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5 Best Whale Tours in Niue

The Best Whale Tours in Niue 🐋 [2024]

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Whale Watching and Swimming Tours in Niue

Who can you go whale watching or whale swimming with in Niue? Niue is one of the only places in the world where you can legally swim with majestic humpback whales provided you go with a licensed operator and it is, indeed, the whale season (July to September). So who are the licensed operators for whale swimming in Niue? Find out in this list of the best whale tours in Niue!

For more talk about the whales, see The Guide to Whale Watching & Swimming in Niue, as well as How to Get the Best Whale Swimming Experience in Niue.

Niue Blue – Whale Watching and Swimming Tour with Frequent Departures

Join Niue Blue for an educational whale-watching and swimming experience in Niue. Tours start with a presentation about humpback whales, learning about their behaviours and migratory patterns before you head out on the water to see these gentle giants for yourself.

The 3 to 4-hour tour starts with a coastal tour, keeping an eye out for whales and maybe dolphins along the way. You’ll also be briefed on how to swim with the whales, in order to protect these animals (and yourself) and adhere to the strict regulations surrounding whale swimming in Niue – see How to Get the Best Whale Swimming Experience in Niue to learn more.

Every interaction is different but if the whale’s behaviour is suitable, snorkellers have the opportunity to be just 20 m (65 ft) away in the water. Niue Blue also have a hydrophone speaker system, which provides the unique opportunity to listen to beautiful whale songs while onboard the boat.

Tours include all snorkelling gear, light snacks and water. See more of their tours in The Guide to Snorkelling in Niue.

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Whale Swim Niue – Private Whale Tours in Niue

Whale Swim Niue, also operating as Fish Niue Charters and Explore Niue, is licensed and equipped to do just about any water activity your group wants: fishing, diving and, of course, whale swimming. Note that these tours are private charters only.

Join your skipper, BJ Rex, who will share the whales’ fascinating history in Niue, as well as assess the conditions for whale watching and even swimming for the best interaction possible (while following Niue’s whale swimming guidelines, of course). Meanwhile, your guide, Vanessa, has an ocean research background and a wealth of knowledge to complete your Niuean marine experience! What’s more, their Smuggler Rib boat provides a comfortable ride out on the water.

The tours are available morning and afternoon and last approximately four hours. Full snorkelling gear and refreshments are included. Charters are available for up to six people. Check out the 8 Best Fishing Charters in Niue to learn more about BJ’s fishing charter.

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More About Whale Tours in Niue

That’s it for our list of the best whale tours in Niue. For more about seeing or swimming with whales, check out these additional guides:

Finally, if there’s anything else we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in Niue Whales: The Guide to Swimming with Whales in Niue.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Niue. She knows the island inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Niue’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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