Being able to spend your days living on a tropical island would be a dream come true for most people. When you imagine living in paradise, what do you envision? Even though this tiny island named Palmerston is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and full of natural beauty, it’s doubtful that life there would seem entirely perfect for most people. That’s because Palmerston is quite literally in the middle of nowhere. It’s isolated, difficult to get to and there are very few people who even live on the island. When you see it, you’ll think that it is an island paradise that anyone would be lucky to visit… but life there is a bit different.
Palmerston Island is one of the most isolated communities in the world.
Only 62 people live on the island.
And most of those 62 people are descendants of the Englishman, William Marsters, who settled there over 150 years ago.
Palmerston is part of a chain of islands known as the Cook Islands.
Not only is this island tiny, but it’s difficult to get to. Palmerston is one of a handful of islands connected by a coral reef. The reef is too high for sea planes to land on and the outside ocean is too rough for them as well.
The only way to access the island is by boat.
Once you get there, life is unique. The island, officially a New Zealand protectorate, does have some modern amenitis. However, power, internet and mobile phone signals are typically only available for a few hours a day.
The residents there don’t have access to shops, there are just two toilets and rainwater is collected for drinking water. Money is only used to buy supplies from the outside world, not from each other.
Island life on Palmerston isn’t like island life anywhere else.
The inhabitants of Palmerston live a life that would be difficult for most people to adapt to. They have to anchor their houses to trees on the island so that they aren’t blown away during storms. Not only that, but there aren’t many houses on the island to begin with. Their lives revolve around church, food and their small community. It’s a wholesome, peaceful life, but it’s without so many distractions that the majority of people are accustomed to. “We were made to enjoy the world, enjoy the fresh air, enjoy the sunshine, enjoy the things God put us on the earth to enjoy. He didn’t put us on the earth to kill other people or hate other people.” Source: BBC News Would you be able to live on Palmerston? Would your friends? Share this with others… their answers may surprise you.