Last week, the renowned National Geographic magazine ranked One Foot Island in Aitutaki as one of the 21 best beaches in the world.
It featured alongside some of the well-known beaches such as Cathedrals Beach in Spain and Playa del Amor in Marietas Islands, Mexico.
National Geographic ranked One Foot Island under soulful solitudes which also featured Lazy Beach of Cambodia and Sunset Beach in Brunswick Islands, North Carolina.
“The marooned vibe is so palpable here it lured hit show Survivor to this 15-island atoll,” the magazine said of the One Foot Island.
“Tapuaetai, ‘one footprint’ in the local Maori dialect, is a short hop across the translucent lagoon, with a coconut palm-fringed shoreline you can trace in 15 minutes, but don’t rush, and don’t forget a footprint-shaped passport stamp from the hut turned post office.”
Cook Islands Tourism Corporation chief executive officer Halatoa Fua hopes this latest recognition will boost the industry on the island.
“Another milestone for Aitutaki and the Cook Islands, as the only Pacific Islands destination featured in National Geographic’s 21 best beaches in the world,” Fua added.