10 Best Sea Tracks on the West Coast of Niue
10 Best Sea Tracks on the West Coast of Niue

10 Best Sea Tracks on the West Coast of Niue

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Walks on the West Side of Niue

Niue’s coast hides many a nook and cranny in its dramatic coastline. Most of the island’s top coastal attractions, such as caves, chasms and swimming pools, can be found on the west coast accessed by sea tracks. Sea tracks range from 30 seconds to 30 minutes walk one-way, with many sea tracks having rough rocky terrain and/or slippery surfaces so appropriate footwear is needed. With that, let’s go through the best sea tracks on the west coast of Niue.

Tip: when looking for sea track signs from the road, look out for signs saying “Hala Tahi [track name]”, which is Niuean for “Sea Track”.

Tip #2: be mindful of the tide times for swimming and reef walking. Check out What You Need to Know About the Tide Times in Niue for more information.

For tracks on the east side of the island, see the 7 Best Sea Tracks on the East Coast of Niue.

1. Talava Arches Sea Track

Starting with the northernmost west coast sea track, Talava Arches is incidentally one of the must-do sea tracks on the island. The 30-minute one-way track from Hikutavake village takes you on a rough rocky trail through the forest. Toward the end of the trail, you’ll have a few limestone caves to scramble through using the ropes in place to keep you on the trail. Then you’ll emerge at a cave opening with a view of the iconic Talava Arches. At low tide, it’s possible to walk across the reef and under the arch, while the channel cut into the reef is ideal for snorkelling.

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

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2. Matapa Chasm Sea Track

Next to the Talava Arches Sea Track, the Matapa Chasm Sea Track is too accessible not to check out, just a seven-minute one way walk through the forest. The main event is a towering chasm with a sheltered cove ideal for swimming at any tide. Take your snorkelling gear and reef shoes for this one. Check out more great swimming spots in Niue here.

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

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3. Hikutavake Sea Track

The final sea track accessed from Hikutavake village is the Hikutavake Sea Track itself! The top of the sea track is a good whale watching spot with coin-operated binoculars that are, in fact, out of order. Go down the steps and you’ll find yourself at a picturesque reef where it’s possible to find snorkelling pools best accessed 30 minutes before or after low tide. Be careful about coral cuts on the way in and out of the pools. Don’t attempt to swim in the pools if there are waves coming over the reef.

Location: Hikutavake, at the western side of the grassy parking area

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4. Limu Pools Sea Track

One of the most popular sea tracks on the island, the Limu Pools Sea Track is a top swimming and snorkelling spot. The sea track is officially five minutes one way (but more like one minute) down a well-maintained trail and set of steps. The pools are best for swimming at half to full incoming tide but are suitable at low tide for shallow waters suitable for children. There is a shade sail and seating area here, as well as a side track to another pool with a picnic area and swimming through a picturesque archway. Be careful about surges through the archway, especially on an incoming tide.

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

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5. Palaha Cave Sea Track

Travel a little further south on Niue’s main ring road past the village of Tuapa and you’ll see signs for the Palaha Cave. A five-minute one-way sea track leads down to a grand limestone cave with many spectacular limestone features to admire. The cave floor is extremely slippery so walk with caution. Try to touch as little of the cave as possible with your hands, as skin contact can damage limestone features that have taken millions of years to form.

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

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6. Avaiki Cave Sea Track

Just a minute drive south of Palaha Cave is Avaiki Cave. This historic site is a must-see for its limestone cave and sheltered cave pool ideal for snorkelling. The cave can only be accessed at low tide, where the five-minute one-way sea track takes you through a large cave tunnel down to the reef and Avaiki Cave at the bottom. Be careful on the slippery rocks and be mindful of the juvenile coral growing on the reef. Check out more caves around the island in 10 Most Stunning Caves in Niue.

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

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7. Vaila Cave Sea Track

Heading down to Alofi North, the Vaila Cave Sea Track is a two-minute one-way track down to a cave cut into the cliff. The cave is storage for vaka (canoes), as well as access to the northern end of the Alofi North Marine Protected Area where you can admire some stunning marine life in the reef at low tide. There are loads more sea tracks in Alofi that we don’t have on this list, so head to the 6 Best Sea Tracks in Alofi to check out those.

Location: Alofi North, opposite Tusekolo Bush Road

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8. Togalupo Sea Track

Just south of Vaila Cave along the main road is a sign for the Togalupo Sea Track. This is another short sea track to one of the smallest coves you’re likely to visit on the island, which we affectionately call the tiniest beach in Niue! You can admire the vaka along the sea track (but don’t touch or move them).

Location: Opposite Yolos Accommodation, approximately 1.5km (one mile) north of Alofi town centre

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9. Togulu Sea Track

Passing the Alofi sea tracks, you’ll come to the village of Tamakautoga. Behind the village green is the Togulu Sea Track, a 30-second sea track down a set of steps to a small coral beach cove. The reef here is good for reef walks, as well as snorkelling in a pool in the reef. There is also another little cove on the right of the car park.

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

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10. Avatele Beach Sea Track

Last but certainly not least, Avatele Beach is on the southwestern coast of Niue. The sea track is better described as a short road than a sea track, located next to the memorial on the coastal side of the road. The beach is suitable for snorkelling at low to mid outgoing tide, but be careful of currents near the boat ramp. Also be mindful of the juvenile coral growing close to the surface, particularly at low tide. The beach is backed by the Washaway Cafe, which is only open on Sundays.

Location: Avatele, signposted on the coastal side of the road, next to the memorial opposite the village green

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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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