I made a friend in Rarotonga named Emma from the island of Atiu, and she helped me find a hotspot that worked, albeit, it was quite a challenge.
Thank you Emma & Kia Orana!
Raro has amazing pristine beaches,
and empty, jungle-covered volcanic mountains to explore.
Our son is exploring with us, and tomorrow we head to the more remote island of Aitutaki.
Cheers to you from the unspoiled & ethereal Cook Islands~
197 thoughts on “Raro Dreams~”
Damn that looks incredible. And that is me saying while being in Mexico 😀
Yes, Mexico is incredible too! I <3 Mexico~
Oh wow … now you have me longing to be there!
Breathtaking shots, Cindy. I so want to be there right now! I’m still stuck in the cold gray of NE Ohio. 😁
I wish I could beam you over now!
Gorgeous water and weather! Enjoy!
Thank you! These are beautiful islands with beautiful people~
Gorgeous sights! You have found a perfect getaway place!
It’s a bit of trek to get here from the US. There is only one flight a week and it takes 12 hours non-stop.
Yea, I wondered about that. But its isolation only adds to the attraction – and I assume lack of crowds!
Beautiful photos Cindy!
Your son is handsome and it’s a treat to see him. The wave photo is truly amazing, as are the others. Thank you…so beautiful.
Hugs to you sweet friend & kia orana! <3
So very beautiful! Pleased to hear the beaches are pristine.
I hear there are some challenges in Muri Lagoon, but we have seen only azure seas. Thinking of you all the time I travel here <3
So beautiful!! 🙂
What a glorious wave you caught. I hope it takes all your troubles away.
I wish waves could do that! <3
I’m going to look at some waves today, too. I think I’ll come back more zen. 🙂
Let me know how it works…….
Nearly there. Oh, wait, time to go home. 😉
Home is were the <3 is!
Wow! I’ve never, ever seen such clear water!
It is what we came so see! Thank God there are still some places left like this on earth.
Amen to that!
Apart from your superb captures, I have only seen plastic littered oceans lately. 🙁
Most of the ocean is still gorgeous, but the plastic that is accumulating is truly horrible. I have spent so much time on the oceans of the world, but haven’t seen the plastic. It tends to cluster in these huge gyro areas which I have avoided. It is just a tragedy and such human folly…..
Impressive photos. This place looks so inviting. You and your family are really exploring some really cool places !
We are trying hard!!!! Cheers to you my friend~
Looks magnificent and so unspoiled.
It looks wonderful, Cindy.
It is & cheers to you! <3
Beautiful surroundings, Cindy 😀
The Cooks are indeed beautiful!
Enjoy! This looks like a fantastic trip!
You have caught that wave beautifully!
Thank you. The waves on the fringing reef are gorgeous!
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Hugs to you sweet friend & hope all is well!
Simply a dream! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place!
Thank you more for your kind appreciation!
Looks like heaven. Enjoy!!
Cheers to you Darlene & Kia Orana!
This is so beautiful. Exactly the places my sister has been!
Amazingly small world!
Wow!! This looks sublime – everything is so pristine, the beach, the sky and sea. I’d never want to leave! Hope your son had a great time exploring.
Thanks Annika. He is having an awesome time & cheers to you my friend <3
Amazing images! It looks an incredibly gorgeous place
So happy you enjoyed & thank you. It is like a fairytale tropical island!
What fantastic beaches and such beautiful aqua blue sea.
That crashing wave shot is making me very envious of your holiday destination.
If I lived in NZ, I would come here regularly, which lots of New Zealander’s do! It is quite a trek from the US though…….
Beautiful pictures!😊 The pictures of the wave is speechless, very good capture!😊
I am honored! Thank you & cheers too~
Wonderful scenery, Cindy. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed Ranu. The Cooks are gorgeous islands. <3
Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you more for your kind appreciation!
Wonderful Cindy! Thank you for sharing its natural unspoiled beauty … and your good looking boy 😎
Thank you for such a very kind comment Val & cheers to you!
So pristine, clean, clear and no crowds. I understand you are loving it!
We are. These are special islands and people! Cheers to you Leya <3
toll, liebe Cindy, alles Gute für dich, Klaus
Vielen dank mein lieber Freund <3
I want to jump in that pool so badly.
It is isrresistible! I wish you you were here and could do just that!
How beautiful! Enjoy those wonderful seascapes and bring back some memories and photos for me Cindy! 🙂
Deal! And I love traveling with you Brad!
So lovely….have a great time, Cindy! 🙂
Merci beaucoup mon ami <3
My pleasure, Cindy. xxxxxx
Beautiful, Cindy. I love that little palm-treed island in the midst of the blue water and sky. So relaxing!
Yes, they are wonderful! They are called motus and they are empty and you can kayak to them and explore them!
A wonderful vacation indeed, Cindy! Love the pop of yellow in the kite against the blue!
The colors here are pretty are eye-popping! Cheers to you Terri~
Cindy I think you’ve found heaven on earth. It looks wonderful there.
It seems pretty darn close to me! <3
This place looks gorgeous. I’m dreaming of wonderful beaches now. Enjoy your time there’
Thank you and dreaming of wonderful beaches is good for your soul & psyche. So dream on…..I always do!
Pure bliss! You know how to live life, girlfriend! <3
I certainly try to not waste time! Hugs to you Eliza <3
Beautiful, Cindy. And your son has the same long and lanky look of our son. 🙂 –Curt
Long, lanky and nice! <3
The shades of blue are so peaceful! Beautiful photos here, and I love the hummers in your previous posts. 🙂
Ahhhh, so kind and so appreciated too <3
Looks like Paradise, Cindy! Enjoy your travels and soak up some of that warm sunshine for those of us still reeling from this unusually cold Spring!
Yes I have read about the inclement cold. Stay warm and dry and grateful there are no mosquitos. Even paradise has it’s flaws!
Cindy, this looks like a real paradise. So beautiful and unspoilt. The colours of the water and sand. Well, everything really.
Are you sure you will be able to go back home.😊.
Thanks for sharing with us, we can dream.
The good thing about dreaming is that dreams can be pure perfection, while real life never can be….
It looks absolutely beautiful!
The Cooks are exactly that! Cheers to you~
Gorgeous photos, Cindy. I could smell the clean air and feel the sand between my toes ❤
It is good to come here inr your mind, and the benefist are myriad, there are no mosquitos, or any other of the realities of reality. Hugs to you Tina, and love & prayers too~
Wow! Amazing, Cindy! You go!
Thanks Resa. As you know I get itchy feet if they aren’t moving around!
Beautiful! I actually learned about the Cook Islands in school today.
So close to home, but never visited. These beautiful photos make me want to go right now…
I wish you would hop on over! I would love to see you! <3
That would be fun
Enjoy your time there and your special time with your son. These are lovely photos.
So kind & so appreciated. Cheers to you <3
Oh my …. R&R of dreams meets reality! 😀
I hope you do visit here someday. It’s paradise without all the crowds.
Lovely blue skies and nearly every thing around has blue hue too!
It’s blue heaven here <3
Glad you’re enjoying the Cooks. Don and I spent a week there a few years ago and loved it.
It is very easy to love!
These pics are wonderful!
Wow ! Incredible ! 🙂
Yes, it is an incredible archipelago!
Bonjour ou bonsoir mon amie CINDY
Je viens te faire le cadeau des plus précieux
Celui du temps
De rêver à de nouvelles idées
De réfléchir aux anciennes
Peu importe le temps que nous passons ensemble sur nos blogs
Tu découvriras toujours de nouvelles dimensions
Au travers du miroir et de ce lien celui de notre l’amitié
L’amitié c’est aimer pour ce qu’elle est moi je le pense
Non pour ce qu’elle fait
En se sentant aimé
On est capable de grandes choses, de s’accrocher , de réussir
Belle journée ou soirée et belle semaine
Merci beaucoup mon ami Bernard!
God, I love those blue hues.
I do too, and today is even bluer! Cheers to you from the Cooks~
Hope the Cook Islands hold all kinds of fun, beauty and a few pleasant surprises for you, your hubby, son and your family (🌠 “Cindy’s Entourage!” 🌠)
Lots of love sent to you and yours! 💞
Love back to you Robin, and love visiting with you from all over this big blue world! <3
I love your stopping by, Cindy. This vacation seems so serenely blissful! 🐦 👣💦
<3 <3 <3
Amazing superb, excellent 💞👍
Ahhhh, so kind of you and cheers to you from The Cooks!
Absolutely spectacular Cindy! You see the most unique and incredible places. Thank you for sharing them with us!
Thank you more for coming along with me! You make the experience better~
What a beautiful place. The water looks drinkable. 🙂
It is a gorgeous azure sea which changes colors with the clouds!
Look out for a submarine (yellow) 🙂
They do not need that here. But they would certainly know the music,
Gorgeous destination, beautiful photos, thanks for taking us along Cindy! <3
Thank you more for joining me. I love traveling with you <3
It’s my pleasure!
Looks lovely!!! Beautiful photos!!! So blue!!!
Ahhhhh, thanks so much and cheers to you from The Cooks!
Can I come visit, while you are there!? 🙂
Come on over, there’s plenty of room!
Wow, seems to be a beautiful place.
Keep Glittering,… Love; TGA by Misha 💕👍😊
Same to you & thank you!
wow! have you come to vietnam for kite surfing in vung tau yet?
I will tell my son and I think he will go!
Wonderful pictures, Cindy
So happy you enjoyed & cheers from The Cooks!
Sing the blues
These blues make you happy!
Thanks Eunice. All is paradise, excepts for mosquies, coral scrapes, and biting ants!!! Every rainbow has it’s clouds…..
Sure does we must take it all
Taking my breath away… Beautiful captures, Cindy!
Awwww, Kia Orana Amy!
What a gorgeous paradise, Cindy! It looks wonderful there. And it’s great that your son joined you too. It sounds like finding good wifi is a real challenge!
There is a funny sign here that says, “No wifi. Had to hang out with my family…..found out they are really nice people!”
Incredible series of photos Cindy, and I hope your son gets you up kite-surfing soon ~ think of the photos you can get from such a perspective 🙂
Thanks Randall. Not me. But he is everyday!
Wow looks awesome!
Wonderful to hear from you & cheers to you from The Cooks!
Breathtaking! There’s almost too much to take in.💖
It is an amazing little island <3
It really is. One of the things I really like about blogging is I’m constantly learning. Your photos along with your colorful captions really bring them alive. And of course it gave me something to Google!
A beautiful speck in the middle of a very big sea!
I Googled the Cook Islands. They look magnificent. There are 15 islands with Rarotonga being the largest. I wonder how long it would take by plane from New York. The site said 6 hours. It has to take much longer to reach the South Pacific. I need to do more research.
The only flights from the US are from LAX and it takes over ten hours. All other flights go through Auckland or Tahiti or Fiji. Some Europeans fly to LAX, and then to the Cooks. The Cooks are not easy to get too, unless you live in New Zealand, but this is why they are wonderful. From NY you would have to fly to LAX, take the overnight flight to The Cooks which I think only goes once a week, Here is a link for you that may help:
I can easily see you too here <3
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A Place I Want To Visit
Hugs to you sweet friend and I hope you do visit and post about it. Kia Orana from The Cooks! <3
What a gorgeous place!!
Yes. The island that time forgot. Wonderful <3
Lovely! Another place I dream of visiting (along with the French Polynesian islands) when the ‘time’ is forgotten… 🙂
Islands of forgotten time are some of the best vacation spots in the world. I am glad you will visit and look forward to hearing your impressions~
What a heavenly paradise! The beaches are stunning. How I wish I could lay on the shoreline of one of those immaculate beaches. Thank you for sharing and taking me on yet another incredible journey with you, Cindy. 💙
You are most welcome and I sincerely wish I could beam you over there right now <3