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Offline Kummok

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Back From Cook Islands
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:08:33 pm »
Just got back from 7 weeks on Rarotonga, in the Southern Group of the Cook Islands, so I haven't been watching Fish threads for a while. One really smart thing that I did was to take about 10 pounds of freshly smoked King salmon down with me....sure made a lot of new friends....that stuff is like have a "One World Currency"!! Really would like to get a 'Smoked salmon for Fresh Mango/Papaya' exchange established!  ;)

Offline JZ

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Re: Back From Cook Islands
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2012, 12:59:51 pm »
Welcome back and hope you had a great time. Never been to the Cook Islands - bet it was real nice.

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Re: Back From Cook Islands
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 01:15:42 pm »
I am heading to Rarotonga for 3 weeks March 17th, this will be my 3rd visit to the islands.  We just love it there.
Wow 7 weeks Kummok, I wish I could go for that long, but work gets in the way.  Where did you stay?
We found the Mona Sands and really enjoy staying there, great area for snorkeling.


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Re: Back From Cook Islands
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012, 01:40:22 pm »
welcome back

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Re: Back From Cook Islands
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 05:33:05 pm »
We're planning on going to Tahiti in 1 1/2 years. I see that Rarotonga is part of the Cook Islands.
Since two of you have been there what do you think of the Cook Islands verses Tahiti?

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Re: Back From Cook Islands
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 11:30:06 am »
Mikeradio...We stayed at a private residence on the beach in Arorongi. I prefer the Titikaveka beaches but they were only a short few km away....Mona Sands is indeed a beautiful location!  Be sure to take some "smoked global currency" with you

Wyrman...Can't give you any opinion on Raro v.s. Tahiti, since I haven't (yet!) been to Tahiti...but, from what I've heard about Tahiti, I would suspect that Raro is less touristy??? There's some really nice 5 star places in Raro but, for the most part, most seemed to be high priced 3-4 star. It's pretty "rural" there to us...and being from a dinky coastal town in Alaska, that was perfect to our preferences. The people are incredible, laughing and smiling constantly, VERY friendly and welcoming...quite unlike our experiences in Hawaii. You might experience some cyclones while there...they were expecting 3 this season. Also take your mossy spray as reports of Dengue Fever were coming in from other South Pacific Islands...locals take that threat pretty seriously and they were bug-spraying faithfully while we were there.

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Re: Back From Cook Islands
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 01:31:05 pm »
Wow, sounds wonderful. Welcome back.  :)
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Re: Back From Cook Islands
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 03:39:18 pm »
It sure sounds like a fun trip.  I know your smoked Salmon was a hit.
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Re: Back From Cook Islands
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2012, 05:55:07 pm »
Glad to hear you gave people a taste of Wild Salmon-I've seen 'Tasmanian Salmon' on menus in Fiji & Tonga but I know it's all farmed mush.

Did you do any fishing at all?

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Re: Back From Cook Islands
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2012, 11:33:19 pm »
No, but I went down to the docks to tell lies with the charter guys, Whalebreath. "Fishing" is a universal language isn't it!  ;)