Sunday, February 12
This video is of a journey around Rarotonga on board the charter game fishing boat the Akura.
This wasn’t a fishing trip however; Akura was the spectator vessel during the Vaka Eiva outrigger canoe festival in November last year and I was lucky enough to get a ride for the mixed round Rarotonga V6 relay, thanks to Cook Islands News.
You might spot the occasional vaka in the video but this one is really about travelling around the island in an anticlockwise direction, starting and ending at Avatiu harbour. (For more of the canoes see the Vaka Eiva 2011 video here.)I used to get seasick just looking at waves and small boats are notoriously unstable both for shooting video and for people with queasy stomachs. Dramamine cured the queasy stomach problem but the boat, the camera and me pitched, rolled and yawed our way around Raro and the video makes this quite clear. People with a delicate disposition be warned!