5 Things to Know Before Arriving in Niue on a Yacht
5 Things to Know Before Arriving in Niue on a Yacht

5 Things to Know Before Arriving in Niue on a Yacht

(c) David Girsh – Niue Tourism

Arrival Advice for Sailing to Niue

Niue is unlike your other South Pacific Islands in that you have no outer reefs to negotiate but you do, however, have sudden coral walls that you don’t want to mess with. Needless to say, the Niue coastline is relatively unforgiving and getting the arrival process wrong could be costly. Luckily, we’ve put together this quick list of things to do when arriving in Niue by yacht, including the Customs process and finding a mooring spot.

For more yachtie talk, take a look at The Guide to Sailing in Niue, as well as the 10 Essential Sailing Tips for Niue.

1. Approach in the Day

Due to Niue’s unforgiving coastline and the lack of light produced by the island, it’s strongly recommended to only approach the island during daylight. Make sure you approach the west side of the island, as the east side has sudden coral walls that your depth sounder might not pick up fast enough. You should be able to get a radar reading about 10 miles off the coast, but keep rechecking as you approach. Your arrival area for yachts in Niue is Alofi Bay.

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2. Give the First Call for Customs Clearance

When you’re about five miles off Alofi, call Radio Niue on VHF Channel 16 who will organise Customs clearance. You will be given instructions for approaching Alofi Wharf. Customs is available from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday, so it’s best to time your arrival during these hours. Weekend Customs clearance may be able to be arranged.

5 Things to Know Before Arriving in Niue on a Yacht(c) David Girsh - Niue Tourism

 

3. Have Your Forms Completed Before Arrival for a Smoother Process

You absolutely need to have your clearance documentation from your last port of call for arriving in Niue. Failing this, you’ll receive an instant NZ$200 fine. You will also be required to complete a Masters Certificate, Immigration Form, Health Department Form, Health Border Form, Vessel Report Form and a Niue Cash Report Form on arrival. However, you can complete these before arriving in Niue by downloading the forms from the Niue Yacht Club website. This will help speed up the Customs process. For information on immigration and quarantine, take a look at Do You Need a Visa to Visit Niue? and What to Declare When Arriving in Niue.

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4. Know the Rules for Tenders at Alofi Wharf

Getting to Alofi Wharf by tender is just about the only way to land on Niue. There is an electric winch and tender parking area on the wharf, which is alongside the landing area. Tender trolleys are available, which you need to leave free for the next visitor when you unload your tender. After using the winch, return the winch arm and lower the hook to 1.8m (6ft) above sea level so it is ready for the next boat coming in. Finally, be sure to keep tender speeds down around the busy wharf. For advice on the services in Alofi, take a look at Information, Shops & Services in Alofi.

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5. Contact the Niue Yacht Club for Mooring Allocation

For when you have completed the customs process, you will need to find an appropriate place to moor. The Niue Yacht Club has 17 moorings in Alofi, each on a first-come-first-served basis. You can contact them by first radioing in on VHF Channel 16 and then Channel 10 where you will be given a mooring allocation and advice. All moorings are marked with orange floats where you will need to use your own line, passing your line through the thimble and back onto your yacht. Remember to use a reasonable amount of line. If there are no moorings available, you will be directed on where to anchor safely without damaging coral.

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Author

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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