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"White clouds flecked the sky overhead, the sea below us was a tangle of shadowy blues and foaming wave crests, the sun had a caressing warmth about it...we could distinguish the vivid belt of green coconut and pandanus trees poised in the air above beaches of glittering whiteness..." Earnest Beaglehole, 1934, describing Pukapuka
 

Highlights
Getting engaged on Akaiami, watching Dancer of the Year competition, paddling in Aitutaki lagoon.

lows
A week of rain in Rarotonga, lack of good beaches on main island of Aitutaki.

head scratchers
Rake fishing, the incredible shrinking population.

 

 

population (mn)

21 million
capital Avarua
languages English, Maori
religion Christian
currency Kiwi Dollar

  Click on the thumbnail shots below to see larger photos with descriptions.  
ratings (1-5) 5 = best
Friendliness: 4
culture: 3
fun: 3
transport: 3
nature: 5
FOOD: 2

 

 
total score: 20/25

 

average cost per day
US$100 per day (for two)

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
  may 8->   rarotonga  
  may 14 ->   Engaged in Aitutaki  
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