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10 Places to Stay in Niue Near Snorkelling & Swimming Spots


Niue Accommodations Close to Snorkelling Spots and Beaches

Forget about another South Pacific getaway where you sit around the pool all day. Niue has its own natural swimming pools to enjoy, complete with clear waters and tropical fish, many of which are just a short walk from the island’s accommodations. Check out the places to stay in Niue near snorkelling and swimming spots in the list below!

For snorkelling tips and advice, take a look at The Guide to Snorkelling in Niue. Plus, be aware of the tide times, as explained in What You Need to Know About the Tide Times in Niue.

How to Book Accommodation in Niue

With only a rare few accommodations in Niue having websites, it might not be entirely obvious how to book a place to stay in Niue. We include booking links where available, but to learn more about booking accommodations over the phone or via Facebook Messenger, check out our complete guide on How to Book Accommodation in Niue.

1. Anaiki Motel

2 minutes’ walk from the Avaiki Cave.

Literally perched on the cliffs above the famous Avaiki Cave, you couldn’t be closer to this stunning swimming spot! Anaiki Motel is a four-unit motel that offers an idyllic self-catering stay with amazing Pacific Ocean views from its clifftop deck. Just a short walk on a nearby sea track, you’ll reach the swimming pool inside Avaiki Cave within minutes! Note that swimming is only suitable at low tide. For more stays like this, check out the 5 Best Motels in Niue.

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2. Aleki Guesthouse

3 minutes’ walk from Avatele Beach.

Choose from one- and two-bedroom units and a studio unit at the Aleki Guesthouse. The affordable accommodation not only provides proximity to Avatele Beach for swimming and snorkelling at low to mid tide, but it also has a few useful practical inclusions, from basic self-catering facilities to very cheap car rental. See more accommodations like this in the 6 Accommodations in Niue with Car Rental.

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3. Namukulu Cottages

20 minutes walk from the Limu Pools.

Although this cottage complex in Namukulu village has an onsite swimming pool, it’s one of the closest accommodations to the popular Limu Pools. The Limu Pools is ideal for swimming with children at low tide, while mid to high incoming tide is generally best for adults. As for Namukulu Cottages, stay in one of their five self-contained cottages with private decks and amazing sea views, suitable for couples to families. Learn more about the cottages in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Niue.

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4. Damiana’s Holiday Motel

3 minutes’ walk from Avatele Beach.

This budget motel with two self-contained units in Avatele is just a short walk from the nearby beach which is suitable for swimming at low to mid tide. Damiana’s Holiday Motel offers two units with one bedroom and two single beds in the lounge, making for an affordable stay whether you’re a couple, a family or a group of friends.

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5. Yolos Accommodation Alofi

1-minute walk from the Togalupo Sea Track.
5 minutes’ walk from Vaila Cave.

Yolos Accommodation in Alofi North is a short walk from a couple of Alofi’s top snorkelling spots, including Vaila Cave and the Togalupo Sea Track. Stay close enough to town for convenience, just a short cycle or drive away, while having the luxury of enjoying Alofi’s swimming spots (most of the time all to yourself). Yolos Accommodation is a two-bedroom cottage with a roomy kitchen and a lounge with a breakfast bar looking out into private gardens.

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6. Joema Place

2 minutes’ walk from Utuko Reef.
5 minutes’ walk from Alofi Wharf.

This guesthouse in central Alofi offers the ultimate convenience, not only for accessing Alofi’s shops and restaurants, but also providing access to nearby swimming spots. At low to mid-tide, you can pop across the road to Utuko Reef where you can find swimming pools that are safe depending on the swell. Alternatively, Alofi Wharf offers good swimming on the south side of the wharf for strong ocean swimmers wearing fins. Joema Place has guest rooms available to hire out individually or the whole house can be hired out for larger groups. See more holiday rentals nearby in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Alofi.

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7. Scenic Matavai Resort

10 minutes’ walk from Tamakautoga Beach.
8 minutes’ walk from Pofitu Beach.

10 minutes’ walk from Avatele Beach.

While Niue’s only resort has its own swimming pool, just a 10-minute walk in either direction along the road will bring you to nearby beaches. At Tamakautoga Beach, there is a pool where you can swim at low tide, while Avatele Beach provides more swimming opportunities at low to mid tide. In between, Pofitu Beach provides along inviting swimming and reef walking option at low tide. The Scenic Matavai Resort provides a variety of well-appointed guest rooms with a restaurant and pool bar on-site. Learn more about these beaches in the 5 Best Beaches in Niue.

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8. NIC’s Bungalows

8 minutes’ walk from Tamakautoga Beach.
11 minutes’ walk from Pofitu Beach.

A couple of bungalows are on offer at NIC’s Bungalows in the quiet village of Tamakautoga, a short walk from Tamakautoga Beach or a slightly longer walk south to Pofitu Beach! A worthy option for a couple or a couple of couples travelling together, NIC’s Bungalows feature a double/twin bed each, an open-plan kitchen and lounge and a private balcony. Other tempting inclusions are a meet-and-greet at the airport on arrival, a car rental included in the rate, a breakfast starter pack, Sky TV, laundry facilities and free WiFi! See more properties with free internet in the 10 Accommodations in Niue with Free WiFi.

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9. Lau’s Getaway

3 minutes’ walk from Pofitu Beach. 
11 minutes’ walk from Avatele Beach.

One of the most luxurious offerings in Niue, this adults-only retreat features two split-level villas elevated on a clifftop. In one direction you have Pofitu Beach to explore at low tide, while south will soon bring you to Avatele Beach. As for the villas of Lau’s Getaway, they boast two balconies; one with a freestanding bathtub to enjoy the ocean views in style. Sleep in a super king-sized bed, refresh in your double-head shower and spruce up your own meals with the full kitchen facilities. Complimentary airport transfers are offered, as well as a breakfast hamper and a bottle of wine on arrival. See more like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Niue.

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10. Heleni Jessop’s Fatahega

3 minutes’ walk from Utuko Reef. 

Backpackers and budget travellers will find a warm and welcoming stay at Heleni Jessop’s Fatahega in Alofi, right by the Utuko Reef and sea track. Stay close to all the town centre conveniences at this affordable guesthouse with double, triple and family rooms available. The basic guesthouse has a communal kitchen, lounge and dining area with a friendly atmosphere. Only the suite has an ensuite bathroom, while other rooms have shared bathroom facilities. See more options like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Niue.

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More About Places to Stay in Niue Near Snorkelling Beaches

That’s it for the best places to stay in Niue near swimming and snorkelling spots. There’s plenty more to choose from, as listed in the following articles:

Finally, check out The 30 Best Accommodations in Niue so you can see how these stays compare.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. He is also consulting regularly with Niue Tourism to ensure content accuracy. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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