We were sad to leave Rarotonga. We loved our beach villa and had met some really great people, mostly Canadians, Australians, Swedes, and New Zealanders … in fact we didn’t meet a single person from the US. We did spend a lively happy hour one night, and time around the pool on our last day, with a very nice couple from Sweden and another nice couple from Victoria.
But as I said yesterday our time on Rarotonga had come to an end. Our flight left Raro, as the locals call it, at 4:00 p.m. and we were told the shuttle would pick us up at the hotel somewhere between 2:30 and 3:00. It’s a twenty-minute ride to the airport and we had bags to check, plus I was unable to check in online, so I was worried about the tight time frame. Don’t worry I was told, it will be fine. We were at the airport by 3:00 p.m., were asked our names (no ID required), checked our bags, were handed our paper boarding slips and told to have a seat, the flight would board in forty-five minutes.
There was no TSA to go through, nobody cared if we had liquids, they just loaded us on the plane and off we went.
Fifty minutes later we were landing on the beautiful island of Aitutaki … and honestly all we could say was wow when we caught our first glimpse of the island from the plane!
Upon arrival we were adorned with lei’s, handed a coconut drink, picked up our luggage and were ushered into a waiting van for the five minute ride to our resort.
Our resort is on it’s own private island so we were dropped off at the shore of the main island where a boat picked us up and took us across the very narrow passage to the island. Our luggage was whisked off somewhere else and ended up in our room before we did 🙂
We entered the open air lobby and after registering, we were escorted to our villa.
The grounds are beautiful and our villa looks out over the ocean. After our villa in Rarotonga we thought it would be hard to top, but our villa here is even more beautiful and welcoming.
The only negative about our time here is the villa we were given and it has nothing to do with the resort. Our travel agent led us astray as she provided us pictures of our villa being over the ocean but that’s not what she had reserved us.
After the initial shock we decided that we actually like the villa we have much better than the ones over the water, so in the end things worked out well 🙂
Until next time …