Under the Sea

off the Reef of Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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going down

Tim and I chose the Cook Islands to get certified in scuba diving. There wasn’t any reason that we chose there to get our PADI license, other than it being the first stop on our trip, and we didn’t even have a great reason for wanting to get certified – but in the spirit of our travels we wanted to open ourselves up to as many new experiences as possible – and there’s a lot of cool things going on below sea level.

We didn’t set up the training in advance, instead the first thing we did when we got to the island was wander around and into the closest dive shop. In there, we met Courtney, an Aussie, who had the exact schedule we wanted for classes and was going to be our instructor. More

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Watching the Wheels

In Rarotonga, Cook Islands

We knew roughly three things about Rarotonga before the plain touched down. It was sunny. It was small. It was in the middle of nowhere.

What we didn’t know was how lush and green it would really be. Tim turned to me and said, “um, I think we’re on the island from Lost.” It looked absolutely wild. And in a way, to a couple of Americans it is. This is a place where to walk 30 feet to the beach we pass goats and chickens.

Rarotonga is a friendly place as well, with only 8,000 locals and about the same number in tourists. It’s so friendly in fact that we couldn’t seem to use up our bus pass because people kept offering to drive us where we were going. More

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