Niue offers a range of activities and attractions, especially for nature lovers. Water activities are among the highlights of a visit to Niue. Snorkeling and swimming areas at the Limu Pools and Matapa Chasm offer a gentle introduction to the marine world. Some of these spots are so beautiful that they used to be reserved exclusively for Niuean Kings.
The water clarity, the unique underwater landscape, and the diversity of marine life makes Niue one of the best diving destinations in the world. Niues’ water’s are rated amongst clearest in the world with a visibility up to up to 260 feet! The array of marine life includes turtles, dolphins, whales corals, and all manner of fish.
Because Niue is a raised atoll, deep water areas are not far from the steep limestone cliffs of the island, which makes it extremely popular among game fishers. Several operators run established, safe, and reliable charters and the deep water is easily accessible.
Niue has a unique cave system and a tour of this bizarre world is one of the major activities not to be missed while on the islands. The Avaiki Cave is named after the legendary Polynesian homeland and the first settlers of Niue landed here. A narrow gorge leads to a coastal cavern with a beautiful natural pool. Palaha Cave, with stalagmites and stalactites, is also nearby. The longest stretch of sand is Avatele Beach.
Other popular activities include forest and coastal walks and golf. Niue has a 9 hole golf course.
A great way to explore the sights and sounds of Niue is on a bicycle. With very few vehicles, and a highest point on the island of only 226 feet above sea level, this is a favorite mode of transportation. A sealed ring road around the entire island takes visitors through lush forests and reveals dramatic coastal views. Bikes can be hired from car rental operators, although some motels and hotels have them available for guests. For those not so keen on the bike cars and motorbikes can also be hired easily and with a 64km ring road the island is not small!
The capital Alofi has less than 1,000 inhabitants; an interesting place to visit is the Visitor Information Centre which has displays and artifacts to view. The waterline is marked by a number of traditional canoe-landing spots, including Opaahi Landing, the place where Captain Cook made an unsuccessful attempt to come ashore in 1744.