Few places on earth are more remote than Palmerston Island, a coral atoll in the Pacific that is home to only 62 people.
A supply ship arrives perhaps twice a year. Visitors are few, perhaps discouraged by how difficult it is to reach Palmerston, one of the Cook Islands.
“I love Palmerston because it is a beautiful place and very relaxing — nothing much to do and more like a place to enjoy life,” one islander tells BBC News.
With fish plentiful, the boats go out and no one goes hungry.
“We share the fish to all of the homes on the island,” the islander adds. “Sharing is caring.”
Englishman William Marsters, a ship’s carpenter and barrel maker, reached the island in 1863 with two Polynesian wives, added another and annexed Palmerston from the British government, according to Wikipedia.
His large family included about 23 children. All but three of those who live there today are descendants of his. Palmerston is the only one of the Cook Islands where English is the native language.