The Marine Bio and Oceanography classes took a walk just around the harbor and checked out the intertidal zone at low tide after breakfast. With the day ashore, ten of us checked the map of the island briefly before setting out to hike through the center of the island to the other side. The map was never looked at again and it wasn’t very detailed anyways (tourist map). An hour into the hike we came to the foot of the highest of the three mountains and hit a dead end. With no signs, it was mostly an expedition to find the trail that would lead to the waterfall on the other side. The group split up and a half hour later we found each other again and made our way up the highest peak at about 2,000 feet after a very steep climb. The view was spectacular and gave us a near 360 degree view of Rarotonga. We made it to the cold, refreshing waterfall with a family from town whom we met along the way. The hike took about four hours total. After the hike, we jumped on the transit bus that was circling the island. The bus ride was interesting and Rarotonga is an extremely beautiful place. The tourism isn’t excessive, though definitely present. Instead of a few Americans, as in Bora Bora and Tahiti, all the tourists appear to be on vacation from New Zealand. Since it was a Sunday, the town was closed for the day with the majority of Rarotongans at church. When we returned to Argo, the local boys were still jumping off the dock just off the stern. The day ended after dinner with the Basic Seamanship midterm, which by now was a cakewalk.
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