A "stupid" place to visit?
There has been language reverted from this article of the form "There is nothing on the island so 'travel' there would be stupid!". See Wikitravel:Tone, Wikitravel:Be fair and Wikitravel:Don't tout (specifically: give the traveller the information they need to decide on their own) for an understanding of why this language is being reverted - to briefly summarize, it's not the job of a travel guide to tell someone what they're going to think about a place, it's the job of a travel guide to provide an accurate description of a place so a traveler can decided if they want to visit, and will then have the information they need about that place if they do visit. It's fine to describe this island as remote, difficult to reach, and offering minimal services, but it's not OK to say that a visit there is a stupid idea - let the traveler make up his or her own mind. -- Ryan 21:25, 17 September 2006 (EDT)
There`s no reason for stating that the water in the lagoon is fundamentally undrinkable. Obviously it is stagnant with a high degree of organic matter in it but the only times that it would be completely undrinkable is when the monsoon temporarily breaks up the halocine gradient and causes the surface water to become brackish. At all other times the water could be made potable by filtering with beach sand and cloth and solar sterilising the strained water in a normal clear PET plastic water bottle. It would obviously be preferable to bring one`s own supply owing to the inherent dangers of drinking bad-quality water.
The following bulletin quotes visitors who stated that the water was drinkable:- http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/atollresearchbulletin/issues/00094.pdf