AVERA BAY (Rurutu, Austral Islands)
Rurutu is well known for her caves and cave dwellers of old. Rurutu is an uplifted coral island and the shorelines of steep cliffs are spectacular. The people of Rurutu welcome infrequent visitors. Invigorating welcome ceremonies include dancing while drums are being beaten and families are singing. An adventure to Ana Ae’o cave may involve a convoy of the famous “Le Truck” and four-wheel drive vehicles not to mention bamboo-lit flares and native warriors chanting from high in the caves. The island also holds Marae Tararoa, the sacred worship ground of the High chief of Rurutu, and a lovely handicraft market.