't wait to head back myself.
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