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Atiu

"When everybody finds out, it will be too late"

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Peuplée de 400 habitants fiers d'être descendants de guerriers, il reste peu d’endroits intacts dans le monde tels que l'île Atiu. Estimée à vieille de plus de 8 millions d'années, notre 3ème plus grande île est une grande aire de jeux, antique et d'origine.

Over eight million years old and the third largest island in the group. This island is an ecologist’s dream – and a magnet for the adventurer. A volcanic mass which has over the centuries risen up out of the sea to be surrounded by a raised coral limestone reef named makatea. Its utter peace and harmony with nature certainly belay the island’s reputation of having harboured some of the fiercest warriors of the Southern Cooks, who constantly laid siege on their smaller neighbours in Mitiaro and Mauke.

Sandy beaches here are few but perfect. Tucked like little secrets into the coast.  Unspoiled and lush with dense rainforest and an unexpected central plateau according to legend when the Polynesians landed on Atiu’s white crested shores, birds and insects were its only life.

As one of the three southern group islands known as Nga-Pu-Toru, Atui attracts the spirit of the explorer. With no nightclubs, virtually no township, around 400 people and a couple of cafes along with precious little traffic – this is a true escape. Life is pretty much the same as it was some 25 years ago and offers therefore a really genuine insight into island living with its five small villages of Tengatangi, Areora, Ngatiarua, Mapumai and Teenui nestled in the centre. Gardens thrive on its rich soil and on certain days the soft aroma of organically grown coffee beans roasting wafts past from plantations that produce some of the best Arabica coffee in the Pacific.

Non découvert

Encore non-découverteExplorez les forêts tropicales luxuriantes et denses, abritant une faune ailéeéclatante et de superbes grottes calcaires. L'île est entourée de spectaculaires formations de corail côtières appelées makatea. Des criques secrètes avec du sable blanc superbe sont cachées tout autour de l’île. Elles ne demandent qu'àêtre découvertes. Sur cette terre solée et privée, les explorateurs seront assurés de découvrir despetites plages de paradis pour eux tous seuls, tout comme l'a fait le capitaine Cook en 1777. N’oubliez pas de vous rendre au bar local pour goûterla "Tumunu Bush Beer" ou bière de brousse locale. Les habitants chaleureux aiment partager leur bière artisanale fait-maisonpendant des rituels accompagnés demusique et chant locaux qui durent jusqu'àla nuit.

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