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1. SNORKEL AT LIMU POOLS
The picturesque Limu Pools are perfect for snorkellers of all abilities. The first of the two pools is separated from the ocean by rocks, so is very calm and safe, while the second is often battered by waves which refresh the variety of sea life here.
HOT Tip: Even if you’re not a snorkeller, pack a lunch and make use of the two picnic tables overlooking these beautiful pools.
2. SWIM WITH GIANTS
There’s only a handful of places in the world where you can swim with whales, and Niue is one of them. The majestic Humpback whales travel to Niue from July to September to calve and nurse their young. And if you don’t want to get in the water, no problem, you can even see them from land!
HOT Tip: To complement this magical experience, stay at Scenic Matavai Resort where on occasion, you can actually hear their eerie calls at night time.
3. DELVE INTO NIUE’S CAVES
Niue has some of the most extensive cave systems around. So big are these caves that most of the population actually lived in them until Western housing arrived in the 1800’s! Needless to say, there’s a ton of history to learn while exploring these underground labyrinths.
HOT Tip: Ask your House of Travel consultant about a tour with Tali, one of Niue’s best guides… and certainly one of Niue’s best storytellers!
4. SAY HELLO TO DOLPHINS
Big pods of dolphins are permanent residents in Niue. With water so crystal clear, jump on-board one of the adventure boats and enjoy interacting with wild dolphins. They are free to do as they please, and you can simply observe, or get in and have a swim with them.
HOT Tip: They can also be seen doing acrobatic displays just outside the reef.
5. WALK INTO UTOPIA
Scattered around the entire island are beautiful well signposted tracks for walkers. Soak up Niue's dramatic landscape which includes rain forest, coral pinnacles, steep descents and amazing caves. There are ample walking spots, such as Avaiki reef walk; a historical place where the first canoe landed.
HOT TIP: During low tide at Avaiki, there is a gorgeous swimming cave (to the north of the main cave) which is perfect for a sunset swim.
6. ADVENTURE TO TOGO CHASM
Start off with a walk through Niue’s virgin forest before entering a starkly contrasting terrain of jagged coral and stone stacks. Then descend a bamboo ladder to find yourself winched in a sandy gorge with palm trees stretching above the walls in search of sun. This narrow gorge leads to an impressive rock pool where you’ll be entranced just watching the roaring waves smash over the rocks sending water and spray in all directions. An awesome adventure, especially for families.
HOT Tip: Be sure to take sturdy shoes and a plaster or two, those rocks can be sharp.
7. SERVE YOUR OWN DRINKS
In what’s quite possibly the only place of its type in the world, staff leave you to pour your own drinks from behind the bar! The Washaway Bar and Café usually works on an honour system, but will have staff on hand if it gets busy. It’s also a great place to try uga, a coconut crab which is the local delicacy.
HOT Tip: The bar is only open on Sunday.
8. A DIVERS DELIGHT
Niue is home to some of the best diving in the Pacific with visibility being up to 80 metres! Instead of tapering off undersea like most islands, Niue rises steeply from the ocean floor meaning it has a variety of shallow and deep sea life, all just metres offshore. The island is also riddled with caves, many of which are only connected by underwater tunnels.
HOT Tip: Ask your instructor to take you to one of the special caves once reserved only for Niuean kings! Some of these can be visited by snorkellers too.
9. ACTUALLY CATCH THAT BIG FISH YOU TELL TALES ABOUT
Again, because Niue rises so steeply from the ocean floor, deep sea fishing is accessible just offshore. Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahimahi, Sailfish, Wahoo and Giant Trevally are commonly found - and most importantly, caught - in Niue’s waters.
HOT Tip: For something really unique, try catching flying fish which involves nets instead of rod and reel.
10. TEE OFF
For those who relax by swinging a club, there is a well-maintained 9 hole course near Hanan International Airport. Visitors are welcome and can play anytime, you'll just need to cough up $30 per round.
HOT Tip: If mini golf is more your bag, there's an 18 hole mini golf course right on the cliffs, with fantastic views across the Pacific Ocean.
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