The Best After-Dark Experiences in Niue
After a day of exploring Niue’s stunning coast, snorkelling with tropical fish or lazying by the pool, what is there to do on an evening? Well, you could let the adventure continue with night diving and uga hunting tours or you could relax with a cold beverage at happy hour or head out for some sumptuous cuisine! We go through all of your options in this list of things to do in Niue at night.
Before we jump into the best things to do in Niue at night, remember to bookmark the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List for more amazing experiences.
1. Try Niuean Cuisine at a Niuean Umu Night
Keep your Wednesday or Friday night free because you will not want to miss an umu buffet in Niue! This is your chance to try some of Niue’s iconic cuisine that has been cooked in a traditional underground oven, slow-cooked to mouthwatering perfection. The feast is usually accompanied by Polynesian dancing, fire dancing and/or live music from local musicians. Catch an umu buffet night at the Scenic Matavai Resort, Manuiz or Lilo’s Restaurant, as listed in the 20 Best Restaurants in Niue. Bookings are essential.
Location: All over Niue! See the link above for specific locations.
2. Do a Night Dive
Niue’s underwater world is pretty damn addictive where once you’ve dived through the caves and tunnels or the buzzing coral reefs in the daytime, you’ll be begging for more. Night dives provide a whole new experience, allowing you to see some of the marine critters that only come out at night. Find out more in The Best Scuba Diving Tours in Niue.
Location: See dive operators that offer night dives in The Best Dive Shops & Operators in Niue.
3. Stargaze in an International Dark Sky Sanctuary
Thanks to the lack of light pollution, Niue is home to some of the darkest skies in the world. This means it’s one of the best places in the world for stargazing, being the only entire country that is an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. Simply find yourself a dark spot to lie back and enjoy the world above. See The 5 Best Spot for Stargazing Spots in Niue for more ways to make the most of Niue’s dark skies.
Location: All over Niue! See the link above for location recommendations.
4. Join a Uga Hunting Tour
The night is when Niue’s revered uga (coconut crabs) come out to play! They climb trees, feast on coconuts and are amazing to see in action. Join one of the uga hunting tours, like Taue Uga Tours, for their night tour into the dark coastal forest to see the uga feasting on coconut baits that have been either set up by locals (or by you if you have done the day tour too). Night tours typically start at 8 pm and last a couple of hours. Learn more about what the tour entails in The Best 6 Guided Tours in Niue.
Location: Tours depart from the Avatele Cenotaph along the main road in Avatele, southwest coast of Niue.
5. Scout Out Happy Hour or Enjoy a Night Out!
When the sun starts to set, many would agree that the best way to watch it is with a drink in hand. Niue has a surprising range of bars, many with a happy hour to have discounted cocktails, wine and beer. You’ll also find that some bars are only open one night a week, so you can always find a new watering hole with a different experience, whether it’s karaoke or partying into the wee hours. See When is Happy Hour in Niue? for more drinking details, as well as The Ultimate Guide to Niue Nightlife for places to party.
Location: All over Niue! See the 11 Best Bars in Niue for recommendations.
6. Treat Yourself to Dinner
After drinks, head out to one of Niue’s fabulous restaurants to dine on all sorts of cuisines. Your taste buds will travel the world with the range of international dishes available, from Japanese to Indian to American to something else. There’s so much to unpack when it comes to Niue’s restaurants so head to The Food Guide to Niue: Places to Eat, Food Tours & More to get started.
Location: All over Niue! See the 20 Best Restaurants in Niue for locations.
7. Check Out the Entertainment at the Resort
Niue’s one and only resort, the Scenic Matavai Resort host nightly entertainment. Resort guests and casual visitors are welcome to join in the fun, whether it’s to watch a coconut demonstration, hold an uga, indulge in a Niuean barbecue with a performance from the local school children or something else. Pick up the entertainment schedule from the resort or the Visitor Information Centre when you are in Niue.
Location: Signposted along the main road just south of Tamakautoga, southwest coast of Niue.
8. Go to the Night Market
The first Thursday of the month is the Niue Organic Night Market where you’ll find a wide variety of Niuean produce for sale. It’s a good chance to try some local produce and meals while mingling with the locals. The event, which takes place in the Niue Market building in Alofi, starts from 4 pm to 7 pm. There’s also a Friday afternoon/night market from 4 pm to 7 pm. Learn more about this market and others in the 5 Best Markets in Niue.
Location: Along the main road next to the Visitor Information Centre, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.
9. Watch the Sunset
A glorious way to end the day and start the evening is to watch the sunset. Niue’s west coast offers up some stellar sunsets making for vivid and beautiful photos. Check out the 10 Most Beautiful Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Niue for our recommended places to watch the sunset.
Location: All over Niue! See the link above for recommended locations.
10. Get an Early Night
Interestingly, many visitors to Niue like to get an early night with days often being so active. It’s common to find restaurants emptying around 8 pm or 9 pm! But another reason you might want to get an early night is for some of the early morning activities available on the island, such as a fishing charter starting at 5 am or to head over to the east side of the island to check out the amazing sunrise spots.
Location: All over Niue!
More Things to Do in Niue at Night
That’s it for our list of the best things to do in Niue at night! For more nighttime escapades, take a look a the following guides:
- The Ultimate Guide to Niue Nightlife
- A Guide to the Dark Sky Nation of Niue
- 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List
Finally, plan the rest of your Niue getaway with The Complete Travel Guide to Niue.