Atiu Island also known as Enuamanu lies 187 kilometers northeast of Rarotonga. The villages are in the centre of the island on a flat topped plateau leaving the islands surrounding Makatea (coral reef) and beaches untouched and almost unvisited except by those seeking privacy, silence and tranquility. There are some 28 coral sand beaches, many of which are only accessible by climbing down the Makatea ridge and all are very secluded. The Three Grottos, which are pools under the cliff and linked to the sea, almost like sinking holes and Coral Gardens are worth a visit. Taungaroro is Atiu's best beach with beautiful white sand and swimming is possible at high tide. The coastline of Atiu is all coral reef cliffs and is quite rugged with sharp coral rocks webbed around the entire island. The inland tropical forest area is also rugged, bush clad and riddled with caves. Be sure to bring reef shoes or hiking boots for walking on the reef or visiting the caves.
The Anatakitaki Cave is the home of the indigenous Kopeka bird. The Kopeka rests in the dark cave by hanging parallel from the ceiling of the cave. A torch is used inside the cave to spot the birds and also provides lighting if you wish to swim in the fresh water underground spring. Excursions to the caves are conducted frequently and provide a real experience to nature lovers.
The villages of Atiu feature several island churches. The CICC Church is located close to the administrative centre of Atiu. Sunday church services are a special experience for visitors as you will enjoy the Cook Islands Singing. Women should wear a dress and if possible a hat. Men should wear long trousers.
The raised central plateau offers nature walks down the valleys through the lush tropical jungle. Atiu is also the home of Atiu Coffee known as a gourmet coffee in many parts of the world. A visit to the coffee factory is a must for visitors. Coffee tours can be arranged through our office.
Atiu is also known for its exquisite Tivaevae (hand sewn patchwork like quilts). One of the the island's favorite works is the Moko (lizard) Tivaevae wall hanging crafted by Andrea Manske-Eimke. Moko's sister done in beautiful shades of yellow and black hanging in the Jetsave Travel Office downtown Avarua, Rarotonga.
Andrea offers workshops throughout the year (based on numbers) in the art of makig tivaevae and is known throughout the islands for her exceptional wall hangings and quilts. Be sure to visit the Atiu Fibre Arts Studio where a selection of Andrea's Tivaevae's are on display. There are two places you can rent vehicles from, Super Brown which has a selection of scooters and one truck and Atiu Villas which also has scooters and one Jeep.
The Tumunu came into existence during the period when missionaries attempted to stamp out kava-drinking in the Cooks and the men would retreat to the bush to drink home-brewed "orange beer". The Tumunu is a hollowed-out coconut palm stump traditionally used as a container for brewing the beer. Today Atiu has 8 tumunu (bush beer schools) that survived the missionaries. All retain some of the ancient ceremonies associated with drinking kava, although the container is likely to be plastic nowadays and the beer may be made from imported hops. Traditionally it is for men only, and women rarely participate, but the rules relax for tourists and any visitor, male or female, is welcome. Attending the Tumunu one evening is a must for any visitor. The village men gather in the jungle at dusk around the barrel of home bush beer. They pass ladles of beer around while playing the ukulele, singing and impromptu dancing. It makes for a truly non-commercial night of entertainment
Credit Cards are not accepted at most of the small business's on Atiu and there are no ATM's on the island, so please be sure to take enough cash with you to cover meals, activities, dining and any vehicle rentals for the duration of your entire stay.
|Atiu Bed and Breakfast||Back Veranda||Lounge 2||Lounge 1|
|ATIU BED AND BREAKFAST - rates valid to 31 March 2017||SINGLE (per person)||EXTRA NIGHT (per person including transfers)|
|Single Room - Shared facilities||$60||$85|
|Double/Twin Room - Shared facilities||$60||$85|
All Rates listed are per person NZ Dollars including tax. Includes tropical breakfast. Return airport transfer are $25pp. The extra night is room and transfers only including tax. DOMESTIC AIRFARES ON ENQUIRY
|Atiu Villas||Standard Units||Swimming Pool||Family Villa and Loft|
to 31st March 2017
|Single(per person)||TWIN(per person)||TRIPLE (per person||EXTRA PERSON||CHILD|
|Standard Villa (max 3 adults, 1 child)||$210||$105||$77||N/A||$10|
|Family Villa (Max 4 adults 2 children)||$250||$125||N/A||$20||$10|
|2 Course Evening Meal||$30pp|
All Rates listed are per person NZ Dollars including tax. An Additional NZD $25 per person Atiu Airport return Transfers. Evening meals must be booked and are available at $30.00 per adult and $20 per child. Available for hire - Motor Scooter $25 per day and Jeep $55 per day.
|Kopeka Lodge||Twin Room||Kitchenette||Unwind under the Mango Tree|
to 31st March 2017
|Single||Twin (per person)||Triple (per person)||Child|
|Studio Unit (maximum 2)||$57||$57||n/a||n/a|
|2-Bedroom Unit (maximum 4)||$200||$100||$57||$30|
All Rates are listed are per person NZ Dollars including tax. An Additional $25 per person Atiu Airport return Transfers. DOMESTIC AIRFARES ON ENQUIRY
|Taparere Lodge||Single Bed||Interior view to back veranda||Double|
to 31st March 2016
|Single||Twin (per person)||Triple (per person)||Child|
|Standard Bungalow (max 3 people)||$95||$50||$50||$20|
All Rates listed are per person NZ Dollars including tax. An Additional $25 per person Atiu Airport return Transfers. DOMESTIC AIRFARES ON ENQUIRY
ACTIVITIES ON ATIU
ANATAKITAKI CAVE TOUR - The Anatakitaki Cave is the home of the indigenous Kopeka bird. The Kopeka nests in the dark cave and locate their nests by “sonar clicking” when flying through the darkness. The Kopeka only leaves the cave to search for food, gather twigs to make its nest and spends majority of its life in pitch darkness. A torch is used inside the cave to spot the birds. If you wish to swim in the underground fresh water spring this is done with candlelight. Excursions to the caves are conducted frequently and provide a real experience to nature lovers. The tour duration is approximately 3 hours and operates daily. Note: Strong, non-slip footwear is essential for this tour. Your Tour Host, Marshall Humphreys.
Adult: $35.00/ Child: (ages 5-12) $20.00
MARSHALL'S DISCOVERY ISLAND TOUR -See some of the rich bird life on Atiu, Enuamanu, land of the Kingfisher, Pacific Pigeon, Long Tailed Cukoo, Pacific Golden Plover, Reef Heron and many more. Also visit a range of historic sights including The Cook Islands Christian Church, Captain Cook's Landing, the Coral Gardens and a burial marae. Learn of the people of Enuamanu and their customs. Experience the dramatic variations in bush and coastal scenery. Walk some of the island's spectacular white coral sand beaches. Relax and enjoy a tropical picnic on the Bondi beach of Atiu. Your Tour Host, Marshall Humphreys.
Adult: $50.00/ Child: (ages 2-11) $25.00
RIMARAU BURIAL CAVE TOUR -with the Humphreys Family. Join our guides on a walk back in time to the days when life was very different! Visit the maraes of Terea Mataiapo and Katara, home of Tu Tavake (the God of War), listen to the legents of young lovers, fierce warriors and feats of incredible strength. Walk the dramatic route taken by hundreds as they went to meet their death. Enter the burial cave and see the final resting place of their earthly remains. Note: Strong nonslip footware is essential for this tour. Insect repellent is advisable. Access to the burial cave places some restrictions on peoples physical size and ability to cope with confined spaces. This tour is not recommended for young children.
Adult: $30.00/ Child: (ages 5-12) $20.00
BIRDMAN GEORGE ECO-TOUR - During 2001 -2003, 30 KAKERORI (Rarotonga Flycatcher) were introduced and these birds are now thriving. In 2007, 27 of the colourful KURA (Rimatara Lorakeet) were also introduced. Local guide Birdman George monitors the survival of these rare birds. He offers a tour that includes visits to the known territories of the kakerori and nesting sites for the kura.
ATIU ISLAND COFFEE TOUR -Mata Arai is a local business woman who has been hand processing coffee, the traditional Atiu way for many years. She has taken interested visitors on tour to see her coffee plantation and has shown them the process of Atiu coffee. Mata treasures the memories of her Grandmother, thats why she still uses the traditional methods passed on to her in remembrance of her grand mother. The tour includes an informative walk around her own plantations which her and her family planted, tour of the coffee factory where she shows you how she cleans, dries and cooks the coffee beans and then lastly packaging of the end product. After the tour, Mata serves a pot of her exceptional coffee with fresh coconut cream and her ever popular sweet coconut pancakes.
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