Day 29: COMING TO AN END
We spent the majority of the morning getting packed up and ready for our flight home, which wasn’t until later this evening. We had to make a short flight back to Raro at 7pm, and then collect our bags for the long haul back home to LA, and that wasn’t until midnight.
So we had a late breakfast (fortunate that Tamanu Beach was gracious enough to let us have a late breakfast after the 10am closing time). Afterwards, I was busy killing time in the lobby area on the computer (fighting off mosquitoes as usual) while Julie was out and about doing her site inspections.
After Julie was done with her site inspections, we went for lunch at Pacific Resort. We wished we could’ve had dinner here last night, but it was Island night, and we didn’t feel like stuffing ourselves with a buffet. In hindsight, we should’ve booked for Cafe Tupuna’s last night instead of the night before and did the Pacific Resort a la carte dinner that first night. So lunch here would have to do, and we looked forward to eating here (especially given our dining experience at their sister property in Rarotonga). But it turned out that the lunch experience here was quite disappointing, and I guess our hunch that the excellent dinner in the sister property in Raro would carry over to here was a bad bet. We probably would’ve had a better lunch eating pizzas at Samade’s By The Beach…
The rest of the afternoon was spent vegging in the one free room that Mike at the Tamanu Beach graciously allowed guests to wait in for the flight tonight. There were two other couples chillin’ out here as well. And everyone was taking turns taking showers though the AC was only confined to the bedroom.
I had contemplated hiking to the very top of Aitutaki Island, but ended up not doing it because we were simply too lazy to ask around for directions to the start of the walk. Plus, we were also not in the mood to sweat it out considering we still had lots of flying to do later on tonight.
And so our extended honeymoon finale ended rather anti-climactically. On the bright side, maybe the whimper of an ending might be a sign that our travels and learning experiences don’t end here and might continue in ways we hadn’t anticipated.
Only time will tell…