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“Nearly treasure Island”
Review of One Foot Island

Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Aitutaki
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Owner description: This tiny island in Aitutaki's beautiful lagoon contains a post office and a single cabin that can be rented by visitors. Most visitors just come for the day to experience the tranquil location and to snorkel in the lagoon.
Invercargill, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
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“Nearly treasure Island”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

A beautiful tropical setting which was included as part of our Teking Tour of the lagoon as part of our honeymoon. Was a fabulous place with picture perfect natural beauty and features. Nice to walk on the bright sands, relax, enjoy the sun, and the very unique place this island is.... We even used the Post Office ! So worth the day trip and the snorkelling around the area is simply one of the worlds best. ...

Visited February 2013
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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“Barefoot Dreams”
Reviewed 1 November 2013

Having visited The Cook Islands 2 years previously, Stuart and I knew we had found the place we wanted to become husband and wife, and when we heard about Tapuaetai, known as One Foot Island, a virgin island completely uninhabited, surrounded by clear aqua waters and coconut trees, with a licence to marry, our hearts melted. We loved the fact that only 2-3 couples a month married there, not the usual conveyor belt weddings you find elsewhere. Aside from the reverend, our two witnesses, the photographer and the two locals who sailed us to the island, we had the island to ourselves, and had a traditional Polynesian wedding. It was beyond romantic. I would definitely say that the Cook Islands, Aitutaki, and One Foot Island, are places where time vanishes and where today is forever...........

Visited December 2012
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Blue Mountains, Australia
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“Beautiful Little Island”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

Beautiful spot, the water on the western side is the most stunning colour and perfect for a swim. Take your passport and have it stamped at the tiny Post Office (not open on weekends, but your Cruise operator can stamp it for you). It's a little gem.

Visited October 2013
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Avon, Ohio
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“Legend and Tropical Wonder”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

One Foot Island, or Tapuaetai in the native language, is one of 22 islands within the Aitutaki Lagoon. This island derives its name from the legend of a father and son that were spotted from a distance by a chieftain’s warriors fishing in the chief’s private lagoon. When pursued, they retreated to this island and the father sent his son ashore to hide in the trees while he followed, stepping in the same footprints as his son before. When the warriors arrived, they found the father and only saw one set of footprints, assuming they had caught the sole culprit, the son’s life was saved and the island was named. We visited the island for about 90 minutes as part of our Vaka Cruise lagoon tour during our Air Rarotonga day tour. Approaching the island, the water was a particularly brilliant shade of turquoise and the sandy beach where the boats arrive was clean, wide and white with bright green palm trees stretching overhead. Of the islands we visited during our lagoon cruise (in order; Akaiami, Moturakau, One Foot) this was the most beautiful with a wonderful beach and swimming area. There is just a touch of development with a tiny snack bar and post office just off the beach hidden in the palms which offers a few items to eat, beer and other drinks. The post office sells post cards, postage stamps and an opportunity for a souvenir passport stamp that is popular so be sure to take a few dollars ashore with you. We explored a good portion of the island and the area the tour boats arrive at is the most beautiful part of the island with an excellent beach and swimming where blue star fish, colorful fish and hermit crabs can be seen. One Foot Island is a beautiful place that we will never forget.

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful Island”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We had a day trip to one foot Island. We had a great lunch served on this private beach. There is a post office where you can get your passport stamped with a one foot Island stamp it's pretty cool. When the tide is out you can walk along the sand banks for miles. Loved every minute .

Visited February 2013
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