|Rarotonga's Black Rock|
Kia orana! Our week on the laid-back island of Rarotonga has been perhaps the best we've ever had, so brace yourself for a rather lengthy blog post!
The Cook Islanders are renowned for their love of music, so we began our week with a church service to sample the traditional acapella hymns. Of the Cook Island's 13,000 population, 90% are Christian, so 'island time', which is relaxed on any given day, slows right down on a Sunday. The singing was incredible - our ears were ringing after each song because the locals sing so passionately and with beautiful harmonies.
|On the scooter|
|Snorkeling in the lagoon|
|With the local rowing team|
|This guy ate the pawpaw in our garden!|
|The massive Boogie Burger|
On the drive back to Aremango Guesthouse, our home for the week, we stopped at an outdoor island dance class. Such is the hospitality of the locals (or their desire for a cheap laugh?) that they practically begged us to join in. We did, and it was good fun dancing to the pounding drums, but really difficult to keep up with their super-quick moves.
|Bashing open a coconut|
|On the cross-island trek|
|At Wigmore's Waterfall|
|My facial expression didn't change for hours after this was taken|
|Ta Vara Nui Village|
After very little sleep, we drove to the Saturday morning market, which was a highlight of our week. It is a major event on the island and we loved hearing the live music, browsing the stalls and trying the delicious fresh fruit on offer.
|Partying in Avarua|
Next stop: Los Angeles!