Also known as Enuamanu or Land of the Birds”, Atiu is a largely untouched volcanic island in the Cook Islands archipelago. It’s renowned for its limestone caves that have been used for centuries as burial sites and is surrounded by a fringing reef that offers exceptional snorkelling.
Things to do in Atiu Island
Join a guided eco-tour to explore one of Atiu’s many caves, which have been carved over thousands of years by both fresh and saltwater. Several feature pools of artesian water that are ideal for a refreshing dip. A highlight is hiking through the tropical rainforest that leads to the spectacular Anatakitaki Cave, which is home to a rare native bird known as the Kopeka.
Atiu is ringed by white sandy beaches where you can while away your days, including Matai Beach on the island’s southern shore. Don’t miss a visit to Taungaroro Beach, which is considered one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the Cook Islands and features several grottoes that are worth exploring. For some of the best snorkelling on Atiu, head to the natural sinkhole known as the Coral Garden.
Atiu is renowned for its cultivation of Arabica coffee, which is grown, handpicked and dried at the island’s plantations. Visit Atiu Island Coffee to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the process and taste fresh, fire-roasted coffee accompanied by pikelets with coconut cream. In the evening, head to a local tumunu where home-brewed fruit beer is served from barrels made using coconut trunks.
Getting around Atiu Island
Regular flights connect from Rarotonga and Aitutaki to Atiu Airport, which is the main gateway to the island. Ferries also travel between Rarotonga and Atiu. Renting a car and driver is the most convenient way of getting around the island."