Coconut palms trees and white sand beach and blue sky, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands. Image MBI000566.

Coconut palms trees and white sand beach and blue sky, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands. Image MBI000566.

.Coconut palms trees and white sand beach and blue sky, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands. Image MBI000566. Please email me, quoting this number if you’d like to license use of this image or purchase a fine art print.
Aitutaki, Cook Islands, South Pacific.
Position 18° 51? 0? S, 159° 47? 24? W (WGS84).
I wrote recently that bright sunshine and blue skies did not feature in my photography. Okay, i lied! I doesn’t feature that often, but when it comes to South Pacific islands what else can one do? Aitutaki, Cook Islands, must be one of the most idyllic places on earth; sunshine, pristine white beaches, warm clear waters teeming with life, coconut palms and wonderful friendly people. I, like most people who visit I suspect, felt my time there was all too short. I’ve limited this post to a a couple of beach views and pictures of coconut palms (there wil be more). Aitutaki is a coral atoll, the second largest of the Cook Islands (after Roratonga) and also the second most visited. The atoll comprises 22 islands in total; the largest, central island is Arutanga. The remaining islands lie on top of the traingular fringing coral reef that encloses the lagoon. Tapuaetai island (one foot island,) where these images were taken, is located near the southern tip of the fringing reef. it is a small island of sand and coconut palms, less than a kilometre across.
Recently germinated coconut palms trees ( Cocos nucifera) on a white sand beach, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands, South Pacific. Image MBI000904.

Recently germinated coconut palms trees ( Cocos nucifera) on a white sand beach, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands, South Pacific. Image MBI000904.

.Recently germinated coconut palms trees ( Cocos nucifera) on a white sand beach, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands, South Pacific. Image MBI000904. Please email me, quoting this number if you’d like to license use of this image or purchase a fine art print.
The coconut palm, Cocos nucifera, is a member of the family Arecaceae (palm family). It is found around the tropics. The cocnut seed is buoyant and may be distributed widely by ocean currents. Coconut palms flourish in sandy soils and are tolerant of high salt levels. They grow fastes where mean annual temperates are around 80 degree F (27 degrees C).
Coral platform, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands, South Pacific. Image MBI000905.

Coral platform, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands, South Pacific. Image MBI000905.

. Coral platform, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands, South Pacific. Image MBI000905. Please email me, quoting this number if you’d like to license use of this image or purchase a fine art print.
Coconut palms trees and white sand beach and blue sky, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands. Image MBI000906.

Coconut palms trees and white sand beach and blue sky, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands. Image MBI000906.

Coconut palms trees and white sand beach and blue sky, Tapuaetai island (one foot island), Aitutaki atoll, Cook Islands. Image MBI000906. Please email me, quoting this number if you’d like to license use of this image or purchase a fine art print.

Recently germinated coconut ( Cocos nucifera) on a white sand beach. Image MBI000907.

Recently germinated coconut ( Cocos nucifera) on a white sand beach. Image MBI000907.

Recently germinated coconut ( Cocos nucifera) on a white sand beach. Image MBI000907. Please email me, quoting this number if you’d like to license use of this image or purchase a fine art print.