Monday 30th November 2015
06.12.2015 29 °C
The strong winds and rain continued to be a presence when we woke up this morning and so again we just relaxed at the bungalow for the morning. It felt a bit indulgent to just sit around reading and relaxing but I reminded myself that we were still on holiday, and this was the real 'chill out' bit of our trip. Late morning we decided to go and visit the Marie Nui Gardens and Cafe on the south east corner of the island.
When we arrived it started to rain and so we decided to visit the cafe first and have some lunch. As we were eating out this evening we both went for salads, smoked fish salad for me (they are really into marinated and smoked raw fish on the island) and chicken for Nigel. We then succumbed and shared a piece of their 'world famous' cheesecake served on a platter with loads of tropical fruit.
Once we had finished all of this the rain had died down a little and so we went the explore the gardens. They are spread over quite a large area and it was quite hard to tell where the gardens ended and the native trees/ bush began. There were lots of beautiful trees and shrubs, some such as frangipani, bougainvillea, hibiscus and bird of paradise plants that I recognised, and many more that I didn't.
There were also fruit trees and a large vegetable garden fenced off, I suspect more from the native wildlife than from visitors! Once we had finished looking round we went back to our accommodation at Magic Reef and relaxed and read our books for the rest of the afternoon.
This evening we went to a restaurant called the Kikau Hut which is up towards the airport. The owner came and collected us and the brought us back after the meal. On Mondays they have a couple of musicians there and although I had presumed that thus would be traditional Polynesian music in fact they were playing well known stuff from the late 60's and early 70's which is absolutely my era. The food was great as well; locally caught fish for me and a fish curry for Nigel followed by a pretty unhealthy but delicious banoffee pie for me and ice cream for Nigel. The hut itself was pretty simple but food, service and music were a great end to a relaxing but wet and windy day in Rarotonga.