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- Mangaia Island

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MangaiaMangaia Island lies 177 kilometers southeast of Rarotonga and is the southernmost of the Cook Islands. The island has a raised coral reef forming a 60 meter high ring around the island. There are no sandy beaches due to the makatea and swimming in the lagoon is limited due to the closeness of the reef, however, there are several rock pools which provide good swimming at high tide. The attraction of Mangaia is its natural scenery, dramatic caves and interesting hiking treks.
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The island is also the home of the indigenous Mangaian Kingfisher bird. Fishing is a popular activity with the locals and visitors are oftentimes invited to join the daily fishing excursions.

Oneroa is the main village on Mangaia and has several shops, a general store, post office, and sports field. The village has two levels with many homes, the school and the Mangaia Lodge located on the top of the makatea cliff while most businesses are located at sea level. There is a road that connects the two levels and also there are steps that are carved into the makatea for those who are fit enough for the steep climb. Watching the school children in the afternoon making their way from the top of the cliff to the village centre makes for a marvellous photographic opportunity.

The makatea contains numerous limestone caves with stalactites and stalagmites and ancient burial sites. A guided tour is available to Mangaia Te Rua Rere Cave which has large caverns of brilliant crystals. Old skeletons add a skin crawling touch of reality to this burial ground. Another cave worth visiting is the Touri Cave which contains two streams; one freshwater and the other salt water. The more popular cave tours are listed under Activities Mangaia. There are also several hiking treks which you can take ranging from 1 hour to several hours traversing through the forests, taro patches, makatea, and bushlands. One popular trek from the village of Tuatini to Lake Titiara is a lovely 2 hour trek with lush vegetation.

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CICC Church, Ivirua Village Tua Ati Rock Pool (near Oneroa) Island Interior-Taro Patches Tere, Cave Guide of Mangaia

Mangaian women make gaily colored hat bands, necklaces, and other decorative items from pupu shells, a small land snail, which emerges from the makatea after the rain. Mangaia is represented in museum collections around the world by large ceremonial adzes. Before you leave Mangaia be sure to hike up to the flat summit of Rangimotia, the highest point on the island where you get a panoramic view.

Mangaia - Babes Place

BABES PLACE - is situated on the outskirts of the main village of Oneroa. Upon arrival to the airport, you will be greeted by one of your hosts, Babe Aberahama. There are four units snd each have a queen size bed with its own bathroom facilities. An extra bed can fitted in to the room to accommodate for an extra person. The shops and Post Office are all in walking distance from the Guest House.

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Exterior Unit Lounge - Main House Accommodation Units Spare Bed in Room

to 31st March 2019
Standard Unit $90 $75 $60 FOC

All Rates are listed are per person NZ Dollars including tax, 3 meals a day and airport transfers. DOMESTIC AIRFARES ON ENQUIRY

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Mangaia - Mangaia Villas

MANGAIA VILLAS - Located on the north-western shores of Mangaia on a secluded pocket of ancient rock,. Each Polynesian villa is fully self-contained villa and features a gentle sloping thatched roof, authentic Mangaia limestone exterior, pine interior ceilings and stunning coconut and hardwood floors. Each of the six one-bedroom ocean-front villas provides pristine, unspoilt ocean views which melt away into beautiful sunsets. Each veranda is the perfect place to watch local fishermen on vakas (canoes) and spectacular whale watching during their common migrating season (July to November). The villas are fully equipped with modern conveniences, including complete kitchen facilities, tea and coffee making facilities, full mosquito screening and ceiling fans. Villas are serviced daily. IncludesContinental Breakfast, Ei Garland and Nu on arrival, complimentary fresh fruit bowl and bottled water provided in the villa, locally crafted ei pupu shell necklace on departure, 50MB Free Internet Access.

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Mangaia Villa Lounge Bedroom Mangaia Villa

to 31st March 2019
Oceanview Villas $288 $144 $58 $100

All Rates are listed are per person NZ Dollars including tax and daily tropical breakfast. DOMESTIC AIRFARES ON ENQUIRY

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CAVE TOURS - The main feature of this island is the Makatea or limestone rock. The MAKATEA NATURE WALK AND CAVE TOUR (duration 3 to 4 hours), gives you a good introduction to the island's geology, history, flora and fauna. This tour will take you through unique landscape of strange and beautiful rock formations Book now!You will experience a breathtaking view over the interior of the island and visit 4 caves of historical significance. You will learn hair rising stories of cannibalism in the old days. Cost: NZ$45.00 per person 

Book now!SIGHTSEEING TOUR - Guided sightseeing tours (duration 4 or 2 hours) are available (from Ara Moana Bungalows) that will take you over most parts of theisland.You will see all four regions of the island including the reef, roads through narrow makatea canyons, magnificent lookouts over the interior and the highland forests. Big Tour: NZ$50.00 per person.

Book now!MOTOR SCOOTER RIDING - Rent a motor scooter and go on your own. There are more roads to discover than on any other island in Cook Islands. Rental: Normally NZ$30.00 per 24 hrs plus fuel.

HIKING TRIPS - If you want to take a closer look at the unique landscape, take one or more of the many hikes through the very varying surroundings. For a modest fee you will be dropped at the starting point of the hike with a map and a detailed description of how to follow the track that eventually leads you back to the hotel.

Book now!FISHING TRIPS - If you like fishing, a local man can show you how it is done from the reef using a rod. Should you prefer more serious adventure, offshore fishing from a boat is also available, weather permitting. If you are lucky you could get a large yellow-fin tuna and get to eat it the same evening. Offshore fishing: NZ$50 per person