Niue Weather in May(c)
Niue Weather in May

Niue Weather in May


What is the Weather Like in Niue in May?

With the wet season behind, May is the beginning of the so-called “dry season” in Niue and with it comes the perfect holiday in the tropics. Hot days with bright sun and cool refreshing nights, it’s the perfect combo between the hot weather of the wet season and the lowest rainfalls that comes with the dry season.

Let’s be honest, for the next few months, you won’t have to worry too much about the weather, but just so you know what you are in for, we’ve put this guide together to go over temperatures, rainfalls, UV index and much more information about the Niue weather in May.

Before we dive into this weather guide to Niue in May, be sure to bookmark Niue Weather by Month: What is the Weather Like in Niue? and The Best Time to Visit Niue for more climate advice.

5 Tips for Travelling Niue in May

  1. May is the transition between the low and the high season in Niue. Look out for a few discounts on accommodation and flights, you may get lucky and grab one of the last low-season promos out there
  2. Don’t be put off by the hot and humid weather that April brings, as most accommodation has air conditioning or ceiling fans for a peaceful night. Plus, there are plenty of ways to cool down, from stunning snorkelling spots to delicious cocktails
  3. Although May is part of the dry season, short bursts of rainfall can still occur so pack a light rain jacket or travel umbrella, just in case
  4. May also marks the beginning of the “Village Show Days” season. Check on the Niue Tourism Events Page to see if you are lucky enough to catch a celebration.
  5. Whatever the season, look out for rough sea warnings issued by the Niue Met Service and National Disaster Management Office via radio or their Facebook Pages; these are usually days to avoid swimming.
Niue Weather in May(c)

Typical Temperatures in May

Niue presents itself at its best in May with temperatures hot enough to feel like a tropical holiday during the day but cool enough to offer conformable dining experiences in the evening. Expect the daily temperatures to be 27°C / 81°F on average and the nightly temperatures to be 22°C / 72°F on average. That’s not bad for a month that is attracting only a very moderate number of travellers!

Temperatures in Alofi

  • Average maximum temperature: 27°C / 81°F
  • Average temperature: 25°C / 77°F
  • Average minimum temperature: 22°C / 72°F

Sea Temperature in May

With water temperatures close to 27°C / 81°F on average during the month of May, Niue is just begging for you to jump in. The fish life at this time of the year is vibrant and any dive or snorkel trip around the raised coral atoll is an absolute treat.

Niue Weather in May(c)

Hours of Sun in May

Being right in the junction between the wet and the dry season, May gets the best of both worlds with long days, a high amount of sunshine hours, and lower rainfall. You’ll get plenty of sun and plenty of daylight to spend the whole day chasing that big game fish or exploring remote chasms. In May, the average day is comprised of 12 hours of daylight and 6 hours of bright sunshine.

UV Levels During May

With the dry season comes more reasonable UV levels. As such, May is a much tamer month for the pale skins. But with an average UV index of 8+, you will still need to equip yourself with a sunhat and sunscreen, especially when heading on the water. Reapplying sunscreen every couple of hours is a good idea too!

We’ve got a list of reef-safe sunscreens so you can protect both your skin and the beautiful corals around Niue. If you are travelling with the little ones, then also check our list of sunscreens especially designed to protect young skin.

Sunrise and Sunset During May

The average amount of daylight in May in Niue is 12 hours.

  • Sunrise: 6:35 am at the beginning of January and 6:45 am at the end of May
  • Sunset: 6:00 pm at the beginning of January and 5:50 pm at the end of May.
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Rainfall in May

As a small tropical island nation right in the middle of the South Pacific, even in the driest of its dry season, Niue will still experience some amount of rain. Since May is right at the transition between the wet and dry seasons, you can expect a few rainy spells to spice up your trip. But what is a tropical holiday without that one, two, three… or more tropical downpours like no other?!

May’s average rainfall in Niue is 195 mm / 7.7 in spread over an average of 9 days. This means that, on average, only 9 days of the month will experience some showers.

Rainfall in Alofi

  • Average rainfall in May: 195 mm / 7.7 in
  • Average rain days: 9.
Niue Weather in May(c)

Tropical Storms in May

The South Pacific cyclone season starts in November and ends in April, so it’s highly unlikely that a tropical cyclone will occur in Niue in May. Nevertheless, it’s always best to be prepared, as small-scale cyclones have historically developed across the South Pacific in May. Check out our tips in our guide, Cyclone Safety in Niue.

For travellers who find cyclones a major concern, perhaps choose a month with the least risk, such as July or August.

Niue Weather in May(c)

The Best Things to Do in May

With the wet season over, Niue is blossoming with heaps of adventures and activities to be enjoyed. The whole island is yours for the taking with cultural tours, opportunities to get on or in the water, and remote caves and inlets to explore. In short, there is pretty much nothing that we would not recommend doing in May in Niue. You’ve just chosen one of the best months to make the most of this tiny island nation!

Museums and Art – Hide from the occasional rainfall at the national museum, Fale Tau Taoga Niue or the local Tahiono Art Gallery in Alofi. Outdoors, you’ll be able to check out trash transformed into sculptures at the Hikulagi Sculpture Park. If you are lucky, you’ll also be able to experience a Village Show Day, which is simply unmissable if you are interested in learning more about the Niuean culture.

Snorkelling or Scuba Diving – Niue is poised with some of the clearest waters you will ever experience since it has no freshwater estuaries. By jumping in the water through snorkelling or scuba diving, you will be able to uncover the vibrant world that created this raised coral atoll in the first place.

Road Trip – If you are unsure about what you feel like doing, get yourself behind the wheel of a rental car, grab a map from the Niue Information Centre, and head on the road to enjoy a slice of everything. The drives between the points of interest are short (heck, it only takes about 30 minutes to cross the whole island!) where you will be able to treat yourself to some great sights and experience local food at the eateries scattered along the west coast of the island.

If that’s enough, take a look at the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List.

Niue Weather in May(c)

May Packing List for Niue

We’ve got a comprehensive Packing List for a Trip to Niue ready for you, but since you’re here we thought you’d like to know what is essential to pack if you are planning a trip there in Niue:

  • Light clothing layer (linen, bamboo or merino preferably so it is super light – we like the sustainable bamboo clothing of Moso Morrow)
  • Light long-sleeved tops (to cover from the sun and take the edge off those slightly cooler nights)
  • Light pants/trousers (to cover the knees when appropriate – at church services or to protect from mosquitoes on plantation/forest tours, for example)
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Rash vest (we like the UV-protecting Sharkskin rashies)
  • Closed walking shoes
  • Reef shoes
  • Sarong (paleu – to wear over your swimwear when passing through villages – see What are the Local Customs in Niue? for more information)
  • Insect repellent
  • High-factor sunscreen (that’s reef-safe and water-resistant).

More About the Weather in Niue in May

That’s it for our complete guide to the weather and climate in Niue in May. Check out the following articles for more weather advice:

Finally, enjoy a comprehensive guide to planning a trip to Niue in The Best Niue Travel Guide: Plan a Trip to Niue the EASY Way.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Niue Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. He is also consulting regularly with Niue Tourism to ensure content accuracy. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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