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5 Best Things to Do in Tamakautoga

7 Best Things to Do in Tamakautoga

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Activities, Attractions and Sea Tracks in Tamakautoga

Tamakautoga might just seem like a fork in the road shrouded in palms and tropical bush but there’s more to this small village in Niue than meets the eye. Down the side roads and sea tracks, you’ll find the country’s only resort, some of its rare few beaches, and even a scuba diving/whale tour operator. That’s right, there are a fair few things to do in Tamakautoga, so discover them with us on this list.

1. Check Out Tamakautoga Beach

That’s right, some of Niue’s rare beaches can be found near Tamakautoga, starting with Tamakautoga Beach itself. Accessed down the Togulu Sea Track, Tamakautoga Beach is a quaint coral-sand cove with excellent reef walking at low tide. There’s also a small swimming hole that you can have a splash in at any tide. We challenge you to also find the neighbouring beach through the palm forest on your right (be careful – it’s very slippery). Check out more of Niue’s beaches in the 5 Best Beaches in Niue.

Location: Signposted off the main coastal road in Tamakautoga (alongside the village green).

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2. Discover the Beach Down the  Pofitu Sea Track

Midway between Tamakautoga and Avatele, the Pofitu Sea Track takes travellers to another hidden gem of Niue. After a short bushwalk, you’ll find yourself at another coral beach leading out to the reef. There’s a short ladder and steps etched into the rock face to get down to the beach. Discover more gems like this in the 10 “Secret” Places in Niue: The Island’s Hidden Gems.

Location: Pofitu Sea Track, signposted on the main road between Tamakautoga and Avatele, southwest coast of Niue.

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3. Cycle Bike Track 1 (Fuata Road)

Hire a bike from Niue Blue or elsewhere and hit one of Niue’s scenic bike trails. Simply known as “Bike Trail 1“, this route goes through Tamakautoga, Avatele and on the bush trail of Fuata Road. The loop trail takes approximately one hour to complete and is well-signposted. Learn more about the trail in The 5 Best Bike Trails in Niue.

Location: Start at Niue Blue or follow “Hala Pasikala 1 / Bike Track 1” signs down Fuata Road off Tapeu-Porritt Road just north of Tamakautoga.

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4. Do Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Whale or Dolphin Tours

Tamakautoga is the base of Niue Blue, one of Niue’s scuba diving operators. Not only can they take you diving in Niue’s crystal clear waters whatever your experience, but they also offer encounters with spinner dolphins and humpback whales (in the right season). Find out more about their watersports experiences in The Guide to Scuba DivingThe Best Guided Snorkelling ToursThe Guide to Dolphin Watching & Swimming and The Best Whale Tours in Niue.

Location: Signposted along the main road just south of Tamakautoga and next to the Scenic Matavai Resort.

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5. Dine and Enjoy an Entertainment Evening at the Resort

Niue’s one and only resort is also located in Tamakautoga. The Scenic Matavai Resort‘s Dolphin Restaurant is open to casual diners, as well as their guests. Dine on the well-presented plates of their a-la-carte menu while enjoying the views from the restaurant’s elevated deck. Alternatively, book in for one of their weekly entertainment evenings which include traditional umu nights, live local music, fire dancers and more. See The Ultimate Guide to the Niue Nightlife for more information.

Location: Signposted along the main road just south of Tamakautoga.

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6. Go to a Sunday Church Service

Get an insight into the local culture, as well as hear beautiful singing at the Tamakautoga 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 10 am and 4 pm. Be sure to wear suitable clothing, such as covering the knees, women wearing skirts and men wearing collared shirts. See the 10 Best Churches in Niue to Experience as a Visitor for more tips.

Location: Tamakautoga village green.

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7. Join in the Fun on the Tamakautoga Show Day or Marine Day

Village Show Days and Marine Days are grand events in Niue, where every village has its own Show Day to showcase its best harvest, crafts and entertainment, while Marine Days highlight the best catches from the ocean! Head down to the village green to mingle with the locals of Tamakautoga, try local food, watch cultural performances and take part in activities. The Tamakautoga Show Day typically takes place sometime between April and November, but head to What Are Village Show Days in Niue? for more advice on where to find upcoming dates.

Location: Tamakautoga village green.

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More About Tamakautoga

That’s it for our list of the best things to do in Tamakautoga. Learn more about Niue’s villages in the guides below:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in A Guide to the Villages in Niue.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. He is also consulting regularly with Niue Tourism to ensure content accuracy. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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