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Palmerston is a tiny atoll in the Cook Islands, located about 480 kilometres north of Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands. The atoll consists of two low-lying islands, Akaiami and Manuae, and is surrounded by a lagoon. It is the most remote inhabited island in the Cook Islands and is home to a small community of around 50 people.

Palmerston has a rich history, having been discovered by Captain James Cook in 1774. Cook named the island after the British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, who was in office at the time. Over the years, the island has been visited by a variety of explorers and traders, including whalers, missionaries, and even a few pirates.

The island has been inhabited since 1863, when William Marsters arrived with three Polynesian wives and settled on the island. Marsters and his descendants have remained on the island ever since and have become the main inhabitants of Palmerston. The island is still owned by the Marsters family, who are the only people allowed to live there.

Today, Palmerston is a peaceful, isolated island, with a unique culture and way of life. The island is a popular destination for tourists, who come to experience the quiet beauty of the island and its friendly locals. It is also a popular spot for fishing, snorkelling, and diving, with its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life.

Palmerston is a beautiful and unique island, with a fascinating history and a warm, welcoming community. It is the perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful getaway.

Excursion tips for a day in Palmerston

As a tourist in Palmerston in the Cook Islands, there are many exciting activities you can do in a single day. Here are a few ideas:

1. Take a boat tour around the island to explore its stunning coastline and crystal-clear waters.

2. Visit the local museum and learn about the history and culture of the island.

3. Enjoy a picnic on the beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the lagoon.

4. Go snorkeling and see the vibrant reef and marine life.

5. Take a hike to the top of the island and admire the panoramic views.

6. Visit the local market and pick up some souvenirs or fresh produce.

7. Enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Cook Islands cuisine.

8. Try your hand at fishing and catch your own dinner.

9. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun on the beach.

10. Learn how to make a traditional flower garland and wear it proudly.

Experience Palmerston with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Palmerston. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Palmerston

Palmerston in the Cook Islands has a tropical climate with hot, humid summers and warm, mild winters. The average temperature year-round is around 25°C, with the hottest months being December, January and February and the coolest months being June, July and August. During the summer months, there is a lot of rainfall, with June and July being the wettest months. The winter months are usually dry, with the occasional shower. The trade winds blow from the east and northeast throughout the year, providing some relief from the hot summer days.

Cruise weather for Palmerston

Our weather forecast for Palmerston helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 25.4 °C
min: 24.7 °C
40.3 m/s
42.8 m/s
63.9 %
24.1 m
68.8 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 25.7 °C
min: 24.9 °C
40.0 m/s
41.0 m/s
33.1 %
23.8 m
69.7 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 25.8 °C
min: 24.9 °C
30.6 m/s
31.0 m/s
39.6 %
24.0 m
69.9 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 25.6 °C
min: 25.3 °C
32.4 m/s
33.5 m/s
49.4 %
24.0 m
73.3 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 26.0 °C
min: 25.3 °C
36.7 m/s
45.0 m/s
83.3 %
23.9 m
76.5 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 26.5 °C
min: 25.8 °C
36.4 m/s
50.8 m/s
67.1 %
21.3 m
87.2 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 26.2 °C
min: 24.2 °C
33.7 m/s
48.8 m/s
29.5 %
20.9 m
77.8 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 24.1 °C
min: 23.2 °C
25.4 m/s
25.6 m/s
1.9 %
24.1 m
65.5 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 23.9 °C
min: 23 °C
27.7 m/s
26.3 m/s
11.0 %
24.1 m
64.8 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 24.2 °C
min: 23.7 °C
31.7 m/s
33.8 m/s
72.6 %
24.1 m
65.8 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 24.8 °C
min: 23.3 °C
43.9 m/s
45.4 m/s
63.1 %
24.1 m
70.9 %
1,017 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 25.4 °C
min: 24.2 °C
43.9 m/s
46.1 m/s
68.0 %
23.3 m
71.5 %
1,016 hPa

Cruises to Palmerston

Would you like to travel to Palmerston on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Palmerston.

Scheduled ship calls in Palmerston, Cook Islands
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 11th 2024 Friday, 11th of Oct. 2024 Silver Cloud Expedition 06:30 am 02:00 pm
Apr. 29th 2025 Tuesday, 29th of Apr. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 09:00 am 06:30 pm
Oct. 7th 2025 Tuesday, 7th of Oct. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 07:00 am 12:00 pm

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