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Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave)

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Address: Cook Islands
Description: The most well known of Atiu's limestone caves, it is named for the Kopeka...
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.
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Bring good grippy shoes and dress to get wet. walking over the coral boulders can be a test in balance. The birds that dwell in the cave are an amazing sight.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Calgary
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Bring good grippy shoes and dress to get wet. walking over the coral boulders can be a test in balance. The birds that dwell in the cave are an amazing sight.

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Venezia, Italia
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9 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

the tour, done by a nice English gentleman, is quite interesting because it is very diverse,and you could see many different stuffs, from the parrots to the coconut crubs. In addition you have the opportunity to observe this rare bird that lives in caves. The cave itself is notthing special, there are many more beautiful caves in Mangaia and even... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Absolutely awesome! So much cool information, and the cave itself was gorgeous. We braved the water and had a swim - one of my favourite photos from our honeymoon! Excellent guide. Not too strenuous a hike. Definitely a must do activity on Atiu! Take the opportunity to go if it arises as it's not always predictable when the tour will... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The cave trip was amazing, Marshall is extremely good at his job and makes the journey to the cave very interesting as well. He tells you lots of the history and traditions of the island along the way which make it even more special. To see and hear the birds is a once in a lifetime experience and not to... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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