We landed in Rarotonga just after 6:00 a.m. local time, which was 9:00 a.m., Arizona time and 8:00 a.m. British Columbia time. Hubby and I were one of the first off the plane; we quickly cleared customs, picked up our bags and headed out of the secure area. Within seconds we had hooked up with the shuttle to our resort, were adorned with fragrant plumeria leis, and our luggage was stowed away in the van. Along with three other couples we ended up waiting almost half an hour for one final passenger and then we were on our way.
Just after 7:00 a.m. we arrived at the Palm Grove Resort to check in and unfortunately our room was not ready. We had reserved a beach villa and our unit had guests in it that were not checking out until today. We were told to leave our luggage at the desk, go and enjoy a free breakfast (which is included each day with our villa), use any resort facilities we wanted and by noon we should be in our villa.
That was five hours to kill! But we enjoyed breakfast then wandered around the resort.
The resort looked exactly like the pictures we had seen on the Internet and was very well maintained.
We knew which beach villa we were going to be in so we headed across the road to check it out and once again were very pleased!
We decided to walk along the beach up to the local supermarket.
We picked up some fruit juice at the market and then continued along the road back to our resort.
By 10:00 a.m. we were unpacking in our room and were oh so happy with our accommodation! I will do a separate blog on our villa but once we were unpacked and changed into our bathing suits we enjoyed a drink on our deck.
The rest of our day was spent swimming in the South Pacific … it is a tough life we live!
That was about it for our day. The sun was warm, the water was warm, the day was long, and we had an early night 🙂
Until next time …