Woman in bikini snorkeling in the crystal clear water of the famous beach of Tapuaetai (One Foot Island), a small islet in the south-east of the lagoon of Aitutaki, Cook islands.

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Southern Atolls

The Southern Atolls have a justified reputation for independent mindedness. In 1959, the southernmost atolls broke away from Male's rule to form the short-lived United Suvadive Republic before being forcibly taken back under the control of the central government a few years later.


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