Things to Do on an Evening 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 in Niue? 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. Go to a Niuean Umu Night
Keep your Tuesday or Thursday 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 slow-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 or the Hio Cafe & Bar on a Thursday night or at Jenna’s Restaurant on a Tuesday night in the high season. Bookings are essential.
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. Both of Niue’s dive operators offer night dives from shore, typically from Alofi. Find out more in The Best Scuba Diving Tours in Niue.
3. Stargaze in an International Dark Sky Reserve
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 Reserve. Join one of the stargazing tours available on the island or simply find yourself a dark spot to lie back and enjoy the world above. See The Best Spot for Stargazing Spots in Niue D061 for more ways to make the most of Niue’s dark skies.
4. Do 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 8pm and last a couple of hours. Learn more in The Best Guided Tours in Niue.
5. Scout Out Happy Hour
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. See When is Happy Hour in Niue? for more drinking details.
6. Go Out for 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 Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue to get started.
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 of the Visitor Information Centre when you are in Niue.
8. Go to the Night Market
The first Friday of the month is the Niue Organic Market where you’ll find a wide variety of Niuean produce for sale. It’s a good chance to try some local flavours while mingling with the locals. The event, which takes place in the Niue Market building in Alofi, starts from 5pm onwards.
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.
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 8pm or 9pm! 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 5am or to head over to the east side of the island to check out the amazing sunrise spots.