Activities and Attractions in Niue
For a remote island at only 261.5km2 (100mi sq) and with only 1,600 residents, Niue has a surprising array of things to do. It’s small size and population is also what makes these experiences all the better, where you often get top tourist attractions and tours all to yourself and are oh-so-easy to get around. Whether you’re style of travel is adventure or relaxation, there’s something for all kinds of traveller in Niue. As long as you’re seeking something a little “different”, you’ll love it here. Get inspired for activities with this list of things to do in Niue.
While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Complete Guide to Niue.
1. Swim and Snorkel at the Limu Pools
Niue might be the “Rock of the Pacific”, but it still has some safe and stunning swimming holes. One of the best for all ages and abilities is the gorgeous Limu Pools. After a short descent down a well-formed sea track, emerge at a sheltered cove with crystal clear waters harbouring tropical fish. The main pool is the safest for swimming, which best enjoyed at half-to-full incoming tide. There is a short track leading to another pool but beware of the strong rip at full tide. See more activities like this in the 10 Things To Do in Niue with Kids.
Location: West coast of Niue, just north of Namukulu Village
2. Go on a Bushwalk, Caving and Snorkelling Adventure at the Talava Arches
Niue has more sea tracks than we can fit into this “Top 10” list, but one of the highlights is the Talava Arches Sea Track. This 30-minute one-way walk takes you through the forest to a magnificent coastal arch with limestone caves and a safe swimming channel lined with colourful coral. For more inspiration for walks, see the 10 Best Sea Tracks in Niue. Plus, see experiences similar to this in the 10 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Niue.
Location: Northern coast of Niue, north of Namakulu Village and opposite the Matapa Chasm walk
3. Learn How to Hunt Uga
Uga, the local coconut crabs, have been a highly prized food source on the island for centuries. Learn about what the locals do to bait coconut crabs in a uga hunting tour. For instance, Taue Uga Tours offer day tours to show you how to set up coconut baits around the forest, as well as night tours to see how the baits work, how to pick which crab to take, and much more! Alternatively, guests at the Matapa Guest House are also offered uga hunting experiences with the hosts. See more experiences like this in the 10 Things to Do in Niue for Foodies.
Location: Taue Uga Tours is based in Avatele. The Matapa Guest House is based in Hikutavake
4. Scuba Dive in Crystal Clear Waters
See what it’s like to scuba dive in up to 80m visibility through dramatic underwater chasms, and caves while seeing astonishing marine life on one of the scuba diving tours in Niue. You have two choices when it comes to scuba operators, Niue Blue and Magical Niue Sea Adventures who are both PADI-accredited operators. Compare your options further in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue, and see similar activities in the 10 Luxury Activities on Niue.
Location: Niue Blue is based in Tamakautoga. Magical Niue Sea Adventures is located in Alofi North
5. Indulge in a Heavenly Massage
Niue is a damn relaxing island in itself, that’s why an island massage with Maulu Spa is all the sweeter! There are options to be pampered in the privacy of your accommodation or at a clifftop studio where you can indulge in a range of massages with natural coconut oil (or something else if you prefer), as well as body scrubs and rejuvenating yoga sessions. See The Best Spas in Niue for more information. Plus, see more experiences like this in the 7 Adult-Only Activities in Niue.
Location: Maulu Spa is located between Tamakautoga and Ana’ana Point. Mobile massage services are also available
6. Hit the Bike Trails
Not only is cycling in Niue a good way to get to some of the closer attractions to you, but Niue also holds some fun easygoing trails in the tropical forest. There are four official bike trails in Niue that consist of old 4×4 tracks allowing you to discover a part of the island that very few travellers get to see. Learn more about biking in The Guide to Mountain Biking in Niue.
Location: Bike trail maps can be picked up from the Tourist Information Centre. Alternatively, see The Best Bike Trails in Niue for information
7. Swim or Watch Dolphins and Whales
Between July and September each year, humpback whales migrate to Niue’s waters to raise their young. Niue is one of the very few places in the world where you join these gentle giants in their element, which is an experience that is wonderful yet impossible to fully describe. All year round, you also have the opportunity to swim with spinner dolphins where you are pulled alongside the boat to see the dolphins in action! Alternatively, lookouts around the island allow you to watch whales and dolphins for free!
Location: See The Guide to the Whale Season in Niue and The Guide to Swimming with Dolphins in Niue for more information on whale and dolphin swimming operators. Whale watching lookout locations are also listed in 10 Places to Spot Whales in Niue
8. Tour the World with Your Tastebuds
Despite being a remote island, Niue has a surprisingly varied range of international cuisines. Share a sushi platter prepared by a Tokyo chef at Kaiika, dine on fresh local fish with a touch of spice at Gill’s Indian Restaurant, get a tropical Chinese takeaway from Wok on the Rock, and the list goes on! See more experiences like this in the 10 Romantic Activities in Niue for Couples.
Location: See The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue for dining recommendations and locations
9. Fish for the Big Ones
Tackle highly-sought game fish, like mahimahi, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, skipjack, giant trevally and more on a fishing charter in Niue! Armed with the latest equipment and the knowledge of expert guides, you have the best chances of catching a big one, and even if you don’t succeed, you’ll have a hell of a time doing it! Whether you prefer trolling, popping or jigging, there’s a charter for beginners to experienced anglers in Niue, as you can see in the 10 Best Fishing Charters in Niue.
Location: Fishing charters depart from the main wharf in Alofi
10. Mingle with the Locals at the Niue Market
The Niue Market in Alofi is the place to be on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Locals get together to sell local produce, natural health products, jewellery, clothing and all sorts of unique handcrafted souvenirs. Even if you’re not into shopping, checking out the market is a priceless cultural experience and opportunity to mingle with the locals.
Location: Niue Market or “Markete” building, located next door to the Tourist Information Centre in Alofi