Premium Experience in Alofi
Looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply prefer a touch of luxury in your island getaway? Niue’s capital is a top destination for premium experiences, from scuba diving in unbelievably clear waters to fishing some of the most highly-sought game fish. Whether you’re into art or adventure, there’s something for every kind of luxury traveller in Alofi. Take a look at some of the top experiences in this list of luxury activities in Alofi.
For more inspiration for a luxury getaway, be sure to check out The Luxury Guide to Alofi.
1. Dive Among Some of the Clearest Waters
One of the biggest luxuries of Alofi, and Niue as a whole, is how pristine the island and its surrounding waters are. Water visibility is known to reach a whopping 80m thanks to the fact that Niue has no rivers with sediments running into the ocean. This makes for unbelievably vivid scuba diving among Niue’s hard coral gardens and varied seascapes like chasms and caves. The closest scuba diving operator to Alofi is Magical Niue Sea Adventures located in Alofi North (1.5km/1 mile from the town centre). Magical Niue Sea Adventures is PADI affiliated and offers recreational day and night dives, as well as PADI courses. Learn more in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue.
2. Try Your Luck on an Exciting Fishing Charter
While fishing off the wharf in Alofi or paddling out in a vaka (canoe) is how the locals catch dinner, nothing quite beats the excitement of reeling in marlin, tuna, mahimahi, sailfish or wahoo from a boat fishing charter. Metres away from the launch point at Sir Robert’s Wharf in Alofi, you’ll start fishing, whether it’s trolling, jigging or casting. As there are more fishing operators than Alofi knows what to do with, be sure to compare your options in the 10 Best Fishing Charters in Niue.
3. Get a Greater Insight into Niue on an Orientation Tour
Get acquainted with the island on one of the orientation tours available from Alofi. Your knowledgeable guide will show you the highlights of the island, from the snorkelling hotspots to hidden gems that you would likely otherwise miss. Explore Niue takes more of a culture and history angle as you explore the west side of the island, as well as includes refreshments such as coconuts and local fruit. Alternatively, Niue Orientation Tours offers more of an ecological twist on the tours, which also includes a handy resource pack that you’ll find yourself living off for the rest of your trip! Both tours are small-group tours in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles. Learn more about the tours and others in the 10 Must-Do Tours in Niue.
4. Indulge in Fresh Seafood
Dine on some of the freshest ingredients that you would only expect to find in fine dining restaurants yet in the relaxed island setting in Alofi. Some of the most premium restaurants in Alofi include Kaiika, serving some of the best sushi out of Japan, and the Falala Fa Cafe & Bar with fresh fish brought in from the day’s fishing charters [Update: Falala Fa has closed]. For more restaurant recommendations, head to the Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Alofi.
5. Swim with Humpback Whales and Spinner Dolphins
Niue’s waters not only entice scuba divers but also have an allure for spinner dolphins and humpback whales. The latter frequents Niue’s waters between July and October to give birth and raise their young, where you can enjoy eco-friendly encounters with Niue’s whale swimming operators. Spinner dolphin swimming is available all read round and has you holding alongside the boat so you get to see these acrobatic dolphins in action. Learn more in The Guide to Swimming with Whales in Niue and The Guide to Swimming with Dolphins in Niue.
6. Shop for Unique Souvenirs at the Niue Market
Niueans are skilled craftspeople creating awe-inspiring woven placemats, bowls, hats and baskets. They also are known for their kahoa hihi (necklaces) made from tiny yellow snail shells that they collect in the forests. One of the best places in Alofi to see such pieces is at the Niue Market, which takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. You can also see the ladies in action at the weaving group in Makini Hall every Wednesday. They also have a small shop at the back of the hall with gorgeous pieces for sale. Each souvenir is handcrafted and unique.
7. Browse Gorgeous Artwork at the Tahiono Art Gallery
Located in the commercial centre of Alofi, the Tahiono Art Gallery is well worth a browse to see fabulous contemporary paintings of island life in Niue. From vivid Niuean landscapes to captivating portraits of locals, there’s something to evoke the thoughts of many. Most pieces displayed are by a New Zealand-born artist, Mark Cross, known for his oil canvases that impart social messages.