After a quiet morning sitting on the veranda overlooking the ocean reading, we headed for the airport courtesy of the taxi driver who brought us from the airport. He was a cheerful chap and they really are proud of their island and pleased that we have come to visit. He seems to be one of only 10 taxi drivers on the island. We asked him because we hadn't seen any around. Most people have either cars or motor bikes and tourists generally hire cars or motor bikes. We are pleased we hired bikes and now we are in Aitutaki have decided that it is just too big to walk around being 9km long by 2km wide so have arranged to hire bikes again for tomorrow. On Sunday we have arranged a lagoon snorkelling trip.
We flew from Rarotonga the 50 minute trip in a small 33 seater Saab 340 plane of Air Rarotonga. We were told just before take off that the plane would be too heavily loaded with a full quota so 4 people had to be bumped onto the next flight. Lucky we weren't the last to check in.
We were met by a lovely lady called Nani who greeted us with flower garlands of gardenia and frangipani and brought us to a lovely beachside hut at a place called Paradise Cove. Everyone is incredibly friendly, both locals and tourists alike. I have to say that if we thought Rarotonga was low key this place is even less so. The island has a population of around 2200. It is hard to say how many tourists are here at any one time but on the basis of about 3 flights a day and the average person we have spoken to seems to stay about 3 or 4 days that would be about 150 staying on the island. We are on a part of the island where there are only a handful of tourists and had our supper on the beach at a place called Coconut Shack. Great food!