Sea Tracks and Short Walks in Alofi
Niue is a raised coral atoll full of sorts of nooks and crannies. Find secluded bays, rocky lookouts and beaches, even in the capital of Niue, Alofi. Sea tracks are the way to get to Niue’s natural wonders, all of which are super short and can be done by all ages (just mind your step as some trails and steps can be slippery). If you’re looking for short walks in Alofi or places to appreciate some of Niue’s natural beauty within walking distance of the main town of the island, then take a look at these amazing sea tracks in Alofi!
1. Amanau Sea Track
Starting the south of Alofi, the Amanau Sea Track is a super short walk through a coconut plantation and down some steps to a beautiful stretch of rocky coastline. Climb down the ladder here and you’ll have access to a sheltered swimming hole with overhanging rock. The swimming hole is ideal for snorkelling.
Location: South Alofi, just before the Pacific Way Bar before entering Alofi town
2. Opaahi Sea Track
Easily accessible in Alofi town, opposite the Latter-Day Saints Church and the Kaiika Restaurant, the Opaahi Sea Track is a historical and charming sight. The short sea track leads down to a rocky outcrop where locals store their vaka (canoes). You can also scramble across the rocks to get excellent views of Niue’s rocky coastline. The cove here was the site of Captain Cook’s second landing attempt in June 1774, who was challenged by locals and his men were forced to return to his ship. See more 10 Fascinating Historical Sites in Niue here.
Location: Opposite Kaiika Restaurant and the Latter-Day Saints Church, south Alofi
3. Togalahi Sea Track
A sea track that’s often missed yet right in the centre of town, the Togalahi Sea Track offers a short walk to a rocky and sandy cove. It’s possible to snorkel close to shore at high tide or enjoy exploring the reef with your reef shoes at low tide (be careful not to step on wildlife or corals).
Location: Just north past the Parliament buildings, opposite the commercial centre in Alofi
4. Utuko Reef Sea Track
A must-visit from the town centre of Alofi, the Utuko Reef Sea Track leads down to an attractive golden coral sand beach and reef. Enjoy the amazing views of the beach, clear turquoise waters and the rocky cliffs on either side. Take your snorkelling gear to this hotspot which can be floated on at low tide or swam around at high tide. See more things to do in Alofi town in 10 Things to Do in Alofi.
Location: Opposite the Nuie Information Centre and the Police Station
5. Omahi Sea Track
Signposted on the coastal side of the road near the Niue Rentals office in Alofi North, the Omahi Sea Track is a short adventure down a rocky trail. The track brings you out onto the coastline with sweeping views on either side. It’s a great place to come and watch the sunset.
Location: Alofi North, signposted on the coastal side of the road near Niue Rentals
6. Togalupo Sea Track
Located on the northern outskirts of Alofi, the Togalupo Sea Track is a short stroll down to what we like to think is the world’s smallest bay! This little nook in the Niuean coastline is suitable for a paddle and makes a fun photo opportunity.
Location: Opposite Yolos Accommodation, approximately 1.5km (one mile) north of Alofi town centre
7. Vaila Sea Track
Finally, if you head to the northern outskirts of Alofi, you’ll come across the Vaila Sea Track. After a short walk and making use of the picnic area here, you will find a set of concrete steps leading into a cave and rock pools below. The cave is within a marine-protected area, so while it’s important to mind your step and not take any shells, the rock pools provide an amazing snorkelling opportunity. Snorkelling is best done at low tide. Check out more snorkelling hotspots in the 10 Best Places to Snorkel in Niue.
Location: Opposite Tusekolo Bush Road, 2km (1.2 miles) north of Alofi town centre