Attractions and Activities in Avatele
The villages of Niue are what add the island’s charm, with an excellent example being the village of Avatele (Arva-sell-y). The small village of around 140 residents sits on the quiet southwest coast of Niue, with a surprising array of accommodations nearby. Because you might be staying in this quaint village or stopping by on your Niuean road trip, here are a few things to do in Avatele, or at least within walking distance.
1. Swim and Snorkel at Avatele Beach
A fun and free highlight of Avatele is its own sea track to Avatele Beach. The white coral beach is popular for swimming and snorkelling at low to mid-tide with an opportunity to snorkel above coral and tropical fish (just be careful of coral growing close to the surface at low tide). There is a rip in the channel near the boat ramp so avoid swimming there.
2. Swim, Dine and Check Out the Nightly Entertainment at the Scenic Matavai Resort
An easy 30-minute walk from Avatele is the Scenic Matavai Resort. It has a couple of outdoor swimming pools, which you can enquire about at reception for availability. Plus, you can enjoy lunch and/or dinner at its own Dolphin Restaurant with an a la carte menu, as well as regular themed nights. There’s entertainment by the Pool Bar, with coconut husking on Tuesday evenings and an uga presentation on Wednesday evenings (5.30pm for both). Alternatively, book in for their Spitroast and Umu Night, their Taste of Niue Barbecue or Barbecue, Burgers & Beer Night.
3. Do a Uga or Vaka Tour
Delve into ancestorial rainforest to see how Niueans bait and hunt for uga on the Uga Tour with Taue Tours. Choose either a day tour to learn how to set up baits for uga and meet a few of the brilliant blue coconut crabs along the way. Or opt for the night tour where you’ll see the scrurriers when they are most active. Alternatively, Taue Tours also does vaka tours, where you’ll get to learn how to paddle a traditional Niuean canoe. Vaka tours are available depending on the tide. See The Guided Tours in Niue for more information.
4. Browse Local Art and Gifts at Kauhi Krafts
A quaint gift shop well worth checking out, Kauhi Krafts is located opposite Lau’s Getaway and Israel Mart. Admire the canvas paintings in the mini art gallery and browse an array of local gifts, from traditional clothing to head garlands to jewellery to home decor. Much of the art and crafts are made on-site. Learn more about this gift store and more in Where to Find the Best Souvenirs in Niue.
5. Go to a Sunday Church Service
Get an insight into the local culture, as well as hear beautiful singing at the Avatele Church’s Sunday service. Listen to the harmonious acapella from the locals as you enjoy one of the morning or afternoon services at the village’s central church. Church services typically take place at 10am and 4pm, but it’s best to check the time before you go. Be sure to wear suitable clothing, such as covering the knees, women wearing skirts and men wearing collared shirts.
6. Check Out the Self-Service Bar on a Sunday
Another thing to do in Avatele on a Sunday is head to the Washaway Cafe at Avatele Beach. This self-service bar and restaurant is only open on Sundays from 11am until late. Help yourself to soft drinks, juice, beer and wine at the bar and write your food order down at the kitchen counter. Then, when you’re done, just let the bar staff know what you had in order to pay! Find out more about the restaurant and others on the island in The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue.
7. Join in the Fun on the Avatele Show Day
Village showdays are a grand event in Niue, where every village has its own show day to showcase its best harvest, crafts, entertainment and more! Head down to the village green to mingle with the locals of Avatele, try local food, watch cultural performances and take part in activities. The Avatele Show Day typically takes place in October, but head to What Are Village Showdays in Niue? for specific dates.
8. Or See the Avatele Marine Day
Another top Avatele affair on the events calendar is the Avatele Marine Day. Head down to Avatele Beach to see large gatherings of food from the reef, fishing competitions and vaka fishermen doing what they do best!
9. Do Some Whale and Dolphin Watching
Join Niue Blue for a whale and dolphin swimming adventure, whose boats launch from Avatele (depending on the conditions). Alternatively, head to one of the nearby lookouts to watch whales and dolphins from the shore. Accommodations like the Scenic Matavai Resort, Breeze and Lau’s Getaway all have extensive views of the Pacific Ocean where catching sights of dolphin pods or whales (the latter in July-September) is a regular occurrence.
[CLOSED] Do Some SUP
[Update: Stand-up paddleboarding is no longer available in Avatele. This page will be updated if it becomes available again].
Avatele Bay is the base for stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) with Buccaneer Adventures. Either hire SUP boards, lifejackets and a paddle from their dive shop and explore on your own or learn how to paddleboard with a SUP lesson. SUP is a relaxing way to explore the reef and get a workout on your strength, endurance and balance. SUP at Avatele Bay is best done at low tide. Hire SUP equipment from Buccaneer Adventures’ base in Tamakautoga, next to the Scenic Matavai Resort.