10/15/2007 - 10/15/2007
So this counts as my first entry I guess, since it's the first one I'm writing while actually on my trip. I'm sitting in an internet cafe in Avarua, the main town on Rarotonga, the main island of the Cook Islands. Getting here involved a very long travel day yesterday. I started at 5pm eastern time and after flying to LA, a three hour layover there, and then a 10 hour flight to Raro, all I wanted to do crash out for a few hours. Unfortunately, since the flight from LA gets in at 6am and check out time isn't until 11am, my room wasn't ready, so I'm stuck for a few hours. Also, just in case anyone is planning on following me, Air New Zealand doesn't fly out of the international terminal at LAX. That would make too much sense. Instead it flies out of the terminal that is furthest from the one I flew into. Of course.
The place I'm staying is gorgeous. It's right on the beach and has swimming pool too, all for $16 US a night. The lagoon in front of it is too shallow for much, but the best snorkelling on the island is a bout a 20 minute walk down the beach. There's also some good hiking on the island, so I'll be doing a bit of that over the next few days. A couple of us at the resort have planned a sailing trip for tomorrow, so that should be a lot of fun. I may fly over to Aitutaki, which is supposed to be a stereotypical deserted island type thing. Good for vegging out on the beach for a few days.
I'll post some pictures as soon as I take some, because this scenery has to be seen to be believed.