Kia Orana, part 2!
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We've done loads since our last entry, in which we forgot to mention that James saw a humpback whale out of the plane window on our descent into Rarotonga (thats why window seats are awesome! although at one point i thought we were going to land in the sea!), so lets begin....
We visited Muri Beach and it was absolute paradise (I trod on a plaice!!)! The sand is even finer and the lagoon was full of marine life, loads of tropical fish and a huge purple starfish :) We swam out to one of many small uninhabited islands, or islets as they are called here (or rotten fish island as i called it) where lots of weddings take place and one was just beginning as we swam back to the shore!
The next day we had a bbq at the hostel, the owners prepared lots of local dishes for us including Ika Mata which is raw fish in coconut cream! And Taro, a native potato with a natural source of steroid! (Finally I'm going to be pumped! Although I'm worried for Han as I've seen what the local ladies look like ;) )
After the lovely bbq we headed into town for an Island Night where we got to see traditional dancing, and music.
We went to watch the blessing of the Canoes on the following day (surprisingly the canoes were blessed by Neptune himself!!! pics on the way!) in which leafy garlands draped over them were cut to represent their freedom to leave the motherland and enter the water. Each team performed their native dance/chant, eg. New Zealand, the Haka. So for the last week there have been many races happening which is supposedly the biggest event of the year in the Cooks. (Leading to the biggest booze up of the year!)
We went on this night to mark the beginning and the following Friday to mark the end.
We have been to a traditional Cook Islands Church ceremony (which includes dinner!!!) which was similar to home, but with AWESOME singing! And of course the previously mentioned lunch afterwards :D (there was cake, cheese and crackers, fruit, and more cake!)
James has had a free scuba dive trial as some of the guys that work at the dive centre down the road are staying at our hostel. (Turns out coral is awesome!)
We have been to a bar on the beach called the shipwreck hut where all drinks are served in a jam jar!
Probably the most adventurous thing we've done is the cross island walk (think start sequence to raiders of the lost ark).
Anyway, speaking of steak, we headed to the Punanga Nui Cultural market the following evening, where we ate a bargain bbq plate consisting of steak, chops, sausage, taro, local coleslaw, potato salad and lettuce (one of the most awesome things i've ever eaten!). We got to see more traditional dancing and fire dancing too (plus 2 maoris that husked coconuts with their TEETH!).
While on the subject of food, they have loads of different cadburys chocolate here! We tried a blackforest bar the other day which was the best choc ever! Cherry flavoured jelly pieces and biscuit :) mmmmmmmmm!
So, we are now off to cycle the island.
Missing you all loads, will update you soon. Hope you're all well, loads of love xxxx