10 Best Sea Tracks in Niue
10 Best Sea Tracks in Niue

10 Best Sea Tracks in Niue

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Unmissable Walking Tracks in Niue

Around Niue’s coastal road, you’ll see signs every 10 to 20 minutes stating “Hala Tahi” this and “Hala Tahi” that! These are your access points to Niue’s stunning coastal attractions; these are your sea tracks in Niue.

Niue has more than 30 sea tracks scattered around the island, getting you to various nooks and crannies of the raised coral atoll. Whether it’s a crystal clear snorkelling pool, cave, chasm or something else wonderful and majestic. Rent a car for a few days and see just how many you can find. Here is a selection of some of our favourites to add to the must-see list!

Tip: Be aware of the tide if you wish to swim or reef walk – see What You Need to Know About the Tide Times in Niue for more explanation.

Tip #2: check out The Guide to Walks in Niue for advice on what to take with you on Niue’s sea tracks and more.

1. Togo Chasm Sea Track

One of Niue’s longest sea tracks, the Togo Chasm Sea Track is a must-do and well worth the 30-45 minutes one-way journey. Located in the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area, this walk starts off in the forest taking you through a stunning example of Niue’s forest. You’ll eventually emerge on an exposed clifftop dappled with pinnacles. Continue along the track and down long rung ladder into the Togo Chasm itself, dotted with coconut trees in the sand. You can climb on the boulders to check out the waves crashing on the other side. Return the same way.

Location: 4km (2.5 miles) north of Hakupu in the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area, east coast. The track is well signposted on the coastal side of the road

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2. Matapa Chasm Sea Track

An excellent swimming and snorkelling spot on the northwest coast of the island, the Matapa Chasm can be accessed on the Matapa Chasm Sea Track. Take the seven-minute one-way track through the forest to a sheltered cove lined by towering cliff walls. The water here is safe for swimming at any tide. Reef shoes are recommended.

Location: Hikutavake, west coast, at the back of the grassy parking area

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3. Talava Arches Sea Track

While you’re visiting the Matapa Chasm, don’t miss this sea track just next door, the Talava Arches Sea Track. This is a 30-minute one-way walk down a rocky trail through the forest. The final part of the walk takes you through limestone caves, following guide ropes until you emerge at a cave opening looking across a reef to a huge coastal archway. It is possible to walk across the reef to the arch at low tide, while the channel in the reef below is also good for snorkelling.

Location: Hikutavake, west coast, at the back of the grassy parking area

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4. Avaiki Cave Sea Track

This one won’t take you too long to walk, being a less than five-minute sea track, but the Avaiki Cave is still spectacular to visit. Follow the short sea track through a large cave tunnel down to the reef below and Avaiki Cave itself. The pool at the bottom of the cave is excellent for snorkelling. Note that this attraction can only be visited at low tide. Check out more caves in the 10 Most Stunning Caves in Niue.

Location: Tuapa, west coast, signposted on the coast side of the main road

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5. Limu Pools Sea Track

Another short sea track, the Limu Pools Sea Track brings you to one of the most stunning and popular swimming holes on the island. The five-minute sea track is well-maintained, taking you to various pools best for swimming and snorkelling at mid to full incoming tide. Alternatively, come at low tide for safe swimming with the kids. Don’t miss the side track to another pool with a coastal arch. Be aware of surges through this arch, especially on an incoming tide.

Location: Namukulu, west coast, signposted along the main road on the coast side of the road

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6. Motu Sea Track

A little-known sea track, the Motu Sea Track is well worth doing if you want a bit more walking in your sea track experience, as well as a stunning destination. The Motu Sea Track starts at the end of a 1.4km (0.9 miles) bush road off the main road on Niue’s east coast, but we would even recommend parking up the car on the roadside and enjoy the 20-minute walk through the bush to get to the start of the track. Then, you have a rocky bush trail to enjoy before you emerge on exposed cliffs with low vegetation. You’ll reach an arch in the cliffs (be careful, it’s very slippery) and a ladder next to it to access the reef below. The reef is good to explore at low tide – see more reef walks in the 6 Best Reef Walks in Niue.

Location: Signposted between Liku and Lakepa, east coast, on the coastal side of the road. The Motu Sea Track is a little closer to Lakepa than to Liku

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7. Anapala Chasm Sea Track

An impeccably maintained sea track, the Anapala Chasm Sea Track is a pleasant 15-minute one-way walk through the forest until you reach a set of steps. 146 steps later, you’ll be at the bottom of a deep narrow chasm with a freshwater pool at the bottom. The pool is suitable for swimming, but most get the heebie-jeebies swimming at the bottom of this eerie chasm. Return the same way (yes, up those 146 steps).

Location: Hakupu, east coast, signposted between the northern end of the community centre and the church

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8. Togulu Sea Track

To access one of Niue’s picturesque beaches (and located nearby the Scenic Matavai Resort, which is convenient for many), take the Togulu Sea Track in Tamakautoga. There are two sea tracks from the car park, but the main event is the sea track on the left down some steps to a small coral sand cove. The beach is good for reef walks at low tide, while there is also a pool for swimming in the reef too.

Location: Tamakautoga, east coast, at the back of the village green, signposted on the coastal side of the main road

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9. Tautu Sea Track

Another beauty on the east coast, the Tautu Sea Track leads through an archway onto a stunning reef. The sea track is hard to find with very little signposting, but you can find the access road in the northeast corner of Liku village green, just left of the white house. Assess whether you want to walk down the very steep unsealed road, as you can just park up your car and enjoy an extra 20-minute walk down the road instead (we don’t recommend driving it in wet conditions). At the bottom of the road is access to the sea track where it’s just 500m (550 yards) to the reef. Get there early to see a stunning sunrise.

Location: Liku, east coast, the access road is from the northeast corner of the village green left of the white house

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10. Amanau Sea Track

Alofi has many fantastic sea tracks, that we mention in detail in the 7 Best Sea Tracks in Alofi. However, one of our favourites is the Amanau Sea Track, shaded in coconut palms before making its way down to the reef with a short ladder. There is a cave cut into the cliff with a good pool for snorkelling at low to mid-tide.

Location: South Alofi, west coast, just before the Pacific Way Bar before entering Alofi town

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Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Niue. She knows the island inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Niue’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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