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Sunday 29th November 2015

storm 28 °C

The weather was certainly no better today than yesterday, and perhaps if anything slightly worse. There seemed to be no rush to get up; and so we had a lie in, chatted and read books. When we did finally stir ourselves the tide was still partially in and so the water in the lagoon, particularly further up where we had taken a dip yesterday, was deep enough for a bit of snorkelling. The whole of Rarotonga is circled by a coral reef although it varies from about 100 to roughly 300 metres from the shoreline. This means that the waves tend to break on the reef rather than on the beach. Even when it is quite windy there are very few waves coming into the lagoon making it fairly safe to swim. There are a number of 'passages' around the island where there is a gap in the reef which means that the waves can come straight onto the beach and there is a pretty strong and potentially dangerous current going back out to sea. Because of the lack of rock and coral in these places, and due to the slightly deeper water they are a deeper turquoise and clearly visible. As we started to snorkel I found that it was a bit of a fiddle getting my mask to fit properly and despite being protected by the reef, the lagoon still had a bit a a current so it wasn't the most relaxing of swims. Despite these niggles it we had an interesting time and saw a number of brightly coloured fish and a couple of large deep blue starfish. Given that it wasn't sunny and we hadn't yet had any breakfast we didn't stay in the water too long. We then made the short walk back up the beach to our bungalow and after a warming shower we got dressed we then had a late breakfast/ brunch. The rest of the day was pretty chilled.

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We spent much of it sitting on our deck and come evening we had a beer and a home cooked meal. The evening light on the beach was pretty amazing although not the beautiful sunset we were hoping for. Having checked the forecast for tomorrow we knew we were in for more of the same, or worse as cyclone Tuni still wasn't that far away although fortunately there were indications that the weather system had been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Posted by Gill's Travels 22:17 Archived in Cook Islands

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