Another attractive and interesting
side of the Cook Islands can to be found on the outer islands of
Atiu and Mangaia, in the Cook's Southern group. Here the islanders
way of life has remained virtually unchanged in thousands of years,
with the exception of the building materials used to construct
their homes and the design of the clothes they wear.
There is no tourist infrastructure
on the outer islands and only a couple of very basic hotels to stay
at, but the experience of the visit is in our opinion well worth
the short term lack of creature comforts. So if you would like to
get a real feel for the Cook Islands, may we suggest that you
consider a visit to Mangaia and Atiu.
Atiu is again a 50-minute flight
from Rarotonga, but this time north, northeast. It is very similar
to Mangaia in its history and culture but is much flatter than
Mangaia although it does have some deep valleys. It also has a
Makatea ridge and its unique bird species, the Kopeka which are
small birds that nest deep inside very dark caves and navigate
their way through the caves by echo sounding, which is a truly
remarkable event to witness, even if you are not a bird
Please contact us for
accommodation and pricing information.