Rakahanga is called the island of Gente Hermosa (Beautiful People).
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Rakahanga is closely tied with its nearby neighbour Manihiki, and was once more populated due to its larger landmass. These days access to the Cook island is made by first travelling to Manihiki then journeying by sea the 44 kilometeres south to reach the island.

When the Spanish explorer Fernandez de Quiros discovered the island in 1606 he reported that the women of Rakahanga were of the most exceptional beauty and “if properly dressed, would have advantages over our Spanish women.” A Fransciscan friar on the same ship called Rakahanga the island of Gente Hermosa (Beautiful People).

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