Palmerston among world’s most unexplored places

Monday December 30, 2019 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Palmerston among world’s  most unexplored places

Palmerston Island has been named one of the 12 world’s most unexplored places by an American online media company.

Insider, which is known for publishing the financial news website Business Insider and other news and media website, says Palmerston is a remote island in the South Pacific that’s visited by a supply ship only a couple times a year.


The northern group island described by the BBC as “one of the most isolated island communities in the world,” is known as the home of Marsters family.

Insider said: “Due to its hard-to-access location — it requires a plane trip to Tahiti, then a boat from Tahiti to the island — Palmerston is rarely visited by outsiders, and it’s the only island in the group that is known to be inhabited.”

British explorer Captain James Cook first discovered Palmerston in 1774, but he did not land on the island until 1777.

The 2016 Cook Islands census recorded only 58 people living on the island.

Meanwhile Insider’s other world’s most unexplored places are Pitcairn Island (located 300 miles from New Zealand), the Southern Namib (part of the Namib Desert), Surtsey (a volcanic island off of Iceland), Son Doong Cave in Vietnam’s Nha-Ke Bang National Park, North Sentinel Island (part of the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean), Vale do Javari (an isolated Amazonian village near Brazil’s border with Peru), the world’s tallest unclimbed mountain Gangkhar Puensum, Antarctica, Devon Island (located off of Canada), Greenland and the Salween River (one of Southeast Asia’s longest rivers).



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