It is quite inconvenient that the best water and sunrise are on the complete opposite side of the island
where no backpackers or hostels are set up, and no easy transport to get to that side,
(not to mention all the swanky resort-goers all reside on this side of the island).
Aside from Ni, who I had invited to stay with me at the Passage Villas, my accommodation in Raro,
a few other friends who had wanted to see the sunrise from mine had missed out on it,
because they didn't think the rainy days prior & forecast of showers would warrant a good sunrise.
But I had a beautiful sunrise every morning at the villa.
I would nudge Ni awake, she'd moan and get up,
I'd open all the curtains to the glass doors that make up the direct entrance to the front lawn & sea,
and we'd first sit and watch the beautiful sun from the bed.
Later, we'd go out, i'd walk right up to the sea on the small deck made available by the owner,
the waves at the break are very close to shore,
the sound roaring yet serene.
On another day, i'd pull out the outdoor seat cushion onto the front yard,
and I'd hold a cup of hot drink in my hand,
pull the brand new blanket the owner provided over me,
and watch the sun rise over the horizon under soaring wings of sea birds,
The ocean breeze and warm light washing over me.
I could really live here long-term...
It's so lucky to be able to own a gorgeous spot of land right here & set up houses like these.
People are truly blessed here...
I wish I had ancestry like the people of the Cook Islands,
How special it is to be able to have such a strong tie to our own land like this.
The owners of The Passage Villas are local and half-Niuean-half-Norwegian.
I hope to stay here again and get to know them both a bit better.
This time I was out early and came home very late as I was with friends.
I want to spend more quiet time just at the villa itself,
and breathe in that ocean air brought in by the lapping tides coming over the coral reef.
Here's a video proof to those who didn't believe in Raro Sunrises in rainy season and then regret it afterwards. It was pouring the day before this and on this day after 8am. But look at the sunrise!
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