What is the Weather Like in Niue in October?
Dubbed the “shoulder season”, October marks the transition between the dry and the wet season in Niue. This means that the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, but the rain is still mostly absent. For travellers on a budget, it also means that flights and accommodation start getting cheaper with shoulder season deals. All travellers will also appreciate how quiet Niue is in October with half-empty accommodations and tours. In this guide to Niue weather in October, we’ll go over what temperatures, UV levels and rainfall you can expect, as well as a bunch of our tips along the way.
Before we dive into this guide to the Niue weather in October, 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 October
- Around the 19th/20th of October, Niue celebrates Constitution Day which is a two-day (sometimes three) public holiday. Between the 26th and the 28th of October, Niue also celebrates Peniamina Gospel Day which is a one-day public holiday. If your trip falls during those days, plan a self-driven tour and a meal at the resort as most businesses will be closed
- The UV levels are back at their maximum in Niue in October, so be sunscreen-ready at all times!
- The whale swimming season is coming to an end in October so travel early in the month if that’s on your bucket list
- The weather can change quickly in October, so pack a rain jacket or have a compact umbrella ready in case of showers
- 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.
Typical Temperatures in October
October sees a clear warm-up from the previous months, marking the end of the dry season and the beginning of the wet season. This makes October a wonderful month to visit Niue, as the weather is not too hot or humid. The temperatures in Niue will average a maximum of 27°C / 81°F during the day in October and will cool down to an average of 21°C / 70°F at night.
Temperatures in Alofi
- Average maximum temperature: 27°C / 81°F
- Average temperature: 24°C / 75°F
- Average minimum temperature: 21°C / 70°F
Sea Temperature in October
Although the air temperature is rising, expect the average sea temperature in Niue in October to stay pretty similar to the previous month. The waters will only warm up later in the wet season. But don’t worry, the waters of the island are still very warm with the average sea temperature in October being 25°C / 77°F.
Hours of Sun in October
As the dry season comes to an end, the days in October in Niue are getting longer and sunnier. This is the contradiction that gets most travellers confused. Yes, the wet season brings longer days and more sun hours to most South Pacific islands – not just rain, rain and more rain! October will offer you plenty of daylight to make the most of your time in paradise, as well as enough bright sun hours to give you this golden glow that screams: “I just came back from holiday!” Expect the average day in October to last 13 hours and have about 4 hours of bright sunshine per day.
UV Levels During October
The UV levels in Niue in October are back to their highest with an average of 12 on the UV index. Those extreme levels usually last from October to March and warrant caution when it comes to sun exposure. Sunhat, sunglasses and, most importantly, sunscreen are a must.
We’ve got a list of reef-safe sunscreen ready for you if you are looking to protect your skin and the stunning underwater world of Niue. For the kids, we have a list of sunscreens specially designed for their younger skin.
Sunrise and Sunset During October
The average amount of daylight in October in Niue is 13 hours.
- Sunrise: 6:00 am at the beginning of October and 5:40 am at the end of October
- Sunset: 6:20 pm at the beginning of October and 6:30 pm at the end of October.
Rainfall in October
When it comes to precipitation, October shows all its strengths as a great time to visit Niue. Being the transition from the dry to the wet season, October benefits from longer days and warmer weather but does not get as much rain as neighbouring months. In fact, it has a lower precipitation average than August and September (the middle of the dry season). Around the end of the month, however, precipitation is on the rise.
The average rainfall in Niue in October is 121 mm / 4.8 in spread over an average of 4 days. It means that on average only 4 days out of October see some rain.
Rainfall in Alofi
- Average rainfall in October: 121 mm / 4.8 in
- Average rain days: 4.
Tropical Storms in October
The cyclone season in Niue runs from November to April. Therefore, Niue has a very low risk of cyclones in October.
Regardless, the island nation is well prepared for this kind of natural event, as it has shown during Cyclone Heta in 2004 where casualties were extremely low. Should there be any warning issued during your stay, your accommodation or tour staff will escort you to safe zones inland and issue instructions.
See How to Prepare for a Cyclone in Niue for more information.
The Best Things to Do in October
With the tail end of the busy season over, October leaves travellers with more options, fewer crowds and often, lower prices. That’s quite a good combo if you ask us! October also sees the end of the whale watching and swimming season so if you are planning a trip to Niue for this unique experience, try to get there in early October. Here are a few more recommendations for things to do in October.
Road Trip – Hop into one of the many rental cars available or on a bike or e-bike and head to one of the dozens of hidden gems. From chasms to forests or even the outdoor Hikulagi Sculpture Park, there are heaps to discover around Niue. We also suggest stopping for lunch in one of the local restaurants for a real taste of Pacific cuisine!
Whale Watching – Hands down the most memorable experience in Niue, whale watching and swimming is still available in Niue in October. Although the season closes mid-way through the month, this should give you plenty of time to jump in and swim next to some of the largest animals on the planet!
Snorkelling – It is getting hotter in October, which means that you’ve got to find ways to cool down! Cocktails, admittedly, are a great solution, but snorkelling is better – trust us! With rock pools and vibrant sea life, you will be amazed by what is hidden just under the ocean’s surface. You can usually hire snorkelling gear directly from your accommodation or jump on a tour to be shown the best snorkelling spots.
If that’s enough, take a look at the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List.
October Packing List for Niue
Nobody likes to forget things. Don’t fret, we’ve got your back with this must-pack list for Niue in October:
- High-factor reef-safe sunscreen
- Light bamboo, linen or merino layers (we like the sustainable bamboo clothing of Moso Morrow)
- Light long-sleeved tops (to cover from sun and mosquitoes)
- Light pants/trousers (to cover the knees when appropriate – church service, etc.)
- Insect repellent
- Rash vest (we like the UV-protecting Sharkskin rashies)
- Rain jacket or travel-sized umbrella
- Closed walking shoes
- Reef shoes
- Sarong (paleu) or other light clothing to wear over your swimwear when passing through villages – see What are the Local Customs in Niue? for more information.
Want a list that’s longer and more complete? Check out our Ultimate Niue Packing List so you just have to tick down the boxes and hop on the plane.
More About the Weather in Niue in October
That’s it for our complete guide to the weather and climate in Niue in October. Check out the following articles for more weather advice:
- Niue Weather, Seasons & Climate + Niue Weather by Month
- The Best Time to Visit Niue: A Month-by-Month Guide
- Niue Weather in August
- Niue Weather in September
- Niue Weather in November
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.