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One Foot Island (Tapuaetai)
One foot island is a motu located in the southern part of the lagoon and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in all of the Cook Islands. Island visits can be arranged via charter boat trips, or you can rent the whole island and spend the night. The accomodations on the island are primitive for those who spend the night. There is a run down structure to sleep in, but there is no electricity or phone. There is excellent snorkeling right off the beach of One foot Island. There is also a sandbar that you can hike out to in ankle-knee deep water about a quarter of a mile away.
Type: Beaches / Natural Point of Interest / Water Sports

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Website: One Foot Island (Tapuaetai)

Address: South end of the lagoon

City: Tapuaetai

Country: Cook Islands

GPS Lat: -18.937139689481

GPS Lon: -159.73417282104

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My Average Rating: 3.74
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Reviewed by: sloshed
Review date: Mar-23-2009
We were here in 2002. Ugh, it has been a long time. We got a tour from Kimmy and Ralph, who were very friendly and fun tour guides. We rented the island for the night and after our guides made us a parrot fish lunch (that they caught right there), they left us there. The shack is a dump and is probably a total of 200 square feet. The downstairs has about 10 square feet of space that somewhat resembles a kitchen. There is a toilet and shower down there too. Upstairs is an open room with what we called "insoles" (like for shoes) for beds. Do not spend the night if you can't rough it. There is no electricity, phone, or any other modern converniences. If you get hurt, nobody can help you. There was also a rat in the "house". These are the things that make this adventure at its finest.

We were idiots and accidentally left our food on Aitutaki, but we did remember to bring 3 liters of gin. There were chickens on the island and we were tempted to go that route, but we drank our dinner instead.

In the channel just of the beach in front of the house, is some good snorkelling. We saw giant clams, an octopus, fish, etc.

The beach in front of the house with the lagoon as a backdrop is probably one of the most beautiful places you will ever see. The water off to the northwest is knee deep and you can wade way out to a sandbar sometimes called "Heaven". Take some coconuts with you and you can play some Bochi ball out there.

When night fell, we were hit with a violent tropical storm and were confined to the front porch, but had a great time. Kimmy and Ralph were worried about us, so they came back earlier than scheduled in the morning to get us.

If you go to Aitutaki and don't go to One Foot, then you have really missed out. Spending the night there is one of those once in a lifetime Gilligan island adventures that you will likely never have the ability to do. 

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