Cook Islands

Cook Islands

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  • Day3

    Today the kids finally got to do the water sports in the Harbor. The company is so nice and handle everything with your kids. We didn't have to get in at all.

    You have to be 7 yrs and up, wear a life jacket, and water shoes are recommended.

    So far, this structure was the highlight of their trip. They are super exhausted and happy. Good night to visit the Muri Night Market for dinner.

  • Day3

    This was one of our favorite places to eat. We walked the beach and arrived at the market. There are tons of EZ ups with local food being offered. Major had kid nachos, Evie had butter chicken. Salt and pepper Calamari for an app, and two different currys. We loved them all and we will go back tomorrow.

    We even came home to our new friends. We have three of them at least, that like to raid our food.Read more

  • Day4

    We have been fortunate enough to snorkel many places in many different ways. We have paid a local fisherman $20 to drop us off and come back in 2 hours, rented boats, and done tours. Never, ever, have we snorkeled by a speed boat. Now THAT is the best way to snorkel. You are more engaged bc you can't really fall asleep. You get everywhere quicker, so shorter tours, and you don't have to listen to some annoying person on your tour bc everyone faces forward and the guides are behind you.

    We were alone on this trip so even better!

    They call it a roller coaster on water and that is exactly how I would describe it. So much screaming, hollering, and squeals of delight! The kids said they would never leave. Major loved being airborne. Evie probably loved doing doughnuts the most and jumping big waves.

    We looked for humpback whales, saw their surf spot (which are beautiful barrels), and snorkeled 2 spots (one was a big cargo shipwreck,a first for our family). All in under 2 hours! Now that is how the Darnell's like to roll!

    Evie hit her bucket list for this trip which was to see a black tipped reef shark. She was beyond excited to watch it come from out of no where and travel along the ship wreck.

    How does this snorkeling compare? It's more natural. The coral is very large and deep and no bleaching. We have seen a lot of different fish. It's good snorkeling. I recommend going. We have seen brand new species for us. And snorkeling a wreck, the size of it, and not far from shore are HUGE pluses.

    Grenada is the snorkel winner so far. That snorkeling is more rustic as far as hiring a bartender to drop you off. But you can walk in a few places, or charter. The abundance and variety is the best to date. But Rarotonga is a good second place, and better than Belize, USVI, Turks etc and this island feels much safer than the others including Grenada. So that moves things up a bit. I bet when we move islands in a few days, the opinion could change.
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  • Day5

    Beautiful place to eat. Food is decent. But the best part would be jumping off the dock. Major once again exclaimed that he is coming back here for his birthday.

    After we ate we headed back to the house to grab the 2 single person kayaks and head over to those little islands in the background of our photos.

    The first one was easy and had great snorkeling. It also had something that is huge in our world, Bonefish. Schools of the largest ones you will ever see. They aren't lying when they tell you the biggest live here. Evie got hit in the face mask with one, she screamed. We saw butterflyfish, parrotfish, and different Tangs. We then paddled over to the other island that is more of the party place so to speak and saw lots of big blue fish.

    Dave and I are exhausted and had to ditch the extra weight (kids) on the shore and told them the run on the beach back to the house. Made things easier. I would definitely kayak out to the rocker island that is closest to us again.
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  • Day5

    We arrived and seated at a family style table. We met some new Kiwi friends. They were very nice and their 9yr old niece from New York was visiting. Evie made a new best friend. The hostess yelled out almost every country on the microphone, it was super amazing, the US was called and we were the lone people out of a hundred that made noise. She pointed to our kids and called us the lone wolf. We have never been the lone Americans on an island. It has been fun and very interesting. Back to the show.

    The food was amazing. Major ate 2 plates! He loves a buffet, but I guess he has been starving here.

    The show was really great. Our kids learned a lot. We loved the music, the dancers, and the history. Which by the way, is sad.
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  • Day6

    Ok they can fry chicken like nobody's business. As a southern girl, I praise this place.

    So good.

    Evie has decided Moana was written about this island. The chicken is important so she sees why it was a character. You don't go past the reef and you can see it. She swears she has heard some of the music. She is digging it.

    She loves the fruit being smaller and less engineered.

    She is serious about moving.

    I actually like that their are no beggars and the island is clean. I attribute that to the faith being so strong on the island.
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  • Day6

    The kids keep asking when we will go they security. Yeah, you don't. These big locals aren't going to let anything happen, lol! You can also freely carry your iPad and probably bring your own drinks. When we called to ask if we can bring wine on the plane, the answer was as long as you leave one for them.

    So we brought our groceries, just some snacks, fruit, and wine. The things we heard were harder to purchase based on the timing of the boats.

    It's a smaller plane 2 and 1 seat configuration. It has a snack and drink service and the happiest flight attendant ever.

    Dave and I have been chatting about the fact this is probably the safest feeling island we have come across. I do think it has to do with their faith. I have only been on one half of the island and I have passed 3 LDS churches among all the other faiths.
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  • Day6

    Boys and girls are in their own cabins. The airport pick up for the price of this accommodation was quite unexpected. They are insanely nice. The kayaks are fun and the kids are enjoying them. It's hotter here and sand bars as far as the eye can see. So beautiful.

    Evie saw a baby pufferfish and a bigger one in the evening. Her heart is full. It is literally her favorite fish since our Grenada encounter.

    Major is enjoying the swimming here at Aitutaki village better than Raro.
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  • Day7

    Today we went on the Vaka Cruise. This huge boat had no bumps, lots of shade. You sit at a full table and there is a toilet on board.

    We went to the Survivor Island and saw the white birds in the forest. They were cool. We learned about different trees. Learned how to make a hula skirt from the trees. We learned how to open a coconut. Then we went over to the giant trevally snorkeling spot. Now those huge fish are so cool. They are a little scary looking and super wide with crazy teeth but so awesome to swim with. We also saw giant clams, and several different kinds of fish.

    Major says he only likes snorkeling if it's done this way. Wouldn't we all?! Now this water is warm, clear, and bright bright blue. No real current so snorkeling is easy. We passed turtles today but for the kids, it was all about the trevally.

    We then headed over to one foot island, got our passport stamped, walked to several little islands and snorkeled again. More trevally and clams. I think we swam it was seemed like hundreds of this one white fish.

    Dave saw two giant bonefish, and he doesn't have his pole on the snorkel trip.

    The music and the food was excellent. Major is exhausted and the story of one foot island was kind of sad for him and he didn't enjoy it. We did.
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  • Day7

    Dinner here was wonderful. Great Asian food. The kids had grilled cheese and Coke Floats.

    The kids play area is a nice touch. Across the way is a beautiful lagoon riddled with bonefish.

    On the way back we saw a pig off the path. Dave tried to get me to poke it. I wisely said no, so naturally Dave went for it....until he saw the tusks. Turns out the pigs name is Pumba. He is a pet that gets walked down the road and taken for swims.Read more

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