The third-largest of the Cook Islands, this volcanic landmass is around eight million years old!
With rare indigenous birds and plant life, Atiu has five small villages of Tengatangi, Areora, Ngatiarua, Mapumai and Teenui nestled in its centre and a whole lot of awesome all around. With hidden, secluded beaches and the ever-present volcano in the background, Atiu makes for an unforgettable getaway. Add to the mix lava tubes which have transformed into majestic underground freshwater pools and shimmering lances of stalactites and stalagmites.
Traditionally known as Enuamanu (land of the birds), Atiu has over 28 secluded white sand beaches leading down to a shallow and narrow lagoon. And of course, no visit to Atiu is complete without a Tumunu stopover – a 200-year-old institution. As history has it, local men gather at sunset after a day in the fields to partake locally brewed fruit beer and to exchange news, views and reviews. There are several tumunus on Atiu, and they are still located in the ‘bush’, or forest surrounding the five villages.
The Atiu Fibre Arts Studio is well worth a visit. View intricate and beautiful tivaevae – a local quilt which is lovingly designed and laboriously hand-stitched. Learn from the locals how to make Tapa cloth and how this humble fabric is used in the Cook Islands culture.
And finally, Atiu coffee is known for its aroma and taste. Roasted and packaged on the island, it makes an ideal memento of a visit to this fascinating island. Check out our partner hotels on Atiu and day-tour options below!