This is probably the largest fish I have come in close contact with. Although looking down on him from the boat was close enough for me. The Gaint Trevally or GT for short is a large marine fish found throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. It can grow to over a metre and a half in length and a weight of up to 80kg. This photograph was taken in the Aitutaki lagoon. There were at least three or four GTs. Nearly everyone on the boat went snorkelling in the water with them but I wanted to focus on photographing them. That’s my excuse for staying out of the water anyway!
Moturakau is one of 22 islands in Aitutaki. This photograph is one of my favourites from my 8 days in the Cook Islands. I visited Moturakau on the Vaka Cruise which took me to a number of the more famous islands on a full day trip around the lagoon. On the horizon is the smaller island of Rapota. These islands were used in the British reality TV series Shipwrecked as well as the American series Survivor. Both islands are uninhabited and about 100 metres across in both directions.
Last week I was in Rarotonga for four days and nights. I stayed at the Rarotonga Backpackers on the west coast of the island. This was great as it was right on the beach but also just a short drive to the airport and main town of Avarua. Inside the main communal area was this large mural. It was about three metres high and 8 metres wide. According to a small sign in the corner this was painted by Tutai Ataera.
Sign at Muri Beach
Since travelling so much I have seen a number of signs showing how far away I am from various places. In New Zealand they are particularly popular, especially at Bluff and Cape Reinga. Muri Beach is one of the most popular public beaches on the island of Rarotonga. This sign was on the edge of the sand. I particularly like the inclusion of McDonalds and KFC. Sadly I am not sure that there are many places left in the world quite so far away from such fast food places.