Friday, 30 July 2010

Snakes Alive! We Have Arrived

Day 10 Maupiti to Niue, Thursday, July 29, 2010
Position at Noon Niue time (UTC -11hrs), 19 03.082s, 169 55.304w
We've just picked up a mooring at Alofi Anchorage in Niue, one of the world's smallest self-governing states (in free association with New Zealand).
We're looking forward to exploring this most unusual island. We've been doing our research and reading the World ARC notes. About 20,000 Niueans now live in New Zealand and only about 1500 live on the island itself. Niue is a raised atoll, formed of limestone. As we rounded the island on our route to the anchorage on the western side, we noticed hundreds of caves.
We can expect to see a rainforest on the island, and explore some of the caves and chasms. If we are lucky we might see some whales.
Oh, and Niue is known to have lots of sea snakes. But that's not the only reason for the corny blog title today. Robert and I take great delight in thinking up the corniest blog titles (most never see the light of day), just to embarrass our children.

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