Rarotonga

Rarotonga

 

The final destination of our 2016 travels!!!!  We spent our last week reflecting and basking in the sun one last time on a tropical island.  Looking to get off the beaten path we decided to venture to the South Pacific Island of Rarotonga.  Rarotonga is one of the 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands nation.  It's distinct feature is a wall of coral reef that completely surrounds the entire island, creating a barrier from the ocean (where the waves crash daily) and a lagoon with crystal clear waters that boarder the awesome sandy beaches.

 

We rented a small cottage on the ocean for 7 nights, drank piña colada's, snorkeled daily and soaked in the island paradise.  The absolute perfect place to cap off one hell of a year...

 

 

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our perfectly hidden beach cottage
our perfectly hidden beach cottage
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our new friends and cottage owners treated to dinner
our new friends and cottage owners treated to dinner
Sharyn, the best
Sharyn, the best
full moon on our last night
full moon on our last night
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Our last night out for dinner...

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that's a wrap!
that's a wrap!

2016 was one hell of a journey, hard to comprehend at times. It was an emotional final night on the island for us.

 

We learned numerous life lessons along the way, forever solidified our love for travel, made friends in all corners of the world, are grateful for the love and support we received from family and friends, LOVED all the visitors we spent time with in Argentina, South Africa, England, Ireland, Greece, and Italy and truly truly appreciate all the comments received from those that followed along... thank you!!!

 

We sign off from an airport waiting to board our final flight back home, to the best there is the US of A!  Although this is our last post of 2016, we have a feeling it may not be our last trip around the world! 

 

We’ve counted, at least another 40 countries we want to explore!

 

Stay tuned!

Laura & Sean

11 Comments on “Rarotonga

  1. Wow…trip of a lifetime. Thank you for taking us all on this journey with you. I not only the pictures, but your wonderful descriptions as well. Thoughts and prayers to you both.

  2. Wow what a great experience. I hope to do it myself someday. And this island looks beautiful. Meanwhile I just flew from Scotland to Quito, Ecuador and will be climbing Chimborazo, Antisana and Cayambe to finish off 2016!

  3. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. What an incredible opportunity! Safe travels home! All the best in ’17

  4. I’m emotional this is coming to an end, can’t imagine what’s going through you guys. Awesome adventure, truly amazed at all you saw and experienced. Thanks for taking us all along. Safe travels home and can’t want to catch up.

  5. What A fabulous experience you both had. You visited some many countries with the abundance of love you have for each other and God giving you the best of health.
    I enjoyed following your travels and welcome back to the Good old USA!
    I wish you great happiness and good health with the vows you will be talking to spend the rest of your life together!
    Best Wishes for a beautiful wedding day!
    Sending my love
    Diane Moulton

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