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Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave)

Cook Islands
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Atiu
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: The most well known of Atiu's limestone caves, it is named for the Kopeka birds that build nests in between the stalactites of the cavern. These... more » Owner description: The most well known of Atiu's limestone caves, it is named for the Kopeka birds that build nests in between the stalactites of the cavern. These birds navigate through the dark caves, guided by the echoes of their clicking sounds. « less
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Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

My partner and I enjoyed this tour. We felt very lucky getting to see so many of the beautiful Kopeka in the caves and Marshall was a fantastic guide who shared his knowledge comfortably with us. The caves were quite open so neither of us felt claustrophobic at any stage.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I regret that I smoke a pack a day and haven't done any physical activity since the 1970s. I look in much better shape than is the actual reality. I don't know why, but I imagined I'd be on the groomed trails like you find in Canada's national parks. I also have no clue why I didn't take some water.... More

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nz
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I nearly didn't go on this excursion as am not keen on caves but it was really not at all scary to go in and discover these amazing birds navigating in the pitch dark. Marshall and his family are committed to the welfare of these birds, his knowledge and guiding made it a great experience.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This is one of the highlight tours. If you are a birder, it's a must see. If you just enjoy wildlife, it's still a must see. Perhaps nowhere else will you ever see a tiny bird which flies in the daylight, only to enter a pitch black cave and sound sonar like a bat. Was remarkable. Marshal Humphfries was a... More

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Canberra, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The cave itself would have been amazing enough, but the little Kopeka birds that live in its depths and communicate by echolocation are just incredible. The tour was a great opportunity to see them up close and hear them moving around. The tour in general was very interesting, and even involved a candlelit swim in the underground pools of the... More

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Adelaide
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Our walk into the cave was accompanied by the first decent rain for four months! It stopped as soon as we arrived at the cave. Conservation of the Kopeka Swiftlet is long-term and ongoing - congratulations to the family of Marshall Humphries, our entertaining and informative guide.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Don't try finding this cave on your own as you will never find it. I went on a small tour with Marshall Humphries who is a very knowledgeable and experienced guide. Only small groups are taken and the hike is very interesting but good footwear is a MUST as the coral is unforgiving. The actual tour of the cave is... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

You need to be guided to this cave, because walking on the makatea (fossil coral) is treacherous and you would never find it otherwise. I loved swimming in the candle-lit cave. Paul, our guide, showed us traditional Atiu skills and food and remedies on the way. And we saw heaps of kopeka, who were nesting at the time.

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University Place, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I absolutely recommend visiting this cave--friends and I went with the informative and entertaining Marshall Humphreys, and I would love to go again. Marshall clearly loves what he does, and his fascination with the tiny birds that nest in the cave is catching. The cave itself is an amazing formation, and not dark and dank--there are a number of areas... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Sturdy foot-wear a must, as the trail is quite rough in places. Take the guided tour, and follow up with a visit to a traditional Tumunu (bush-beer club) for the best experience.

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