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Palmerston, Cook Islands Cruise Port

Palmerston Island is blessed with an utterly fascinating past, yet it is one which many travellers will find difficult to believe. In 1863, an English barrel-maker named William Marsters arrived on the then unnamed island with his Polynesian wife and two Polynesian mistresses, and set about creating his very own settlement for his family upon the idyllic shores. 150 years later, his descendants still occupy this paradise island, greeting every single visitor as if they are a long lost part of Marsters' incredibly large extended family.  

The island itself is not so much a single locale as a coral atoll, featuring islets joined together within a complete circle of coral reef. The effect of this unique geography is truly special, as a natural lagoon makes up the heart of the island, vibrant with parrot fish and exotic birds. The rare atmosphere of this island makes for a true island experience, and the travel opportunity of a lifetime.

Sightseeing on Palmerston Island

The Central Lagoon

The main lagoon of the Palmerston Islands has amazingly been the main source of income for the settlers since the beginning of their time as rulers of this incredible atoll. A bright crystal blue, and seven miles wide, this lagoon is flecked with the kaleidoscope colours of coral heads, giving it a glittering hue.

Lush vegetation grows on the banks, and palm trees waver listlessly in the cool breeze during the west season. For snorkelers, this is an azure paradise- parrot fish and green turtles glide through the waters all year round, making it an unmissable spot to enjoy marine life in an utterly serene environment.

One Foot Island

Just a short boat ride away from Palmerston, this Aitutaki beach spot has become legendary within the Cook Islands for a secluded shoreline that you won't have you dashing to get away from the crowds

Whether you want to enjoy the pacific breeze in the shade of a brace of palm trees, head out kayaking, or get a good look at exotic birds, this is one beach spot you won't soon forget. It's worth heading out there in the afternoon to get a chance to shop at the charming merchant boats that sail the coast looking to sell their wares, as well as a fine selection of food.

 There also plenty of boat excursions to be taken from the site of One Foot Island, where you can charter fishing trips angling for the rare bonefish, or kayaking out within the coral reefs.

Shopping in Palmerston Island

If you're looking for a luxury shopping experience, needless to say, you won't get it on Palmerston Island. The impeccable hospitality of the natives means you won't be wanting for anything while you enjoy your stay upon this slice of paradise. For the truly curious, curios such as hand woven beach towels and jewellery are crafted by the islanders to be sold at an incredible price.

Eating Out in Palmerston Island

There are no restaurants on Palmerston per se, but this all adds to an utterly spell-binding culinary experience you're unlikely to find anywhere else. Each of the families have a long tradition of being skilled fishermen, and per request, they'll head out to the central lagoon and grab the fish of your choice. Talk about fresh seafood.

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