Whale Watching Lookouts in Niue
Where are the best places in Niue to spot whales from shore? Between July and September each year, whales are frequently seen off the coast of the island when they come to Niue’s waters to breed and calve. While there are whale watching and swimming boat tours for a close encounter, you might be surprised to know that you can enjoy amazing whale watching from the shore where whales can be seen just 100m away from the coast. There are dedicated whale watching points signposted along Niue’s west coast, as well as accommodation with ideal views for watching whales. We’ll go through some of the best lookouts for watching whales in Niue in this list.
Note that the coin-operated binoculars at some of Niue’s whale lookouts don’t work, except at Tomb Point where you don’t need a coin. For more advice, see The Guide to the Whale Season in Niue.
1. Tomb Point
Located in the heart of Alofi, this spot is not only great for whale watching but also has interesting historical significance. The site is the burial site for two Niuean kings, as well as has a World War One memorial. Toward the back of the cemetery is a picnic area on the clifftops with fantastic views across the Niue coastline and surrounding waters where you have a good chance of spotting humpback whales. See other historical points of interest like this in the 10 Fascinating Historical Sites in Niue.
2. Ana’ana Point
Located on the southwest coast between Alofi and Tamakautoga, Ana’ana Point is a large roadside parking and picnic area with spectacular views. Here, you can see a significant portion of Niue’s shores to look out for whales during the season. Nearby, check out the historic Anaana Burial Cave just south of Ana’ana Point on the side of the road (within walking distance).
3. Hikutavake Sea Track
On the coast of the village of Hikutavake, located on the northwest coast next to the Matapa Chasm and Talava Arches sea tracks, the Hikutavake Sea Track also has a good whale-watching lookout at the top of its sea track. The Hikutavake Sea Track is a short track to some rock pools and snorkelling pools (best enjoyed at low tide) but before you head down the track, look out for whales from the top.
4. Makefu Sea Track
Signposted from the village of Makefu on the west coast of Niue, the Makefu Sea Track is one of the whale watching lookouts where you can get comfortable at the picnic table ideally located for watching whales.
5. Scenic Matavai Resort
Niue’s only resort just happens to have a prime position for watching whales from its Dolphin Restaurant deck, as well as from its pool decks. The neat thing about staying here is that staff will ring a bell if a whale has been sighted. What’s more, they have binoculars on hand to enhance your sighting! Learn more about the Scenic Matavai Resort in the 10 Best Hotels & Resorts in Niue.
6. Lau’s Getaway
Niue’s most luxurious accommodation, Lau’s Getaway, also blesses guests with sweeping views of Niue’s shores from the balconies of their two villas. The villas located in Pofitu, between Tamakautoga and Avatele, offer outstanding views from the villas private balconies, one of which has a standalone bathtub on the balcony also! Learn more about staying here in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Niue.
7. Vaiolama Cafe
For whale watching with a meal or a coffee, head to the Vaiolama Cafe which offers commanding views from the clifftops of Alofi. There is seating set up in view of the shore, so keep an eye out when you come for lunch here. See the 6 Best Cafes in Niue for more information about this place.
8. Kaliki Lodge
Situated in the village of Namukulu, Kaliki Lodge is a large holiday home with a view. The three-bedroom holiday home boasts tremendous views from its lookout where an outdoor dining table is set up for you to enjoy the lookout for a while. Have breakfast here every morning and you’re bound to catch sight of whales swimming at the surface. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Niue.
These colourful self-contained cottages on the clifftops of Avatele have their very own private whale watching deck. Wander from your cottage through the coral gardens to the whale watching deck on the coastline where outdoor furniture is set up for you to relax while watching the whales. Learn more about Breeze in the 10 Best Wedding & Honeymoon Accommodation in Niue.
10. Anaiki Motel
This motel located on the clifftops above the famous Avaiki Cave in Makefu is just one more accommodation in Niue with an ideal whale watching spot. Their private lookout is an expansive deck where you can watch whales while barbecuing, watching the sunset or observing the marine life in the reef below. Find out more about this accommodation in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Niue.