The waters of Aitutaki lagoon teem with marine life.  And from November to February, they're the mating grounds of sea turtles...the Hawksbill turtle, onu taratara (left) and the green turtle, onu.  The Hawksbill is on the  "critically endangered species" list produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
...if you're paying a visit to One Foot Island!  You won't need it to land on the islet, but you will want to get it stamped at the post office which sets up there each day...a unique souvenir of this piece of paradise.  You can buy One Foot Island postcards and stamps too which will get a special postmark if you use the postbox on the island

A rarely sighted hawksbill
Not your average post office!
When the sun goes down, relax some more as the picturesque lagoon takes on a new beauty.   The photo on the right is of the aptly named Paradise Cove
More stunning photos courtesy of Marcus Gleinig
Lagoon sunset
Aitutaki letter box
Sunset over Paradise Cove, Aitutaki
One Foot Island
(as you sit under a palm tree and dip your toes in the warm clear water!)

Aitutaki was first settled in 900AD
The name means God (aitu) led (taki)
Captain Bligh discovered the Island in 1789, 18 days before the mutiny on his ship, the Bounty
The great naturalist, Charles Darwin visited the island in the "Beagle" on 3rd December, 1835
The total land area is 18.5 square kms   (7.1 square miles)
Three quarters of the lagoon is 4.5 metres (14.76 feet) deep
The maximum depth of the lagoon is 10.5 metres (34.45 feet)

Reflections on Aitutaki
Passport stamp from paradise
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A lagoon cruise on a boat like the one above left is the easiest way to explore and enjoy the stunning lagoon and its many motus.   British and US visitors may recognise some from the TV series "Shipwrecked"  (Channel 4 and E4) and  "Survivor Cook Islands" (CBS). Clicking on the underlined links will give you more information about the exact locations for each series
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