After having been on the Cook Islands for more than two weeks, we thought we had to attend one of the typical “Island Nights”. The first one we wanted to go had been cancelled because there were not enough reservations. Our second attempt took us to “Samade on the Beach”, a very nice restaurant right on the lagoon. The buffet was superb, with lots of local traditional dishes. We truly enjoyed it! The dance performance was nice, especially since the dancers seemed to have lots of fun, laughing at the many mistakes they made. Nevertheless, it all seemed a little amateurish.
Once we also went snorkeling, since we had decided against scuba diving. We went to a spot much recommended by locals, near the end of the old runway. That was first class snorkeling: we saw lots of colorful fish, giant bright-blue starfish and miraculously, lots of healthy looking coral. The current was very strong though, but going inland so it was not dangerous.
We also tried to discover the lagoon by kayaking around its shallow waters, but never made it further than the nearest Motu…
To get a view of the entire atoll, it is best to walk, bike or to scooter up to the summit of Mount Maunga Pu, with 147 meters the highest point. From there, one has a 360 degree spectacular view of the entire lagoon.