Activities in Alofi You Can’t Miss!
Alofi is a capital that always takes visitors by surprise. The peaceful town (except for a few noisy chickens) is sprawled along the clifftop coast of the raised coral atoll offering an array of experiences for all. From exciting wildlife encounters to uncrowded sea tracks and bike trails, there’s plenty for the outdoors enthusiast! For a dose of culture, the relaxed Niue Market and commercial centre are worth a browse, while the small selection of fabulous restaurants speak for themselves. So what are the things you can’t miss in the capital of Niue? Find out in this list of the must-dos in Alofi!
For more advice on staying in Niue’s main hub, see The Complete Guide to Alofi.
1. Discover Hidden Coves, Beaches and Snorkelling Spots
Yes, even in Alofi, you can walk down short sea tracks to various nooks and crannies. You’ll be amazed at what’s hidden from the view of the town, while just about every sea track is secluded most of the time! For instance, opposite the Police Station, you’ll find the picture-perfect coral sand beach at Utuko Reef, which is also good for some floating snorkelling at low tide. In Alofi South, climb down the ladder on the Amanau Sea Track to discover an excellent swimming hole usually harbouring vividly blue fish. Vaila Cave in Alofi North is also worth a visit for snorkelling at low tide or simply to admire just another stunning coastal formation in Niue! It’s an activity that we also add to the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Alofi.
Location: Check out all of the sea tracks around Alofi and their locations in this list
2. Learn About Living in the Wild on Misa’s Nature Tour
Ever wondered what it would be like to survive on a remote island? Misa, who grew up in the bush of Niue, shares his vast knowledge in Misa’s Nature Tour. The approximately two-hour tour takes you on a journey through nature, where Misa will share the history of Niue, show traditional cooking tools and weapons, show you how to husk a coconut and teach you their many uses. You’ll also taste coconut during its different stages of growth, as well as learn how to make fire. Oh yes, and you’ll likely have an encounter with the forest-dwellers, such as uga (coconut crabs) and flying foxes!
Location: 1.5km (one mile) from Alofi town along Alofi-Hakupu/Liku Road opposite Niue High School
3. Swim with Whales and Dolphins
Did you know that Niue is one of the very few places in the world where you can swim with humpback whales? Each year between July and September, humpback whales make a mighty migration from the Antarctic to the warm water of Niue to breed and raise their young. Magical Niue Sea Adventures and Explore Niue in Alofi North offers travellers the chance to encounter these gentle giants on small-group boat tours. Nevertheless, if you miss the season, there’s also the opportunity to get in the water with acrobatic spinner dolphins!
Location: Magical Niue Sea Adventures is located in Alofi North, approximately 1.5km (one mile) north of Alofi town. Explore Niue tours depart from Sir Robert’s Wharf
4. Dine at the Alofi Restaurants
Alofi’s restaurants will take your taste buds all over the world, but with the freshest ingredients of Niue. Dine at Kaiika for sushi prepared by a Tokyo sushi chef or a New York-style pizza with tropical toppings. Get your Chinese takeaway from Wok on the Rock or a touch of spice from Gill’s Indian Restaurant. Check out a complete list of our recommendations in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Alofi.
Location: Restaurants are scattered along the main road of Alofi
5. Play Clifftop Mini Golf
One of the most unique mini golf courses we’ve ever seen, the Vaiolama Cafe’s mini golf course has you swinging clubs atop a 30m-high cliff! Meander along 18-holes nestled in coastal bush on this fun little course in Alofi. Once the battle is done, grab yourself a milkshake from the cafe. It’s a great option for kids and adults alike! See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Alofi.
Location: Vaiolama Cafe, Alofi South opposite Alofi Rentals
6. Hit the Bike Trails
Hire a mountain bike from Niue Rentals and Alofi Rentals and explore Alofi and beyond by bike! Ride from Alofi along the west coast of the island, returning on one of the inland bush roads! Bike trails are well signposted, while maps are available at the Tourist Information Centre and more information can be found in The Guide to Mountain Biking in Niue. Plus, find more activities like this in the 5 Adult-Only Activities in Alofi.
Location: Bush roads suitable for biking include Halamahaga Road, Namoui Bush Road, Makefu Bush Road and Keleola Bush Road.
7. Wake Up to the Niue Market
Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings are market mornings in Alofi! The Niue Markete building becomes a hub of activity where locals sell handicrafts, local produce, jewellery and much more! Browsing the Niue Market is more than just a shopping experience, but it’s a cultural one making it a must-do! The market runs from 5am to 8am on Mondays and Fridays and runs from 6am onwards on Wednesdays. This activity is definitely one of the 8 Things to Do in Alofi for Foodies!
Location: Alofi town next door to the Tourist Information Centre
8. Shop for Unique Gifts
The Niue Market is just a taste of the unique handicrafts that Niue has to offer. The local women learn to craft and weave from an early age, where practical items, such as placemats, baskets, fans and bowls are common woven items to see. They are also known for their Kahoa Hihi, which are necklaces made of tiny yellow shells found in the Niuean forests. Watch the ladies in action at the Niue Council of Women taking place in Makini Hall every Wednesday. You can also browse gift stores in the Alofi commercial centre or stop by Niua Vanilla!
Location: Makini Hall is between Falala Fa and the Police Station. The commercial centre is in the centre of town. Niue Vanilla is in Alofi North
9. Snorkel or Scuba Dive in Crystal Clear Waters
You’ve probably already heard about Niue’s incredible water visibility due to the island producing very little surface run-off. That matched with vibrant hard coral reefs, underwater chasms, cave and diverse marine life makes Niue a top snorkelling and scuba diving location. The closest operator to Alofi is Magical Niue Sea Adventures, which offers snorkelling trips to spectacular inlets only accessible by boat, as well as scuba diving trips and PADI courses. See more activities like this in the 7 Luxury Activities on Alofi.
Location: Magical Niue Sea Adventures is located in Alofi North, approximately 1.5km (one mile) north of Alofi town
10. Visit the Fale Tau Niue – Niue National Museum
Finally, a saviour on a rainy day and an intriguing visit in its own right, the Fale Tau Niue (Niue National Museum) is well worth a visit! See a collection of relics salvaged from Cyclone Heta, as well as intricately woven artwork. At only around NZ$10 entry, it’s certainly an affordable visit!
Location: Halamahaga Road, Alofi town
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