Experiences in Niue for the Luxury Traveller
Celebrating a special occasion, have a “go big or go home” mantra, or simply prefer to travel in style? Niue offers a range of premium experiences for luxury travellers. From adventure to utter relaxation, your Niue time can be spent in a number of ways to suit your unique style. Get inspiration for the top luxury activities in Niue in this list!
Plus, while you’re here, treat yourself to more knowledge in The Luxury Guide to Niue.
1. Indulge in a Tropical Massage
Transition into “island time” with a soothing massage in Niue. Either have a massage in the privacy of your own accommodation or set the scene in a clifftop studio nestled in forest with Maulu Spa. Indulge in a range of healing massages using natural coconut oil (or something else if you prefer) or a body scrub. Malau Spa also offers yoga sessions for complete rejuvenation. Alternatively, the Tui Na Clinic offers deep-tissue massages with Niuean and Chinese techniques – only available after 4pm. Learn more in The Best Spas in Niue.
2. Try Your Luck on a Fishing Charter
Fishing is an integral part of village life in Niue, but instead of heading out on a traditional vaka (canoe) and using a fishing net, you’ll be kitted out with the latest gear on a purpose-built fishing boat. Start your morning with a half-day fishing charter or head out for the whole day to try your luck in catching exciting game fish like Mahimahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Skipjack, Wahoo, Marlin, Sailfish, Giant Trevally and more! There’s a wide range of charters to choose from, so browse your options in the 10 Best Fishing Charters in Niue.
3. Dive in the Clearest Waters
See what it’s like to scuba dive in up to 80m visibility through dramatic underwater chasms, caves and see astonishing marine life on one of the scuba diving tours in Niue. You have two choices when it comes to scuba operators in Niue, Niue Blue offers SSI-accredited dives and courses, while Magical Niue Sea Adventures is a PADI-accredited operator. Compare your options further in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue.
4. Get Acquainted with the Island on an Orientation Tour
A smart way to start your trip in Niue is by being shown the top snorkelling spots, walks, historic sites, places to eat and more on an island orientation tour. There are two orientation tours available, one with Explore Niue, which is an informative tour with a local guide, and one with Niue Orientation Tours with a knowledgeable nature guide. Each tour has its perks, so be sure to compare in The Guided Tours in Niue.
5. Treat Yourself to Niue’s Delectable Seafood
Niue might be a remote rock in the South Pacific, but it still manages to offer surprising and refreshing cuisine, especially when it comes to seafood. While there is no fine dining on the island, opting for a more casual experience, the plates are certainly photo-worthy at the likes of Kaiika Restaurant with its premium sushi platters and the Dolphin Restaurant at the Scenic Matavai Resort which offers something for everyone on its a la carte menu. Check out more eateries in The 10 Best Restaurants in Niue.
6. Browse Gorgeous Ebony Arts and Take a Tour to See How They’re Made
There are many fantastic culture and nature tours in Niue, but one that stands out for its incredible works of art is the Ebony Carving Tours. Join local craftsman, Jack Feleti, for a tour through Niue’s tropical rainforest to see where ebony wood has grown for centuries. At the end of the tour, you’ll be able to admire some gorgeous ebony sculptures and pendants and even purchase some for yourself. Pick-ups are available from the Tourist Information Centre and the Scenic Matavai Resort.
7. Experience a Close Encounter with Whales
Niue is one of the rare places in the world where you can swim with Humpback Whales. Combine this with the unbelievable water visibility and you have, arguably, some of the best whale-swimming opportunities in the world! We recommend booking at least a couple of tours with whale swimming operators to increase your chances of a good encounter. Note that whales are only in Niue between July and September/October. Learn more in The Guide to the Whale Season in Niue.
8. Shop for Unique Arts and Souvenirs
Niue might not have any shopping malls or designer clothing, but what you will find are unique souvenirs that have been individually handcrafted. Head down to the Niue Market on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning to browse an array of woven handicrafts and jewellery. Admire gorgeous oil canvas paintings at the Tahiono Art Gallery in Alofi. In Avatele, see a range of oil paintings, beautifully-woven bags and hats, traditional clothing, island-inspired sculptures, and more at Kauhi Krafts.
9. Play Golf on Niue’s Very Own Golf Course
Golf in paradise on Niue’s very one nine-hole golf course. Located near the Hanan Airport, the Niue Golf and Sports Club is a Par 34 course covering 1,027m (2,206 yards) of coconut palm-scattered fairways. Visitors are welcome to play at any time using the honesty box system, except during the weekly tournament at 1pm on a Saturday. Bring your own clubs.
10. Sip Cocktails by the Pool or at the Bar
Finally, what South Pacific getaway wouldn’t be complete without a refreshing cocktail?! A few places to enjoy your sundowners include the Pool Bar at the Scenic Matavai Resort with an extensive cocktail menu. All Relativf in the Swanson shopping centre is a speciality cocktail bar using fresh ingredients to make photo-worthy (and strong) creations! The Falala Fa Cafe & Bar and Hio Cafe & Bar also offer some refreshing cocktails on its menu. Learn more in the 6 Best Bars in Niue.