Niue Family Holiday Tips
Niue is a tropical family getaway like nowhere else. Instead of spending day after day by the pool, you’ll be spending it by swimming holes surrounded by dramatic coral cliffs, snorkelling in limestone cave pools and seeing amazing wildlife like the colourful coconut crab the uga! However, with an out-of-the-ordinary holiday comes some out-of-the-ordinary thinking for families planning a safe and fun family getaway. We’ll help you out with these essential tips for travelling to Niue with children.
1. Visit Child-friendly Swimming Spots
Niue is not your typical beach holiday destination. It is the largest raised coral atoll in the world with a rocky landscape lined with corals, caves and reefs. With that in mind, there are swimming spots in Niue that are much safer for kids than others, especially on the west coast that are determined by the tide. Luckily, you won’t have to do too much research on the subject, as we’ve listed the 8 Best Sea Tracks & Places to Swim in Niue for Kids for you.
2. Niue is Not Your Kids’ Club Package Deal Holiday
Niue is not an island brimming with resorts offering kids’ club package deals. It’s much more down-to-earth, where the typical family holiday here is about spending time together.
3. Plan Your Family-friendly Activities
Speaking of spending time together, you’re going to want to choose activities that the whole family can enjoy! Snorkelling in Niue’s crystal clear waters is a must, while meeting one of the islands’ resident coconut crabs (uga) is always a highlight for children. Check out some of our recommendations for the 10 Things To Do in Niue with Kids.
4. Scout Out the Family Accommodation
Scouting out appropriate accommodation for a family is always a task, but again, we’ve done the research for you in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Niue. In Niue, there is one resort offering interconnecting rooms for families, as well as apartments about 1.5km (1 mile) down the road from the resort. Niue also has one and two-bedroom cottages set-up for families, as well as holiday homes scattered around the island.
5. Book Early, if Travelling in the High Season
Speaking of family rooms, note that all of Niue’s accommodation is boutique, therefore the offering of family rooms is very limited! With that in mind, family rooms can book up quickly for the high season (May to October) so, if you’re travelling during this time, make sure to book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Speaking of booking, an extra tip is to book your evening meals in Niue’s restaurants – more on that in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue.
6. Use Sunscreen that will Protect them and the Environment
Niue is a country that takes pride in protecting its land and waters, which you can contribute to by making sure your family uses reef-safe sunscreen. Niue is lined with stunning coral, which can be damaged by harmful oxybenzone in standard sunscreens. Make sure you buy your family natural reef-safe sunscreens, such as the ones we list in the 5 Best Reef-Safe Sunscreens for Kids & Babies.
7. Bring Their Own Snorkelling Gear
Snorkelling is a major part of a getaway to Niue, especially considering that the island has no rivers running off into the ocean to impair visibility. There are all kinds of wonderful tropical fish and coral to see just off the coast, so make sure your kids have the best experience possible by bringing their own snorkelling gear! Snorkelling gear is available to rent or to borrow from the resort, but picking the right size and something that hasn’t been too “overused” is tricky. Check out the 10 Best Kids Gadgets to Take to Niue for suggestions.
8. Pack Some Games
There’s always a bit of downtime when travelling, from taking your flight to Niue to relaxing back at your accommodation after the day’s adventures. Games are an essential boredom-buster while getting the whole family bonding, so pack some travel-size games! Some family favourites are Uno and Connect 4 Grab & Go!
9. Educate Them About Niue
Let’s be honest, Niue is your dream destination, not theirs. However, it can be if you take the time to get them excited about Niue, teaching them about the island, pointing out where it is on the world map (and where you’re staying on an island map), as well as teaching them a few fun facts about this fascinating and fun country! In fact, we’ve put a few together in the Fun Facts About Niue for Kids.
10. Pack Medication and a First Aid Kit
What’s a holiday without a few cuts and bruises? Stop any minor injuries or illnesses from getting any worse than they need to by putting together an appropriate first aid kit for your family. When buying medication, check the dosage for children and ask a pharmacist if you are unsure of what you can give to your kids. Family medication kits should include a pain and fever reducer such as ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen, steroid cream for itching, antihistamine for allergic reactions, cough and cold medicine for older children, plasters/band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc. See a complete list of medication to take in What Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Niue.