It's very grey here - but also very hot and sticky - reminds me of the sort of weather we used to get in Hamilton at the height of summer.
We began the day by having a wee look around some of the tourist and craft shops. I bought a few postcards and some t-shirts for my brothers, I will buy many more things before I leave no doubt but that will do for now.
We then jumped on the bus to do a round tour of the whole Island which was pretty cool. Rarotonga only has two bus routes - the "clockwise" and the "anti-clockwise". Much easier to understand than the whole "section" thing we have going on in Wellington;)
On our journey of the whole Island I noted that the tourist accommodation/restaurant/shops aren't just centred in Avarua but are throughout the whole Island. I also noted chickens and roosters EVERYWHERE!! There also seems to be a lot of abandoned and derelict buildings in Rarotonga - they have usually reached the stage where only the original stone walls remain standing and are covered by grass and plants, there are a couple of these near the motel where we are staying.
The other things I noticed is that there are small graveyards everywhere. I guess they must all be family graveyards, they all seem very well maintained compared to a lot of the graveyards in New Zealand.
The bus picked up a lot of passengers and by the time it returned to Avarua it really was 'standing room only' I was happy to get off.
After the bus trip we decided to head back to the motel for a bit - then we walked to town via the beach. The beach was pretty cool and unlike anything I've seen in New Zealand, mostly because the beach was made up of pieces of coral instead of rocks or sand. Coral is very cool and has such an amazing array of sizes and textures...there were also heaps and heaps of hermit crabs on the beach which was pretty cool.
We ended up having lunch at a place called 'Salsa' - the food was good but the service wasn't - we had to wait over 40 minutes for our meal!
That was our first - rather busy - day in Rarotonga!