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Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave)

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Address: Cook Islands
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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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Great tour

Very interesting tour, seeing the Kopeka birds. Fun to walk through the jungle and coral, and then climb around in the cave. We went swimming in the cave pool too. Guides are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting tour, seeing the Kopeka birds. Fun to walk through the jungle and coral, and then climb around in the cave. We went swimming in the cave pool too. Guides are very knowledgeable and make it interesting. Best tour on Atiu,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

great trip - the caves are amazing and the swim underground at the end was very cool. Marshall was a great guide too.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

This is a difficult 1 hour walk over a path roughly cut out of coral.The cave is the home of the rare Kopeka Swallow which nest in there and finds its way in the dark by echo sounding. Fascinating to hear the clicking sounds and see the birds on their tiny nests. This is the only place they can be... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Marshall was a great tour guide and is very passionate about the cave and particularly to kopeka birds within it. The hike to get there is tricky. You walk over sharp coral which requires balance and good footwear. Walking sticks are provided to assist you. You do need to pay attention and watch where you are stepping at all times.... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

We did a tour with Marshall from Atiu Homestay. The caves are very pretty and worth the visit alone. The kopeka bird which uses echoloaction in the caves is amazing though. They can find their way in complete darkness and you can here the clicks. A very special experience. Marshall is a great guide so visiting the cave on his... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2015

It is not the easiest place to get to..through the jungle and over jagged aincent coral reefs but once you get there its pretty spectacular. The rock formations are amazing it had to take thoudands of years for mom nature to accomplish this and it was well worth seeing. There are birds that make their nest on little tufts of... More 

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Narwee, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2015

We did a great tour with our guide Marshall who told us about the tiny Kopeka bird who lives in the cave and then took us down for an amazing candle lit swim in a cave. A surreal experience!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2015

The two attractions of the cave are: The Kopeka birds. These birds nest in the caves but because it's quite dark in there, they developped a sonar systems which helps them to get around, just like bats except that you can actually hear them, sending out their signals. Plus, you can take a swim in the caves little lake, with... More 

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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Cave Tour was Great, Marshall is a fantastic Guide And even Provided proper shoes for me! Do Not miss the tumulu in the Bush pub After.

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Koblenz, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2015

Amazing and spectacular toour with Paul to the caves. The "pool" in the cave are incredible- Very cool

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