Among the least visited of the Cook Islands is Mauke. Situated east of Atiu with Mitiaro to its northwest, this island is known for its excellent caving and spelunking opportunities as well. Very similar to Atiu geologically, makatea with limestone caves can also be found here at various places throughout the island making it a great place to explore. Easily accessible from Atiu and Mitiaro, getting here is simple and easy.
Prior to this island being discovered by the Europeans, Mauke was dominated by Atiu, which was known for its fierce warriors. When the missionaries came to Atiu, they then proceeded to Mauke as well. And since Mauke was easily influenced by the Atiuans, the people to this island easily converted to Christianity.
A raised atoll, Mauke has a number of pretty beaches and old marae that are definitely worth seeing. The Administration Center of the island is at the Taunganuni Harbor and as you head north you will find the police station and hospital. The Telecom office and the post office on Mauke lie in the village of Ngatiarua, which lies in the center of the island. Here you will also find the ‘divided’ church, which is shared by the members of the CICC and Roman Catholic faith.
A good way to see Mauke is by organized tour. These tours take you around the island visiting the various lovely beaches here as well as the ancient mare, limestone caves and other interesting spots found on the island.