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Discover Atiu, a remote volcanic island, part of the Southern Group archipelago Nga-Pu-Toru in the Cook Islands. Located within the South Pacific Ocean, Atiu is framed by virgin beaches, sparkling lagoons and limestone coral reefs called Makatea. Organic Arabica coffee and pineapple plantations are bountiful, thanks to the fertile soil here. About 400 indigenous warrior people live in five quaint villages across the island. Atiu is a haven for eco-conscious travelers. While the pristine waters around offer diving, fishing, and cruising opportunities, inland excursions include offroading, hiking, and cultural encounters. Atiu’s dense tropical jungles are dotted with numerous caves, ancient burial chambers, and artesian swimming holes. Also known as Enuamanu – Island of Birds, Atiu’s exotic native avifauna attracts birding enthusiasts. Home to the unique Kopeka birds, Anatakitaki cave is the island’s highlight attraction. Atiu’s century-old tradition, ‘tumunu’, brings locals together every evening. It involves sitting around in a circle and chatting over a shared cup of homemade fermented fruit juice!

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  • Beaches
  • Landscape

Highlights

  • Virgin Beaches
  • Plantations
  • Fishing, Diving & Cruising

Activities in Atiu

Bird Spotting Tour in Atiu

If you’re a bird lover, you’ll love this birding excursion, arranged by the Atiu Villas. The tour is conducted by Birdman George, aka George Mateariki, who cares for a large and graceful flock of Rarotongan Flycatchers (or Kakerori) in Atiu, as part of their recovery program. Make the most of this opportunity to view these spectacular birds from up close, as well as a variety of other exotic feathered inhabitants of the island. Walk down ancient trails in the company of the birdman, learning about indigenous plants and their medicinal uses. End your tour with a refreshing picnic by the beach!

Rimarau Burial Cave Tour

Explore an archeological burial site of the ancient islanders on this fascinating tour. Your visit to the burial cave is arranged by Atiu Villas. After a hearty breakfast in your hotel, get ready to drive down to Atiu Villas, if you’re not a hotel guest. Join the hotel’s experienced guides on a trek through lush tropical rainforests to reach the protected burial site. Admire the dramatic landscape along the way, picking up interesting island trivia, folklore, and colorful legends from your guide. Pay homage to the remains of the hoary souls who lie buried in these old caves, and browse through the ancient artifacts on display at the site. Drive back to your hotel after the trip.

Places to Stay

Atiu Villas

Style: Resort

Atiu Villas is a family-run boutique escape, nestled amid the lush tropical gardens and pineapple plantations of the remote Atiu Island, in the Cook Islands. This tranquil property, set on a central plateau, overlooks a pine valley, down to the South Pacific Ocean.

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