The howling wind wakes me. It is midnight and we are in Aitutaki the second largest of the Cook Islands with a population of 2000; you can drive round it in under an hour. On our arrival in Rarotonga we were warned that they are expecting a humongous storm, just downgraded from a cyclone. They were battening down the hatches.
So here we are in Aitutaki, a short 40 minute hop in a sturdy Saab turbo prop, for our four days of tropical island paradise, to dive, to snorkel and top up our tans. But it doesn’t look hopeful.historic perspective on the Cook’s – and Polynesians – settlement.
All too soon our island sojourn is over, and we are heading for Columbia via LA. Our trip to Oceania started before Christmas and has been fabulous. We have dived all over, travelled through spectacular countryside, stayed in remote places, met up with friends and, perhaps best of all, are still talking to each other! I guess after 36 years of marriage it’s not that surprising, but several people wondered how all that time together would go!