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Of the cluster of islands in the Southern Group called Nga Pu Toru (Atiu, Mitiaro and Mauke), this island would be the least visited by tourists. Not because it is any less beautiful than sister islands Atiu and Mauke, but simply that it is probably the least known.
Mitiaro is somewhat different to its sisters in that it has two large freshwater lakes in its interior, Rotonui and Rotoiti. These are full of Itiki (freshwater eels) that are considered a delicacy in the Cook Islands and a popular dish on this island. Renowned as one of the friendliest, village life revolves around the Cook Islands Christian Church Betela - where visitors can experience the rousing hymns at Sunday Service.
There are caves on Mitiaro and some delightful subterranean pools which offer a refreshingly cool place to swim. A smattering of small sandy beaches and coves can be found along the coastline.
The small tight-knit community shows its pride in the neatness of the villages, Takaue and Arai. There is a small population of approximately 300 people and private gardens in the village are beautifully kept and neat. Life on Mitiaro is refreshingly uncomplicated.
The island also produces tiporo - a fragrant lime. Life in Mitiaro very much revolves around the village. The community activities include sports and handicrafts.
Flights to Mitiaro are dependant on demand but ususally twice a week Mondays and Fridays Accommodation on Mitiaro is limited, so it is wise to book ahead.