I had found a local provider with a fat tire e-bike and I wanted to ride half a day with Mariella and later that afternoon I would go with Ariki Adventures to spot on Rarotonga and go on a turtle safari with a Yamaha sea scooter. The bike was huge and difficult at first for Mariella. The e motor lurched a little when you started out. I swapped the e bike I had with her and realized quick she needed me to ride behind her to protect her from the traffic in the left hand lane. Not our usual custom.
We made some stops and then we found the Tropical botanical garden. This made Mariella’s day. They seemed to specialize in ginger plants, helliconia plants and tropical palm trees that were clearly not native. Beautiful place.
We stopped at a snorkeling spot called the Fruits of Rarotonga. We passed the Queen’s representative’s residence. The road was just so cool next to this great beaches and water.
I motored back in with Mariella had a good lunch and readied for the turtle safari.
I was 63 years old and I had snorkeled for 31 plus years and had never used one of these things. I regret not renting the Go Pro that mounted on the sea scooter. I had my camera but it appeared it was set on something not auto.
A quick class to run it. The sea scooter was for use in an unfavorable current as we went back through a passage back toward the sand bar as we started. Pictures from the guides. Picture of us using sea scooter
OMG. The biggest Moorish Idols I had ever seen. All kinds of fish then hawksbill turtles feet from me looking at me. Dozens of them. Incredible. Big green moray eel. I was able to correct some of my turtle pics. Amazing experience and Ariki Adventures was also excellent.
A lovely meal at the Nautilus Resort.
Aitutaki tomorrow. Peace out Tres