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6 Best Reef Walks in Niue

10 Best Reef Walks in Niue

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The Best Niue Reef Walks

That’s right, you don’t even need to get your whole body in the water to enjoy the amazing tropical marine life of Niue. Niue has some fantastic reef walks where you only need to don your reef shoes and look down to watch fish, crabs and colourful coral through crystal clear waters. Niue has some superb reefs to explore on foot, which we go through in this list of the best reef walks in Niue.

Tip #1: Be careful not to stand on juvenile coral (i.e. if you see something that doesn’t look like a rock, try not to stand on it).
Tip #2: All of Niue’s reef walks are best done at low tide, but watch what the swell is doing before you go.
Tip #3: Make sure you wear some decent reef shoes for reef walking – we have some recommendations in the 10 Best Reef Shoes for Niue

See Is it Safe to Travel to Niue? for more safety tips and check out more walks on the island in The Guide to Walks in Niue.

1. Tamakautoga Beach (Togulu Sea Track)

Best tide: Low tide for snorkelling and reef walking.
Location: Signposted off the main coastal road in Tamakautoga (alongside the village green), southwest coast of Niue.

A popular spot for reef walking in Niue, Tamakautoga Beach, accessed on the Togulu Sea Track, is a quaint coral beach leading out to a stunning reef. While the reef is best explored on foot at low tide, there is a pool that you can swim in too. Walk north of the main beach and past a small sea arch and you’ll come across another small beach with access back to the car park through a “secret” sea track. See more beaches in the 5 Best Beaches in Niue.

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2. Utuko Reef

Best tide: Low-to-mid incoming tide.
Location: Sea track next to Crazy Uga Cafe, Alofi town centre, central west coast of Niue.

Accessible from the heart of Alofi, Utuko Reef is a small sandy cove ideal for a reef walking and swimming depending on what the tide is doing. The reef is best to explore at low to mid incoming tide but keep an eye on the swell size before heading out. When you’re done, pop up to the Crazy Uga Cafe for a drink, which is located right above the cove. Check out more walks on the west coast in the 10 Best Sea Tracks on the West Coast of Niue.

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3. Avaiki Cave to Palaha Cave

Best tide: Low tide.
Location: Start from either Avaiki Cave or Palaha Cave, signposted on the main road between Makefu and Tuapa, west coast of Niue.

Avaiki Cave and Palaha Cave are two iconic attractions near the village of Makefu. While it takes only 30 seconds to drive between the two, it is possible to walk along the reef between the two caves instead. Needless to say, this is best done at low tide, but the swell can make this a challenging reef walk and have you walking in waist-deep water. It’s best done when the swell is calm. Be mindful of juvenile coral growing in this area.

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4. Tautu Reef (Limu Sea Track)

Best tide: Low tide for reef walking, any tide for sightseeing.
Location: Signposted along the main road and across Liku village green, Liku, central east coast of Niue.

A stunning reef on the east coast, Tautu Reef is accessible down such a steep unsealed road that you might want to consider walking the extra 15 minutes to get there instead. The sea track access is tucked away in the northeast corner of Liku village green. After a venture down the steep 500 m (550-yard) road, you’ll find a grassy clearing and then a set of steps through an archway onto the reef. This is a stunning spot to come to watch the sunrise. The reef is best walked at low tide. Check out more walks on the east coast in the 8 Best Sea Tracks on the East Coast of Niue.

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5. Puluhiki Reef (Puluhiki Sea Track)

Best tide: Low tide for reef walking, any tide for sightseeing.
Location: Signposted from the left (northern) side of Lakepa village green, Lakepa, east coast of Niue.

Another rough unsealed road takes you this time from Lakepa to the Puluhiki Sea Track and an excellent reef walk at low tide. The sea track is a set of concrete steps down to the reef below where you’ll get stunning vistas across the reef – an ideal photo spot!

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6. Hikutavake Sea Track

Best tide: 30 minutes on either side of low tide for snorkelling, low tide for reef walking.
Location: The western side of the grassy parking area in Hikutavake, signposted along the main road, northwest coast of Niue.

Located near Talava Arches and Matapa Chasm in Hikutavake village is Hikutavake Sea Track itself! The top of the sea track is a good whale-watching spot. Go down the steps and you’ll find yourself at a picturesque reef where it’s possible to find snorkelling pools best accessed 30 minutes before or after low tide. Additionally, there is some excellent shallow snorkelling further down the reef just south of the large pools and a pleasant area for reef walking.

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7. Talava Arches Sea Track

Best tide: Low tide for reef walking and snorkelling, any tide for sightseeing.
Location: Signposted at the back of the grassy parking area in Hikutavake village, northwest coast of Niue.

Don’t miss this adventurous sea track and reef walk, the Talava Arches Sea Track. This is a 30-minute one-way walk down a rocky trail through the forest. The final part of the walk takes you through limestone caves, following guide ropes until you emerge at a cave opening looking across a reef to a huge coastal archway. It is possible to walk across the reef to the arch at low tide, while the channel in the reef below is also good for snorkelling.

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8. Hio Sea Track (Hio Beach)

Best tide: 30 minutes to 1 hour on either side of low tide for swimming, low tide for reef walking.
Location: Sea track next to the Hio Cafe, signposted along the main road, Tuapa, west coast of Niue.

This coral beach is not only a fantastic photo opportunity, but the reef walking here is also pretty awesome. There’s a lot of reef to explore north of the beach, including a cave. To the right of the beach is a nice little pool for swimming and snorkelling, which is best accessed 30 minutes to 1 hour before or after low tide. See more low tide attractions in the 10 Places to Go in Niue at Low Tide.

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9. Vaila Cave Sea Track

Best tide: Low tide for snorkelling and reef walking, any tide for sightseeing.
Location: Opposite Tusekolo Bush Road, 2 km (1.2 mi) north of Alofi town centre, Alofi North, central west coast of Niue.

Heading down to Alofi North, the Vaila Cave Sea Track is a two-minute one-way track down to a cave cut into the cliff. The cave is storage for vaka (canoes), as well as access to the northern end of the Alofi North Marine Protected Area where you can admire some stunning marine life in the reef at low tide.

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10. Motu Sea Track

Best tide: Low tide for reef walking, any tide for sightseeing.
Location: Signposted between Liku and Lakepa on the coastal side of the road, east coast of Niue. The Motu Sea Track is a little closer to Lakepa than to Liku.

Finally, another good place for a reef walk on the east coast is accessible from the Motu Sea Track. The track is signposted between Liku and Lakepa, taking you down a narrow and flat unsealed road for 1.4 km (0.9 mi). You’ll reach a rocky sea track through the forest and over exposed cliffs until you reach a ladder taking you down onto the reef. The reef is best explored at low tide.

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More Reef Walks in Niue

That’s it for the best reef walks in Niue. For more stunning sea tracks and coastal attractions, take a look at the following:

Finally, remember to bookmark the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List for more amazing experiences.

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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