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8 Best Accommodations in Niue for Whale Watching

8 Best Accommodations in Niue for Whale Watching

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The Best Accommodations in Niue Where You Can Watch Whales

The whale season in Niue doesn’t mean you can only enjoy seeing humpback whales from dive and fishing boats. Whales come so close to shore that you can simply put your feet up and watch them from the deck or private lookout of your chosen accommodation. Between July and September, Niue’s waters become a sanctuary for migrating humpback whales who come to give birth and mate. Watching whale mothers and their calves playing at the ocean’s surface is always an exciting and rewarding sight. See which accommodations you can watch whales from in Niue in the list below.

For more about the whales in Niue, take a look at The Guide to the Whale Season in Niue.

How to Book Accommodation in Niue

With only a rare few accommodations in Niue having websites, it might not be entirely obvious how to book a place to stay in Niue. We include booking links where available, but to learn more about booking accommodations over the phone or via Facebook Messenger, check out our complete guide on How to Book Accommodation in Niue.

1. Scenic Matavai Resort

Niue’s largest accommodation and the only resort on the island, the Scenic Matavai Resort has expansive decks overlooking the Pacific Ocean. From the restaurant deck, the pool deck or the pool bar deck, enjoy watching whales in the right season or spinner dolphins all year round. The staff at the resort will make sure you don’t miss a thing, as when a whale is spotted, the bell rings to let everyone know. What’s more, binoculars are provided to enhance the experience. Find out more about this accommodation in our 10 Best Hotels & Resorts in Niue.

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2. Lau’s Getaway

You have two balustrade balconies on your own private villa to choose from when it comes to whale watching from Lau’s Getaway. Hell, you can even watch the whales while soaking in one of the balcony’s bathtubs-for-two. These two luxury villas perched on the cliffs of Avatele have unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, ideal for watching the humpback whales while in season. Binoculars are included in your stay to make the most of the experience. See the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Niue to learn more about this accommodation.

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3. Koliki Lodge

If you’re a large tribe or two families travelling together, Koliki Lodge needs to be a serious consideration for your stay in Niue. What’s more, it has an expansive garden with ocean views, meaning a strong possibility of whales! Sit and enjoy your breakfast on the outdoor furniture set up on the clifftop and try your luck spotting the humpbacks emerging at the surface. The holiday home is located in the village of Tuapa. Learn more about Koliki Lodge and other holiday homes in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Niue.

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4. Breeze

WiFi included, airport transfers and access to a purpose-built whale-watching deck: what’s not to love about the Breeze accommodation in Avatele?! The two colourful cottages on the oceanfront are set up with couples or a couple of friends in mind, with a studio king or twin layout with a private kitchen, lounge, breakfast bar and tiled bathroom. Mornings and evenings are best spent on the whale-watching deck with your morning coffee or evening wine looking out for those magnificent creatures on the horizon. See more stays like this in the 10 Most Romantic Honeymoon Accommodations in Niue.

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5. Anaiki Motel

The Anaiki Motel in Makefu features a unique clifftop deck, ideal for watching humpback whales and spinner dolphins. The boutique motel has only four units in total, each with a separate bedroom and a sofa bed in the lounge to suit both couples and families. You’ll have your own self-catering facilities where you can take your meals onto the deck and enjoy watching the ocean and especially the sunset. See more accommodations like this in the 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in Niue.

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6. Scenic Matavai Apartments & Villa

Located about 1.5 km (1 mi) away from the Scenic Matavai Resort, the Scenic Matavai Apartments & Villa is a separate complex, yet offers guests all of the facilities of the nearby resort. These modern self-contained apartments, some on the oceanfront, include a kitchenette and an ensuite in a timber-lined studio apartment, which can also be interconnected to suit groups or families. There is also a three-bedroom villa available should you want a real home-away-from-home experience. Facilities at the complex include an outdoor swimming pool and a guest barbecue.

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7. Namukulu Cottages

Located in the tiny village of Namukulu, Namukulu Cottages is a complex of five cottages surrounding a central outdoor swimming pool. The self-contained cottages (and sleepout for larger groups) are suitable for couples, groups and families who might want to make the most of the private access to a stunning lookout over the Pacific Ocean. Each cottage with its own deck also has panoramic views of the ocean, which you might want to keep an eye on to spot whales.

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8. The Restoration Reef

Finally, stay in the accommodation with the best ocean views in Alofi at The Restoration Reef. Constructed on the clifftops in Alofi South, The Restoration Reef is a studio-style apartment with large windows opposite the double bed so you can wake up to watching whales if you’re lucky. There is also a private clifftop patio area where you can also enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean and whatever activity it may bring. It’s one of the accommodations we recommend in the 10 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Alofi.

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[CLOSED] Clifftop Fale

As the name suggests, the Clifftop Fale has an idyllic position on the clifftops to watch the whales. Located in one of Niue’s smallest villages, Namukulu, Clifftop Fale is a one-bedroom holiday home set in private gardens with a walkway to a clifftop lookout, as well as a personal sea track to the reef below. The self-contained accommodation has all the essentials, from a kitchen to even cleaning facilities (you’re expected to clean as you go).

More About Accommodations You Can Watch Whales from in Niue

That’s it for the best accommodations you can watch whales from in Niue. For more about Niue’s whales, take a look at the following:

Finally, check out The 30 Best Accommodations in Niue so you can see how these stays compare.


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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