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WorldPacific OceanSouth PacificCook IslandsPalmerston
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Palmerston Island is a coral atoll in the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean about 500 km northwest of Rarotonga. It was discovered by James Cook on 16 June 1774.

A true atoll, Palmerston Island consists of a number of sandy islets on a continuous ring of coral reef enclosing a lagoon. The largest of the islets include Palmerston, North Island, Lee To Us, Leicester, Primrose, Toms, and Cooks. The total land area of the islets is approximately 1 square mile (2.6 km2). The coral reef covers about 3,600 acres (15 km2). The lagoon is some 7 miles (11 km) across, covering an area of 56 square kilometres (22 sq mi). There are several small passages through the reef for boats, though there is no safe entry for large ships.


See Cook Islands.


See Cook Islands.


See Cook Islands.


See Cook Islands.


On approach (maximum 15 nM) call Palmerston Island Administration on VHF Ch. 16 with your approximate time of arrival. Do this even if you have cleared into the Cook Islands at Aitutaki or Rarotonga.

See also Cook Islands.


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Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Palmerston Island Yacht Club

Palmerston Island Yacht Club/wiki/Palmerston#Palmerston_Island_Yacht_Club
Marina icon Palmerston Island Yacht Club [[Palmerston#Palmerston Island Yacht Club|Palmerston Island Yacht Club]] 18°03.388'S, 163°11.406'W

Edward Marsters is the Palmerston policeman and runs the Yacht Club. Services to cruisers include laundry, hot showers, pot-luck area, book exchange, etc. He will accept any sort of surplus boat bits you may have. Contact him before you leave Aitutaki or Rarotonga for Palmerston to assist with any goods that need to be brought to the island

[email protected]; Tel: +682 (87) 265; Fax: +XX (XXX) XXXXXX; VHF channel 16


Palmerston Anchorage

Palmerston Anchorage/wiki/Palmerston#Palmerston_Anchorage
Anchorage icon Palmerston Anchorage [[Palmerston#Palmerston Anchorage|Palmerston Anchorage]] 18°02.810'S, 163°11.552'W
There 8 private mooring which you can use, for a fee.


Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
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Laundry In Palmerston Island Yacht Club
Garbage ?
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas N/A
Chandlers N/A
Repairs N/A
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A


Give the names and locations of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, etc.

Store name1/wiki/Palmerston#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EStore_name1.3C.2Fspan.3EProvisions icon Store name1 [[Palmerston#Store name1|Store name1]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Eating out

Give the name of recommended restaurants, tavernas, pastry stores, etc.

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Name/wiki/Palmerston#.27.27.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EName.3C.2Fspan.3E.27.27Eatingout icon Name [[Palmerston#Name|Name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.


Most visitors arrive by private yacht, and the island sees about a dozen visiting boats a year. There are supply boats that arrive two or three times a year.



Give a short history of the island.)

Places to Visit

List places of interest, tours, etc.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Cook Islands.


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