Caving on Mauke
One of the best reasons to visit Mauke when you visit the Cook Islands is to explore the many limestone caves found here. Riddled throughout the makatea, these caves are wonderful to visit as many of them are often filled with cool water, which makes them great to swim in. As you walk across the makatea to these caves you will pass through much lush forestation, which is found growing on the makatea.
One of the best caves to visit on Mauke is the Vai Tango, which lies a short distance from Ngatiarua Village. This cave is fairly large and has a beautiful blue pool in it which is great for swimming and diving. Often fill after school hours by the local children; the best time to visit this cave is in the morning.
The Vai Ou, the Vai Moraro and Vai Tunamea are three interesting caves to see in the north of Mauke. Home to small lovely swimming pools, each of these caves has something to offer and are all worth visiting.
The Motuanga Cave is known as the Cave of 100 Rooms and is a great place to do some exploring. Only 8 chambers are currently accessible at the moment. This cave is entered on land but extends towards the sea and under the coral reef the surrounds Mauke. Those who visit the farthest rooms say they can hear the waves crashing above them.
Another great cave to visit though it is rather spooky is the Vai Ma’u. Dark and found near some gnarly trees, this cave is often said to resemble the entrance to the underworld.