Small Island: Epic Adventures
Niue might be one of the world’s smallest countries but it has some of the most epic experiences – and definitely more than one. From swimming with some of the world’s largest mammals to diving into underwater chambers beneath the island, there are some pretty special experiences to be had on “The Rock of the Pacific”. Check out some of the epicness in this list of the most epic things to do in Niue!
Note that this list is a concise version of the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List.
1. Swim with Majestic Whales
Yes, Niue is one of the very few places in the world where it’s legal to swim with giant humpback whales. They are present in Niue’s waters between July and September every year, where licensed operators can take you to swim with them for a unique and life-changing experience. Words can’t describe what it’s like to be just metres away from one of the world’s largest creatures, vividly visible through crystal clear waters. Check out The Guide to Swimming with Whales in Niue to learn all about this epic experience.
2. Hunt for Giant Tree-Climbing Crabs
Niuean’s revere the island’s native land crab, the uga. This blue crab which can climb trees and rip open coconuts with its powerful pincers is the world’s largest arthropod, which you can hunt with the locals. Join Taue Uga Tours for either a day tour setting up coconut baits beside caves deep in the forest or a night tour seeing the uga in action. Learn more in the 8 Ways See Uga (Coconut Crabs) in Niue.
3. Dive Underneath the Island
Niue’s coast of chasms, caves and arches literally scratch the surface of Niue’s amazing formations. Underwater, there’s a whole new world to discover between the vast descents down chimneys and even swimming through tunnels to emerge at chambers underneath the island. Niue provides a whole new level of epic scuba diving, which you can learn more about in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue.
4. Get Pulled in the Water Alongside Spinner Dolphins
Another epic water activity is swimming with Niue’s acrobatic spinner dolphins. Dolphin pods live in Niue’s waters all year round, where dive operators on the island have come up with unique ways to swim with them. Boats are kitted out with ropes handles on either side, so you can be pulled along in the water at the speed of the spinner dolphins! It’s something you have to try, as explained in The Guide to Swimming with Dolphins in Niue.
5. Make Fire with Nothing But a Stick and a Coconut
Surviving in the Niue rainforest is a tough task and no one can explain it to you better than Misa, who grew up doing just that. On Misa’s Nature Tour, you’ll get hands-on experience doing a range of forest survival skills, from eating coconuts to learning how to make fire with wood and coconut husks. The fascinating tour is just one of many of the amazing 7 Best Nature Tours in Niue.
6. Reel in Giant Mahimahi, Marlin and Tuna
Niue is the top fishing destination of the South Pacific that fishermen don’t want you to know about. Catching highly-sought game fish like mahimahi, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, marlin and more is possible only a few hundred metres from shore. The fight with these whoppers creates epic stories for years to come. Learn more in The Guide to Fishing in Niue.
7. Cliff Jump at the Limu Pools
Niue has many amazing swimming spots where simply snorkelling among tropical fish in crystal clear waters is an epic experience. However, you can always add a bit of crazy, especially at the Limu Pools surrounded by cliffs for some extreme bombing. Mind, you’ll want to wait until the tide is half to full, as the water is way too shallow at low tide. Check out other amazing swimming spots in the 10 Most Beautiful Swimming Holes in Niue.
8. Play Mini Golf on Top of 30m Cliffs
Ok, so mini golf is hardly described as “epic” but we think the location of Niue’s mini golf course is pretty special. Located at the Vaiolama Cafe in Alofi, the mini golf course is an 18-hole course winding its way through coastal bush atop some steep 30m (100ft) cliffs with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, golf balls plopping into the sea below has been known to happen… Learn more in The Best Golf Courses in Niue.
9. Walk Down 146 Steps to the Bottom of a Deep Narrow Chasm
Niue’s sea tracks, the only way to access most of the island’s famous coastal attractions, can feature some pretty epic obstacles, such as a 28-rung wooden ladder to the Togo Chasm or scrambling through limestone caves to get to the Talava Arches. However, our favourite journey is the 146 steep steps descending into the deep dark Anapala Chasm. At the bottom is a freshwater pool, which only the bravest dare to swim in. Coming back up the steps, however, well… Check out some of the other amazing sea tracks in the 10 Best Sea Tracks in Niue.
10. Walk Under a 45ft-High Arch
We’ve already partly mentioned Niue’s awesome coastal formations, but one of the most impressive is the Talava Arches. This 14m (45ft) high and 15m (49ft) wide arch and a slightly smaller arch can be walked underneath at low tide after taking an amazing 30-minute walk through the forest. It’s one of the must-dos in Niue! Find out more in the 10 Most Iconic Sights in Niue.