At weekends and at night, the 34-year-old has been developing his photography skills – and late on Wednesday nights, he captured this extraordinary image at Avana.
“Photography is my stress reliever,” he said. “I've always wanted to take a picture of the Milky Way here in Rarotonga
He tried a week earlier, but despite waiting for two hours, the clouds did not clear.
“But last night the sky was so clean and the stars were so bright that I was able to take it well, I think.
“We are lucky in Rarotonga. Because besides being Covid-free, there is not much pollution in the sky for us to see the Milky Way.”
Reyes never intended to end up in Raro. He was living in the Philippines, when a friend told him his boss wanted a mechanic “in Cook Island, part of New Zealand”.
Imagine his surprise to end up on a south Pacific tropical island with a climate similar to the Philippines. His friend laughed at his surprise – but Reyes was delighted.
What initially seemed a stepping stone to New Zealand is now home. “I enjoy Rarotonga and I love it. And because it’s Covid-free you can do what you do, while other countries still suffering the Covid.”