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adelaroger from Australia visited in July 2013

About Atiu Island::
The island looking beautiful and it is easy to believe that you have it all to yourself!!! The local people of the Australia are very welcoming and we had a lot of fun at their Island Night.
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Jackdorson from Australia visited in July 2013

About Atiu Island::
I love fruit season and now the fruit season is ending.i was lucky enough to find some mangos ang passion fruits by the roads.i will never forget those moments.
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Ellen Marie Henriksen from Norway visited in April 2013

About Atiu Island::
We had a very nice stay ay Atiu Villas.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Thank you for some unforgettable days, good food and the night with music and dancing. I will never forget you.
Thanks from Haakon and Ellen

Jan and Ross from Ballarat Australia visited in September 2011

About Atiu Island::
We loved Aitu and will definitely be coming back again. The island is beautiful and it is easy to believe that you have it all to yourself!!! The local people are very welcoming and we had a lot of fun at their Island Night and a party night where we and most of the local population were entertained by expat Aitu singer Kutia Tuteru. Beautiful beaches, the amazing colours of the water, millions of perfect shells of all sizes,hermit crabs, the complete quiet, the fishing, sunrises and sunsets, great coffee (not your cafe latte set!!) wonderfully prepared local food, informative tours, local art.....we cant say enough about this island. Its greatest asset is the low keyed nature of all that happens here...island time, no stress,low tourist numbers, peace and serenity. Get out of the resorts of Rarotonga and discover the real Cook Island experience!!!

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
We stayed at Aitu Villas. Beautifully crated individual villas with resident Gekko set in lovely tropical gardens. Excellent accommodation. The stocked larder came in handy however we ate each night at Kura's Kitchen - great food and bar! Our thanks to Malcolm, Kura and her cooks and barman Andrew for your wonderful hospitality.

Ari & Arja from Vantaa Finland visited in March 2011

About Atiu Island::
We absolutely loved the relaxed peace of Atiu. One of the rare places you can get rid of mechanical engine sounds and just listen to the nature. Great place to get around with bicycle and walking. The fruit season was ending, but we were lucky enough to find some mangos ang passion fruits by the roads. Tumunu pubs are great to meet the local people. Caves are worth while to explore, but the makatea is very difficult to go. Luckily we could lend proper shoes from our great tour guide Marshall. Our first visit and stayed 8 nights, this was great. Gotta come back some day.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Just what we were looking for. Good variation of food in the fridge to prepare (if you wish), great dinners and high quality service from Kura & Roger and the staff.

Simon Daniela from Wellington, NZ visited in July 2010

About Atiu Island::
Go bush with George- you won't regret it!
If you want to get to know Atiu Island from a long time local's perspective, take an eco tour with Birdman George. His comprehensive knowledge of native and introduced wildlife, and medicinal plants will fascinate you. Eat and drink from the forest on the tour and then enjoy a tropical feast on a white sandy beach. You might even like to try your hand at creating your own dinner plate! Highly recommended.

The Anatakitaki cave is a hidden wonder of Atiu. A must see for bird lovers.

Stayed at Are Manuiri:

Susan Hutchinson and Simon Daniela from Wellington, NZ visited in June 2010

About Atiu Island::
We loved spending time with Mata Arai on her Atiu Island Coffee tour. This must be one of the closest, tastiest sources of organic coffee to New Zealand. Mata's tour gives visitors a real appreciation for the process involved in getting a cup of coffee to your table. The morning was relaxed and fun, and the with the delicious freshly roasted coffee and morning tea included in the price, was also great value for money. Of course you can support the local economy and buy Mata's coffee to take home. A must for all coffee afficionados!

Stayed at Are Manuiri:

Helen Osana Teura from New Zealand visited in December 2009

About Atiu Island::
Went for the Matenga Family Reunion 09! It was such a good trip to be back on the Island for the 3rd time! Was allsome to meet all the extended families coming from New Zealand, Rarotonga, Australia and Atiu!!All coming together for the Reunion. The Matenga and Teupoko Atua family is made up of five brothers..The oldest being Taringa, Kau, Mana, Upiri then Tuanu. Im from the Tuanu family!!! I learnt alot being on the Island, and knowing where I come from. Im blessed to be born on such a beauitful Island! and being givin the name 'Osana' named after the meeting house of Mapumai and born on the year it was open in 1988. I had such a goodtime there!! Big thanks to all the locals and uncle Tee and aunty Judith for having us there and meeting aunty Nelly, who is the mayor of Atiu!!! Also having a goodtime down the Tumunu!
I didn't get to visit the Caves but I hope I will be back on the Island at the end of this year 2010!!

..Much Love to the Rest of the Family back home keeping our Island Beauitful!
-xo Helen

Stayed at Other:
We stayed for Three weeks @the Atiu College in Mapumai!!! from 18th Dec/09-7th Jan-2010
..had to try and get used to all the cockroaches and spiders and everything and anything that craws!!!!!But before a week was up, we all were pretty much use to it!!
Was a good place to stay in!Stayed there the last time we came with our Kara Sports Club in 1996-97
and its good because my family comes from Mapumai..Got to visit the Atiu Villas and Bungalows!Got feed by alot of groups there, The Teenu Group and alot more!
...It was good as we stayed not far from the Te Po-nui Boys Tumunu!so it was good to taste the homebrew for the first time!But our family house is right next to the Osana Hall but we stayed @the school with all the rest of the families for the Reunion!
No doubt we shall be back again!

Tony from Canada visited in September 2009

About Atiu Island::
I have to tell you I cannot get Atiu out of my mind. Atiu is really the only place of it's kind. I am saving up to come back with my wife, with a little luck that should be in about a year.

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Rikki Hunt from UK visited in February 2009

About Atiu Island::
My family and me are chosen to take part in a series of films based loosely on surviving a shipwreck. Our film was called "The Real Swiss Family Robinson" and was filmed by the BBC for broadcast on Easter Sunday in 2009.

We had a most fabulous if not uncomfortable time on the Island even though we were at the beginning of the Monsoon and suffered badly from Mosquito bites (abut 20 per toilet visit!)

We spent 20 nights on the beach, in our self built accommodation, which we called Crab Cottage due to the fact that it seemed to be mating season for the crabs, which at night would drop from the volcanic rock, which acted as the back wall to our home. They would then crawl over us and head for a night of fun in the water before doing the same in reverse in the early hours of the morning.

I am in the process of posting our video of the trip (better late than never) on Youtube with the heading of "The Real Swiss Family Robinson" for those interested.

The people of Atiu are Beautiful, Kind, Generous, Accommodating and most all Fun. I would recommend a visit to anyone.

I have to get back some day.

Love to all on the Island

Rikki Hunt, Laura, Chris, Hannah and Robby. xxx

Stayed at Other:
Aitu Villas are Fab

Barbara and Dean Hadley from USA visited in May 2008

About Atiu Island::
Thank you to all the people of Atiu Island for such a warm welcome, the great food and hospitality. Everyone who was with us had a wonderful time.

Tee and Judith were our guides and we enjoyed their company and thank them for their time and answering all our questions. Mata was a wonderful tour guide and host also.

My husband and I hope to visit again.

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May 2008 Star Flyer sailing vessel.

Nora Devoe from USA visited in January 2008

About Atiu Island::
We visited in January 2008. We loved the tranquility and friendly people! Atiu is an ecologist's paradise-- we enjoyed the tropical plants, birds, walking on the reef to view the lagoon life, and the peace of an uncrowded place. Very beautiful and a balm for the spirits.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Atiu Villas was a perfect home away from home. We especially enjoyed the sparkling pool and the verandah of our little whare. Everything needed is provided and the design is thoughtful and pleasant. Roger and Kura are wonderful hosts--there when needed but happy to let us do our own thing. What a great place to unwind and start the New Year!

Mr and Mrs Tangata Uamaki from New Zealand visited in December 2007

About Atiu Island::
Very Beautiful Island. Enjoyed the people. Have been thinking of wanting to live there, but have come home to talk to my children about this. Lived in the village of Mapumai my Village. Went over for the opening of Parua Ariki house in Mapumai. Mapumai is the Best and i encourage my kids to go and see for themselves.

Stayed at Other:
Nothing better than home, like to thank my nephew Tee and wife Judy for their hospitality and the people of Atiu. We will be back at the end of 2009.

Christian & Michaela Hahn from Europe / Austria / Scheibbs visited in October 2007

About Atiu Island::
First of all we wanne say hello & many thanks again to Roger and Kura. We enjoyed our stay here on atiu very much.
The birdlife tour with George was cool. It was a good way finding out more of this small island. The big cave visit you should not miss & try the bush beer!
A short summary for real austrian peoples now:
"Scheen wors do und uns hods guad gfoin. Wenn wir des goid wida hettn, ded ma gern wida do her voarn."

Stayed at :
We stayed in villa nr.3 at Atiu Villas. Quite & very nice.
We never used the pool or the tennis court however never seen a better one on other islands. And the last think we have to notice here is .. We are sorry about the blacks!

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Ron Paterson from New Zealand visited in July 2007

About Atiu Island::
We visited Atiu in July 2007. We don't normally go on tours, but on Roger's recommendation we went on the birdlife tour with George (fantastic!) & the Atiu Island coffee tour (very interesting). We also enjoyed the walk into the big cave, with Marshall.

Other highlights were the singing at the Cooks Islands Christian Church on Sunday morning; biking around the island (the overhangng trees are magnificent); and snorkelling in the 'coral garden' at low tide.

Atiu is a very special place. We look forward to returning.

Ron Paterson & Greg Hill
Auckland, New Zealand

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
We stayed at Atiu Villas for 4 nights. We loved it. Roger and Kura are warm and knowledgeable hosts. One of the things we especially liked is that they are so well linked to the local community.

The villas are simple and tastefully designed - plenty of privacy, and an airy, spacious feel. We spent lots of time relaxing on our deck. The surrounding gardens are beautiful. The evening meals in Kura's kitchen were really nice. The fresh tropical fruit left in our room were delicious.

We highly recommend Atiu Villas. We plan to return.

Ron Paterson & Greg Hill
Auckland, New Zealand

Betty Magnusson from Canada visited in January 2007

About Atiu Island::
The island is beautiful and quite different from Rarotonga or Aitutaki in many ways.

Birdman George's tour was fun and his Sunday umu prepared lunch was fabulous - good feed George.

The tour of Anataktaki cave was certainly a highlight of my trip to the Cooks.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
I loved the cabins and the gardens. They were beautifully made cabins and very clean and well stocked. The food at Kura's Kitchen was great and I enjoyed the "family" seating arrangements. The island night was great fun. Thank you Roger and Kura.

Dilshad Shahid and Bryan Russell from USA visited in January 2007

About Atiu Island::
We were in the Cook Islands as part of our honeymoon and were thrilled to have the chance to visit such a lovely place as Atiu. Everyone we met was so friendly and warm and there were so many natural wonders to see and explore. We hope to visit again in the next few years.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Atiu Villas is a gorgeous place - we loved wandering about on the grounds, sniffing flowers and looking at the pineapple plantation. Our accommodation was beautifully decorated and the peace and quiet was heavenly. We also enjoyed having dinner together with our hosts and the other guests while we were there.

Moyle Manu from Australia visited in December 2006

About Atiu Island::
hello to all my family love you all and miss u heaps too take care and God bless everyone

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Kelly, Martin and Ned from Australia visited in October 2006

About Atiu Island::
Atiu made our time in the Cook Islands an experience to remember rather than just another beach holiday. You will never regret taking the decision to get out to the smaller islands; but make sure you allow long enough. Three nights on Atiu wasn't. (Also be warned that the direct flight between Atiu and Aitutaki is vulnerable to cancellation if there aren't enough takers.)

At 20 months old, Ned enjoyed rounding up the hermet crabs and driving around in the jeep.

Apparently it will be even better when he's six. We'll be back in 2011, but for a week at least.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
The Villas have a great garden setting and are very comfortable. The dinners at Kura's kitchen are an excellent and sociable way of finding fresh food and I suspect Roger could hold his knowledgeable own on just about any topic.

Sadly, we missed an Atiu island night, which Roger and Kura can organise for a quorum of guests, but we won't next time.

If you have kids, rent the jeep, but don't blame us if they don\'t want to get back in their car seat when you get home.

EZRA TUTERU from RAROTONGA visited in October 2006

About Atiu Island::
Kia orana aunty Kura and Uncle Roger.

I am writing to let you both know how happy i was to see this on the internet talking about out dear island. So good to read comments about mums coffee tour and how the tourist enjoyed it. I hope mum knows all about it. Well I don't have much to talk about our island b'cos i will always come back home.... to mum and Ben. That's all from me, Take care aunty and Uncle, See you next time.

To anyone who is reading this, Atiu is the best island to go, so many things to explore and have fun with. from me to you all think twice.

Stayed at Other:
I live at my own place in Atiu.

Margaret and Jon Burgmann from Australia visited in October 2006

About Atiu Island::
Wonderful little island. Like many other visitors, we wished we'd been able to stay longer. Two nights was not nearly enough, there was so much to do and see. We especially enjoyed our morning with Birdman George, searching for birds and learning about the plants we were passing on our way.(George - we saw those little blue lorikeets you mentioned on Aitutaki). Our photos are a reminder of a great adventure in a very beautiful part of the world.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Really comfortable, and appropriate to the climate and setting. Having food provided in the fridge for breakfasts and lunches was very convenient - actually, I am not sure what the alternative would be!! We really enjoyed eating evening meals with the family and other guests - thank you to Roger and Kura for your hospitality.

Therese Brian & Georgia Phillips from Australia visited in August 2006

About Atiu Island::
Loved the island and our hosts Kura and Roger were warm welcoming people who went out of their way to show us this magnificent island. We just wish we had spent longer than thre days on the island and perhaps next time we visit we will. Thank you for an enjoyable holidday and it reafffirmed to us after our third visit to the Cook Islands it really is paradise on earth.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Fantastic and the villas provided everything we neede for our stay. The food in the restaurant was delicious and filling and we looked forward to our evening meals. This place will hold a special place in our hearts.

Jack and Kelly Paradise from Dallas Texas, USA visited in June 2006

About Atiu Island::
What a perfect little island. We have never been so blissfully isolated and still felt safe and comfortable. This was our first experience on an island where everyone we met was happy to have us there. I would like to keep this wonderful place a secret, but it seems the locals would rather open their doors to the world.
Thanks to everyone for all the smiles and all of the memories, especially all of our good friends at the Te Po Nui Tumunu aka Big Night Boys for the good vibes, great brew and crazy disco dancing. If you are lucky enough to have this much fun you have to go see Mata the next morning for the cure- coffee and warm pikelets.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Roger Malcolm was quite a host. Not only is the place expertly built and perfectly landscaped, but the food was outstanding. Kura managed to crank out some of the best meals we had on our entire month-long trip. Dinner drinks ands talks with "Dr. Roger" in the restaurant really made for a nice end to each day. We can't wait to get back to Atiu. Special thanks to Roger for making introductions to all of the amazing people we met.

Griggs Irving from USA visited in June 2006

About Atiu Island::
Atiu Island was a magic experience for me and my friend Mary Ann. We centered at the Atiu Villa which was beautiful beautiful beautiful. Everyone at the Villa was so friendly and hospitable reflecting the charm of the place. This friendliness started at the delightfully informal airport and continued through the whole island.

Atiu provided the quiet remoteness we sought in the Cooks but with enough creature comforts to make it a relaxing stay. We walked to the shore, we walked into the village.
As inveterate birders our binocular were always hanging over shoulders. Our Birding Day with "Birdman George" was fabulous. An extraordinary naturalist in many ways, he brought us to areas and birds we never would have found on our own. George is a treasure.

On another day, George took us and a small group on an amazing island tour not to be missed. The tour culminated with a beachside feast never to be forgotten

We desparately wanted to go to the Cave of the Atiu Swift. It was our great fortune to have the talented, informative and thoroughly charming Marshall Humphries lead a small group over the wild wicked trail to this amazing cave.
Yet ANOTHER lifetime event.

SO much more- an afternoon at a primative coffee plantation and home roastery..

All this in the quietude of a remote island..

Forever grateful,

Griggs Irving - Seattle, WA





From the friendly airport to the Atiu Villa

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Chris and Shireen from New Zealand visited in June 2006

About Atiu Island::
Our stay on Atiu was pretty special as we got to meet and flavoured the 'real' Cook Island people. The island was untouched and unspoilt in many places, people were hospitable and friendly. We fished, enjoyed the bike ride round the island and enjoyed the many activities of cave walks, eco-tour by George the Birdman; reef fishing and wonderful Cook Island singing at the church! We met some very interesting people on the island at Kura's Kitchen and enjoyed the lovely meals prepared each night. We came back with great memories and the warmth of the people who touched us.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
The villas were comfortable and clean and the grounds well kept. Kiki was a great host and the entire staff were equally wonderful.

Grant and Vanessa Lloyd from Canada visited in April 2006

About Atiu Island::
Nice website, we were just discussing the island geology and we're pleased to find such a professional website giving us the details.

well done

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Best wishes to Roger and all the folk at the villas. Thanks for sending my shirt back. Brittany says hi to Einstein.

See you again

The Nelsons from Scotland visited in August 2005

About Atiu Island::
Flew over from Rarotonga soon after the spectacular final concert of the Te Maeva Nui Festival 40. We loved the dance, instruments and song, so we were delighted to experience it again - but this time close up and personal - at the Atiu Villas island night. James Humphries led us expertly through the old coral rocks (makatea) and caverns to the Anatakitaki Cave, and there were these amazing little Kopeka swiftlets clicking their way through the darkness. James' dad, Marshall, escorted us around the island and we appreciated that so much. We learned lots from Juergen about coffee production and have a cushion souvenir from his wife's tivaevae studio. Fishing from the harbour with Papa Moi was a privilege, and Kiki helped us barbecue our catch. We visited Punua Aukino and saw how he makes his beautiful ukeleles - he had none complete, but there was one in Raro on our return there, so it's here in Scotland! The singing in Church was magnificent - it was Parade Sunday, familiar from home! and then George's special tour and lunch on the beach. Highly recommended.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Just lovely. Warm hospitality from Kura and Roger. Enjoyed the tennis court and seeing pineapples grow. Tootling around the island on the scooter is quite an experience too!

Martin & Doreen from Holland visited in July 2005

About Atiu Island::
We spent some lovely days on Atiu Island. Unfortunately, we were not able to stay as long as we had hoped for (due to a strike from Air New Zealand), but nevertheless we had a great time!!
What a beautiful, rocky costline!! And sooo blue! Just WONDERFUL! An island not to be missed during a Cook Islands trip!

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Our stay at Atiu Villas was very, very nice! Roger was a best host!! He gave us (and probably every one that choses for Atiu Villas) a very warm welcome by showing us around on arrival. The stories and jokes that Roger told us about the island were truly entertaining!
We liked the bungalow 5 so much that we wanted to keep the key ;-) / we forgot to hand in and discovered on Raro. Hopefully it came back in time for the next guests!!

wally osullivan [ ex army ] from N.Z. visited in June 2005

About Atiu Island::
I have visited Atiu Island on a number of occasions since my 1st visit in 1986, when I was tasked to carry out community activities with the N.Z. Army. On each occasion since, I have been highly impressed by the hospitality, and generosity of the local people, and for accomodating me during my visits.It is always a sad occasion when I have to leave the island, and I always vow to return.Thank you one, and all.

Stayed at Other:
I cannot speak highly enough for the accomodation provided to me by Ma & Pa Henry [ Areora ], and Clara Upoko, & family, [ Mapumai ]. Kiaorana.

Tornina-Sharn Pukeiti from New Zealand visited in April 2005

About Atiu Island::
Hae, hae, hae, im soo glad i found this site, uhm just want to sae a BIG hi to mr and mrs Pukeiti and miss you sooo much. a big hi to Korina a.k.a Tarina hpe awl is well miss you kuz aand cant wait to see you next week. hi unle Roger and auntE Kura Cant wait to see you all when i gt to atiu. Big ups to Enuamanu StuDents for taking gooD care of me when i was there and if you see this sae hi to all mi gurls n bois and ill see you soon. Hae Vaa inoe we left off on a rough patch buh hpe we can be friends again n hpe your mums aiyt. if you havnt been to Atiu yet, idont know whats hlding you back its a beautiful island with friendly, lovely peeps...get you but there youl enjoy it. mmwwaahhss Atiu Represent Awl Da Wae!!!!!!!

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numanga from new zealand visited in November 2004

About Atiu Island::
kia orana every1 me jus a halla out two every 1 in the islandz speacially the numangaz ill b ova thier 4 xmas

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Jayne and Ian from UK visited in November 2004

About Atiu Island::
Really glad we spent time on Atiu - it's a lovely island, yet to be spoilt by large scale tourism - empty beaches - very quiet roads - friendly locals - bliss! A very chilled and relaxing few days - wish we'd stayed for longer than 4 days. Would definitely love to return some day......

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Our villa was lovely - clean and well appointed in a beautiful garden setting - everything we needed was there. Made a new friend in the cat called Quasi (Einstein). Kura's Kitchen was great food every night, and Roger was the perfect host.

Tom and Alejandra Amen from California, USA visited in August 2004

About Atiu Island::
Of all the islands we visited during our month long stay in the Cooks, Atiu was definately our favorite. The island is beautiful and peaceful, and the islanders are some of the most genuine, welcoming, and gracious people we have ever encountered. The activities and sights are numerous for such a small island, and even our six night stay seemed too brief. With miles of gorgeous, empty beaches, and a rugged, verdant landscape, Atiu is truly a gem.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Roger and Kura Malcom are wonderful hosts, and have created a beautiful environment in which to relax and unwind. Built with native materials, the Atiu Villas are nicely appointed, clean, comfortable, and peaceful. Kura's Kitchen, the only restaurant/bar on the island, is right on the property, and offers excellent meals, prepared with the freshest local ingredients available. Guests gather each night at 7:00 for dinner, drinks, and great conversation. The restaurant also regualrly hosts island nights, which were among the most intimate and spirited we encountered in the Cooks. Atiu Villas is a very special place, on a very special island. Meitaki ra nui nui Roger and Kura for your warmth and hospitality. We wish you health and happiness, and hope to see you again soon.

Marina from Germany visited in August 2004

About Atiu Island::
Hello ! Nise greedings on the Group "Enuamanu Tamariki", youre the best !!!!
Marina

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Lisa from Germany visited in July 2004

About Atiu Island::
Hi! Sorry, I don't have a chance to visit Atiu before. But I know someone from Teenui who was in our town to dance for our Hula-festival. So I want to sent my love to Angareu P., Benas T. and Solomon R. . I want to just say that I've take you in my heart. Finnished I want to say that I want to come visit your island...I promise!! Godd bye your Lisa

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Colin & Barbara Moore from Rarotonga visited in July 2004

About Atiu Island::
Was a very pleasant respite from the pace of Rarotonga!! Thoroughly enjoyed both Roger (Atiu Villas)and James / Marshall's (Atiu Tours) commentaries as they showed us special parts of their island. Discovering more for ourselves was a pleasure and we didn't even mind that the plane was delayed for our return to the "rat-race".
The only other comment is that our visit to Atiu Island Coffee would have been enhanced with more information about the history of coffee on the island, how/when/why etc and it would have been great to have seen the entire processing of the coffee in action, rather than just being told about how it happens. From a tourist's perspective, the information given can be improved upon to add interest to this particular tour.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Glad the cupboard was stocked - now, it just needs that fresh bread on Sunday morning!!!

Reply : Atiu Island Coffee writes - point taken. We will definetly make sure our tour includes a history of Atiu Coffee and that there is a more interactive demonstration on how to process Atiu coffee.
Atiu Villas replies - We have taken up your suggest further and have arrange for the Akai Bakery to deliver fresh baked bread to your villa door on Sunday morning at 7.30 am. They will also deliver to other properties. Thanks Colin and Barbara for your suggestion for making holidays on Atiu even more enjoyable.

Barbara and Rex Weavers from New Zealand visited in June 2004

About Atiu Island::
Enjoyed the peace and beauty of the island and the friendliness of the locals. Found George's eco tour particularly rewarding, enjoying his company, what he taught us about the birds and plants on Atiu and his comments on life in Atiu in general. Finished it off with a splendid beach picnic. Mata's coffee tour was also an extremely interesting and enjoyable experience - excellent coffee, pikelets, fruit and conversation.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Very comfortable and well appointed. The larder of food supplied proved very useful. Roger was very helpful in suggesting things to do and organising everything for us. We had only one of Kura's meals but that was a very pleasant experience.

Garry McAlpin from USA visited in June 2004

About Atiu Island::
I haven't visited your Island Paradice as of yet. I am planning a visit in the next 2-3 months. I would just like any comments you can give me on how or IF a US citizen could relocate to your Island and start a small tourist centered business. I am by FAR by NO means rich.. but am looking for a nice quite place to spend the rest of my years. ( I'm 45 ) and live a nice quite life running some sort of small business that will sustain me. I do have enough money to invest in something I'm looking for. Thank you for any help you can give me.

Stayed at Other:
A hut on the beach would be great.
txgman59@wmconnect.com

Robert and Maureen Higham from New Zealand visited in May 2004

About Atiu Island::
Enjoyed the welcome, and the very informative talk from you Roger as we drove to the Villas, from history, geology, to current affairs. Lovely to meet your gracious wife, Kura who Maureen especially thoroughly enjoyed speaking with. We found the Villa's, it's gardens, and indeed the Island itself a tranqil haven. We have had meant to write earlier, but as you can see after all this time, we still think of you and your lovely place there, and the most enjoyable, peaceful time we had there with you. Oh, to be there again.
The meals Kura's Kitchen provided were A1. The outing with Birdman George was good too, and what a delicious and filling lunch he prepared. So interesting to see the rare birds with him, and then to see one again at the Villas.
Our Coffee Plantation trip was topped off with Maries pancakes & coffee for morning tea at her home. And what a wonderful experience to walk through the coral - jungle and into the Kopeka caves. And the Bush Beer experience ! By the way, the book 'From Kauri Trees to Sunlit Seas' we bought from you (which is so readable) was about $4 More expensive at Rarotonga, and almost double the price at the Rarotonga Airport - How on earth can you undercut their prices ??
We wish you both a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Thanks you both again for a wonderful and unforgettable stay.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Clean, tidy, peaceful, roomy, and excellent host and hostess

Niels Wagner en Tamara ter Laak from Holland visited in May 2004

About Atiu Island::
We stayed for three days on this beautiful island. We also went to Aitotaki and Rarotonga. But Atiu was very pretty is has taken a little place in our hart. I reccommend atiu for everybody.. peace / quiet en beautiful nature. we love Atiu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Very nice. the food was perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love atiu

James Minchau from Canada visited in April 2004

About Atiu Island::
I flew here on the flight simulator and Looked up the website... No I want to go for real! Looks great.

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Sean and Lisa from USA & New Zealand visited in February 2004

About Atiu Island::
Atiu is one of the most peaceful places we've been. The friendly, smiling people, coupled with pristine beaches all to oneself, makes Atiu a place to which we must return.

We took a cave tour with Marshall and had a great time... Lisa fell in the cave and had to visit the clinic for her cuts and bruises, but that was just part of the adventure. Let Marshall know that it was still a great tour.

Also, tell Kau Henry that the religious videos I promised him and his family are on the way through Airmail. And thank Sam and the Boys for a great evening at their tumunu... I can't find bush beer at any of the pubs back home!

I hope Atiu will be as peaceful and friendly when we return... I'm sure it will! Thanks for a wonderful journey.

Stayed at Are Manuiri:
We were on a budget so Are Manuiri was the perfect fit for us. We had nice accomodations and friendly company. We comissioned a tivaevae from the Atiu Fibre Arts Studio and it turned out beautiful.

Tony and Cynthia from Alaska, USA visited in February 2004

About Atiu Island::
I am in Alaska getting ready for the rainy season here and I am looking thru the pictures we took of your beautiful island. We loved the people and the relaxed pace of things. We cycled all over the place and loved the shoreline. We regret not spending more time in the coral garden and we loved the warm rain that fell while we were there. The caves were worth walking too and the local dancing was a treat and one day we'll be back.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Just what we needed after Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Relaxed, private and all that we needed was there. The meal we had before the dancing was fantastic and the whole experience was the best we had in the Cook Islands.

Nancy Freeman from Arizona, USA visited in December 2003

About Atiu Island::
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My villa was clean and spacious, and the atmosphere was wonderfully relaxed. I enjoyed going on the cave tours and coffee tour with the other guests, and striking off on my own by bicycle. Kura's cooking is great, and Roger was a font of fascinating stories about Atiu's history and current events. I wish I could have stayed the week, and not just 2 nights.

Janet Ferguson from Hastings New Zealand visited in December 2003

About Atiu Island::
My mother was born in Atiu and moved to new zealand where i was born.when i was born i was going back and fourth to Atiu staying with my grandad and family.I was 14 when i went back to Atiu and was the 1st time i could interact with people and the island.From the 1st time i landed i loved it the atmosphere was nice, it was warm.We stayed at our familys, my mums dad's in Mapumai where my aunty. my cousins, uncle and my loving brother Fabion.....i went all around the island on the beaches, was nice and relaxing, going to the Ngapia's to play pool,ping pong, chat with youth, drink fizzies and have fun.Went on a scooter around Atiu.I meet alot of people who i truly miss alot.If i had a choice i will return to Atiu for good.To the Akai family i love you all.....

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A Dream come true.

Mack Shaver and Holly Bundock from USA visited in November 2003

About Atiu Island::
The geology of Atiu is fascinating. A great contrast to Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Plenty to do. Especially enjoyed hiking to the caves, watching the 'swiftlets' return, echo locate, and roost.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
This was the perfect spot for us. Friendly. Easy to talk to all. Relaxed living. Plenty of privacy. A stocked refrig. or terrific food and island singing in the restaurant. Great porch for long, leisurely reads... or a glass of wine or beer after a strenuous day of poking around on the Villa's motorscooters. Don't tell Roger or Kira, but we were especially fond of gnarly old Einstein the cat, and he of us... or maybe it was the milk from the fridge.

Richard Darling from U.S.A. visited in November 2003

About Atiu Island::
Friendly and hospitable - this is what the South Pacific is all about. Advise a little restraint at the Tumunu first time.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Wonderful - clean, comfortable, convenient - perfect for the tropical island setting.

Alex and Charlie Snowdon from England visited in October 2003

About Atiu Island::
We loved Atiu, it's a lovely, unspoilt paradise. Hire a bike and cycle round the island! Lots of beautiful, deserted beaches.

Atiu Villas were so nice and clean and peaceful. Roger was a very entertaining host and we especially loved Einstein the cat! Very much hope to be back one day. The Island Night at Atiu Villas was fantastic.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Atiu Villas were so nice and clean and peaceful. Roger was a very entertaining host and we especially loved Einstein the cat! Very much hope to be back one day. The Island Night at Atiu Villas was fantastic.

Joel & Angie Bright from Oahu, Hawaii visited in October 2003

About Atiu Island::
We have been waiting for a long time for this vacation and Atiu is truly a paradise. We want to thank you for your hospitality, great dinner and island intertainment the night we came. We hope to return someday and stay longer.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Great comfortable bed and very clean ammenities. Its was a very relaxing environment.

Emma Sedlacek from Australia visited in September 2003

About Atiu Island::
Beautiful! Better that Aitutaki! Pity we didnt leave long eneugh, we will have to come again and stay for longer next time.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Very nice, we felt very welcome. The dinner was beautiful, and the accomodation too. Thanks for your hospitality!

Greg from Canada visited in August 2003

About Atiu Island::
What a beautiful island! I'll have to come next year.... really, really nice......

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WAYNE & DILLYS GONINON from TASMANIA. AUSTRALIA visited in June 2003

About Atiu Island::
HAVE STAYED TWICE AND LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING BACK NEXT YEAR (2005). VERY FRIENDLY LOCAL POPULATION, FANTASTIC HOSTS. INCLUDING KIKI. GREAT SCENERY

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
GOOD COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION IN VERY A NICE ENVIROMENT, WIH EASY ACCESS TO ATTRACTIONS. GREAT EVENING MEALS.

Doreen C. Zelles from Monterey, CA, USA visited in May 2003

About Atiu Island::
We were 3 of 8 tourists on the island during our 5 day visit and every where we went people were warm, kind and friendly. The pace of the island is how people should live everywhere; slow, care-free, simple and feeling completely safe. We rented a jeep and took leisurely jaunts on the unpaved "road" circling the island, visiting secluded beaches and finding amazing shells. Each day we drank Atiu Island Coffee, ate fresh baked bread, and picked our daily papaya and coconut. The Kopeka Cave Tour is worth a visit, but was a bit too much for our 5 year old daughter. The Aretou Tumunu was an amazing cultural experience. The a capella singing at the CICC Sunday service moved us to tears. The pastor, an Atiu "King" and their wives host a brunch after church for all the visitors to the island. Take the time to visit with the folks at the Women's Development Center where they make beautiful flowers to adorn your hair...a lovely and meaningful souvenir. We took it slow and easy and dream of returning soon.

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Moana, Duane and Mann Unuia were friendly and helpful hosts who treat you like family. The Lodge has a mountain feel, but in a tropicale locale with lovely breezes and peaceful setting. It is located close enough to town to walk. The handmade coffee table and outdoor furniture made the Lodge quite special as did Kitty and Cyclone whom my daughter adored.

Overall, It was very clean and comfortable, but lacked a washer/dryer facility, but truly that is not a complaint. We were at the end of a long holiday and it was a modern convenience I missed. We would stay there again and highly recommend it.

Jim and JoAnn Cole from Los Angeles, California visited in May 2003

About Atiu Island::
What a lovely island to visit, it is so different from Rarotonga and Atutaki. There were only 12 tourists on the island while we were there. I cant wait to return. My husband and I had so much fine driving the "coastal road" around the island. My first venture out in our jeep was a bit frightening because I had never traveled such roads BUT the next day I was begging my husband to take another drive around the island! We had a short encounter with Bush Beer, all I can say is I didnt get enough!

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Atiu Villas is what made our stay on Atiu so memorable. Roger and Kura were wonderful. Kura cooks a delicious meal every evening and we always looked forward to going back to the Villas at 7:00PM for our dinner!! Roger made all our tour arrangements and had a wonderful jeep for his guests. When planning our trip we were unsure about Atiu but we are so greatfull that we visited Atiu and can not wait to return and stay at the Villas again!

Mike Hollywood from United States visited in March 2003

About Atiu Island::
In my guidebook I refer to Atiu as the unspoiled queen of the Cook Islands, and deservedly so. Seldom are there more than a handful of visitors at one time on this pristine island. I would suggest to all visitors that are planning to stay more than a week in the Cook Islands, that they book the Aitutaki/Atiu package flight and visit these two unique destinations. The lagoon on Aitutaki and the relaxed beauty of Atiu are a must.

Stayed at Are Manuiri:
I had the place all to myself and especially enjoyed the evening on the thatched roof verandah, talking to the locals and discussing the island. The guesthouse was clean and the beds quite comfortable. Jurgen and Andrea were great, Andrea met me at the airport and was a fountain of knowledge on life in Atiu. My only regret was the time restraint that did not allow me to stay longer.

See : www.mikehollywood.com

Julianna, Judit and Joseph Horvath from Canada visited in March 2003

About Atiu Island::
This was our second visit to the Cook Islands and to Atiu. We will be back just as soon as we can and wouldn't miss Atiu. This island is what the world should be like: safe, simple, unhurried, friendly and VERY relaxing. We have never seen the Milky Way and the starry sky with such clarity and intensity. Get up with the Sun and you can watch how great bread is being made the traditional way at Akai Bakery. Thanks to Kura and Roger Malcolm, KiiKii, Bella, Einstein the cat, Marshall Humpfreys and his great kids: Sarah and James, who led us on some very adventuresome "expedition" into the jungles and caves of Atiu and who deserve praise for their attitude and maturity, and all the people of this great place for our most memorable vacation so far. We wish the people of Atiu well deserved prosperity but hope that they will keep this place unspoiled and won't let it turn into an other Hawaii or Tahiti. For those who are yet to visit: make sure you slow down before you get here, you don't want this experience zoom by.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
The bungalows (villas) are homey, welcoming, clean, comfortable and unpretentious. I really liked the use of local lumber, palmtree boards even. The local fruits and flower table arrangements are an asolute delight. Spend some quiet time on the patio, listening to the distant sound of the ocean, drinking Atiu coffe or fresh fruit juices. It doesn't get much better.

See : http://bolond0.tripod.com

Amy and Winehouse from Australia visited in January 2003

About Atiu Island::
Fantastic island, really secluded we loved the water and the food and the sand and the wasps

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Roger and Kura are fantastic people, we like them.

Great food Kura! and you are a very knowlegeable man Roger, thankyou for having us, we intend to return sometime this year!

Steven Kurker from Massachusetts USA visited in January 2003

About Atiu Island::
In April 2004, I married and Atiuan woman in Rarotonga at the Muri Village CICC. We remain married. The love grows stronger every day.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Lovely place, lovely people running it...Roger and family.

Melanie Nelson from USA visited in September 2002

About Atiu Island::
Rarotonga is nice, but don't visit the Cook Islands without getting out to Atiu! Its landscape is quite different from the other islands, and very beautiful. Everyone is very friendly, and the tumunu is an experience not to be missed. We had beautiful beaches all to ourselves, too. My days on Atiu were some of the most relaxing days I've ever spent.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
The villas are wonderful: very peaceful and very comfortable. Roger and Kura treated us like family. Kura's cooking was excellent, too!

Autumn Cuellar from U.S.A visited in August 2002

About Atiu Island::
Of the three islands we visited, I most enjoyed Atiu. It was strange being somewhere so isolated and with such a small population, but I loved my brief glimpse of their lifestyle. The people of Atiu were amiable and easy-going, greeting us while passing on the road (how foreign!).

The highlights of my trip to Atiu were the tumunu and the Kopeka cave tour. The tumunu's 'bush beer' tasted like a fruity wine to me. It's so yummy that you don't even notice it's alcoholic, and before you know it you're happy as a Care Bear. Luckily, I was well-warned and knew when to stop, but I had a right good time chatting with the locals when I wasn't tossing back the liquor

The Kopeka cave tour is definitely worth a look! Towards the end of the tour, they take you to swim around in a cave pool. The water was freezing cold, but what a unique experience! Luckily, the guides didn't tell me about the eels until after I was already out of the water, otherwise I might have been too creeped out to get in the water. The tour guides were fabulous - very nice, alert, and informative.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Kura's Kitchen serves the best meals ever! One of the nice things about staying at Atiu Villas is that it seems to be a gathering place for some of the locals on weekend evenings, and we were able to participate in an Island Night right there in the restaurant. Among the many reasons I enjoyed my stay at Atiu Villas was the little fridge they had in the rooms stacked full of snacks. It was the only time I didn't feel like I was going to starve between meals while in the Cook Islands, haha. You do have to pay for the snacks, but since there's no 24 hr gas station on the corner, it's nice to have them available.

See : http://www.esc.auckland.ac.nz/People/Staff/Cuellar/pictures/ci/index.html

Island girl from New Zealand visited in July 2002

About Atiu Island::
Kia Orana i had the BEST time in Atiu i came over with my nan and here sister from Rarotonga they were bought up in Atiu we stayed in a house that was built by my grandfather in Mapumai village i had the best time. Atiu is like my second home now and i loved getting the fresh bread and donuts from a relation that lived just around the corner it makes me feel so proud to come from there and i will never forget that great experience you will love it just as much as i did.

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House built by my grandfather

Susanne & Andreas from Germany visited in September 2001

About Atiu Island::
First time we staid herer in 1993, coming back in 2001 before marriing on Aitutaki. It was great, we were staying at Atiu for 6 days, enjoying Kira and Malcoms friendlyness.
unfortunatly we left Atiu at 11.09.2001 after the WTC-desaster.

Looking forward to come back again.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Family-Unit, great

Faustina Rau from Auckland, New Zealand visited in December 2000

About Atiu Island::
Hi,
I love this web page!!! I was born in Atiu and am very proud to be an ' Atiuan' and grew up in Raro but am currently living in NZ. I still have family back home and some of them are in your pictures!! You have some amazing pics of the island and the people!! Brings back great memories!!

Thank you for making Atiu known to the rest of the world through this web page!!

KA KITE!

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David Nickerson from New Zealand visited in August 2000

About Atiu Island::
Fantastic! Following a frantic trip to the UK and USA it was so good to have a relaxing holiday in the Cook Islands - with the five days spent on Atiu a definite highlight. The people were friendly and welcoming, and the weather was superb...not to mention the lovely beaches, forests and coffee plantations. I especially enjoyed the Coral Gardens and would recommend a visit to anyone! And don't forget a visit to the caves - don't forget your togs! No trip to Atiu is complete without a drink at a local Tumunu - excellent "wine" in excellent company.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
I shared the "family" unit with a few friends and it was just great. The hosts were very good at helping us organise our time there and arranged all manner of tours for us. The scooters they had for hire were great for getting around the island - enabling many a outing to the various beaches, where we could easily hop from beach to beach if the wind changed direction or someone else came along :-) The food was excellent, the beds were comfortable, and the people were great, what more do you need for a fantastic holiday ?? Can't wait to go back!!

Cam and Zeeb McNicol from Singapore (ex NZ) visited in June 2000

About Atiu Island::
We always visit the Atiu site when we need a lift. We miss you all and will be back again sometime.

Stayed at Atiu Villas:
Fabulous people and a great place to stay.. Roger's dancing is better than mine but that doesn't mean much!!!

Rose Akava-Moodley from New Zealand visited in December 1998

About Atiu Island::
Kia Orana Kura & Roger,

I was looking for informations about Atiu and came across this beautiful and well maintained site. The photos brings back memories of my time growing up on a tiny and beautiful island of Atiu. My husband and I will one day would love to bring our son Teariki back to the homeland where his grannies and mother grew up. I am proud of my island to be seen around the world on this site. It is great to see and view the many differences on the island. The flowers are still blooming and the dancing girls are still smiling at the Pavillion and that's what I want to see.

Meitaki Maata

Rose Akava-Moodley
Papatoetoe
Auckland
New Zealand
Email: prajrose@ihug.co.nz

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Baby Girl from New Zealand visited in December 1995

About Atiu Island::
Kia Orana ki te iti tangata o Enuamanu. Ko toku ingoa ko Annie Ngatokorima Inaina. Ko toku Papa ko Tupuna Teremoana Mingi. Ko toku mama ko Teururai Marurai Tai. Toku manako teia. I think ATIU is da bomb. My NAN AND PAPA live there and I miss them heaps.
Atiu is like a home away from home. E manea tikai toku enua. Enuamnu e, Atiu Nui Noku e.

Reply : Meitaki ranuinui no toou manako.

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ngaara junior teariki from new zealand visited in June 1994

About Atiu Island::
i dont remember the place becauce i was only a baby when i went so im going there next year 2007 april so yeah my dads from teenui

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i lived with my family so yeah

James Firestone from New Zealand visited in March 1991

About Atiu Island::
Beautiful place - still carry many special memories in my heart of the warmth and generosity of the people. Have often wanted to come back. Taught at Atiu College and loved every minute of it. Now married with two daughters. Please share my fondest thoughts and best wishes with those whose lives I touched and touched mine.

I can be contacted on james_firestone@hotmail.com

Love James

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Samantha Tereva from Philadephia USA visited in June 1989

About Atiu Island::
We visited Atiu in 1989 and had the best time with the most interesting and friendly people - we had the best time

Thank you for this wonderful website, we now live in the US and having seen your site are planning a visit to Atiu to show our son the Cook Islands and how unique it is...

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we stayed at a family home and were most welcomed by everyone

Mary Bast from Gainesville, FL visited in July 1988

About Atiu Island::
I was in Atiu with an Earthwatch Expedition, with expedition leaders Dr. Rebecca A. (Becky) Stephenson, Dr. Hiro Kurashina, and the senior investigator, Dr. Yosi Sinoto. We lived with island families and kept journals for Dr. Stephenson. I've been blogging my memoirs(http://lettersfromalife.blogspot.com/2011/06/land-of-birds.html), including my wonderful two weeks with the mayor and his family on beautiful Atiu. I'd love to know if Papa-Tu and Mere are still there.

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Kenneth Perez from Guam visited in June 1986

About Atiu Island::
Looking for family. Mamma Vanni Henry, I heard she has passed away. Papa Tapuni Henry and family, I am not to sure where or how they are... My thoughts are still with them but I hope to return.
Trying to locate Terry, Vanni, Memory, family? Any help would be appreciated.

Kia Orana

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Hope to find accommondations, any recommendations with pricing?

See : guamgecko.spaces.live.com

Mii Ona-Ariki from Papatoetoe New Zealand visited in December 1982

About Atiu Island::
Kia Orana

Hello to everyone back home especially to all the family in Areora. I was just doing sum work when I came across this site, and reading all the comments from tourists on how wonderful and beautiful home is, is really touching. Will be home someday soon and its long over due and right about now sounds pretty good to me.


Till den
Kia Orana e Kia Manuia

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Lavinia Adriene Touna from New Zealand visited in January 1980

About Atiu Island::
Kia Orana, everyone, I haven't been back home since I was in Nappies, yes not good enough. Any way, Uncle Tau'u if you are reading this, just want to say hello from me mum,(Vainetomo Porio) my sisters Pamela, Hortense and Lorena and hope you and the family are doing well there in Atiu. You take care

Lots of Love
Lavinia Adriene Touna

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