The Best Boat Tours in Niue©
The Best Boat Tours in Niue

The Best Boat Tours in Niue


Amazing Boat Trips: How to Get Out on the Water in Niue

As an island nation, it comes as no surprise that much of the action is out on the water in Niue. With that, there is a wide variety of boat tours in Niue where each one mixes one type of adventure with exploring the coastline. It could be a fishing charter, learning to paddle a traditional canoe, snorkelling or scuba diving among stunning coral gardens, or even swimming with whales and dolphins. Of course, there is at least one option where you can enjoy simply sitting back and cruising at sunset. Check out all of your options when it comes to getting out on Niue’s water on a boat!

Before we take a look at the best boat tours in Niue, be sure to bookmark the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List featuring more amazing experiences.

5 Quick Tips for Boat Trips in Niue

Before we get into the details, here are some tips for planning a boat tour in Niue:

  1. All boat tours in Niue are weather-dependent, so tours will be rescheduled if the sea conditions are too dangerous
  2. Kayak and vaka (canoe) tours are also tide-dependent, so tour times change daily
  3. Only boats with a whale license can approach humpback whales if seen on a tour
  4. Boats in Niue tend to be small fishing boats or inflatable dive boats, so don’t expect any lavish sailing ships or large catamarans
  5. Tours are best booked through your accommodation or through the Visitor Information Centre – see Where to Book Tours in Niue for more advice.

For more general tips to help you through your holiday, take a look at the Niue Travel Tips: 31 Tips for Travelling in Niue.

The Best Boat Tours in Niue©

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving Boat Tours

Access some of Niue’s most unspoiled snorkelling spots and dive sites with one of the snorkelling or scuba diving boat tours.

Snorkelling boat tours in Niue can take you to outer reefs or chasms only accessible by boat to explore some of the less-visited snorkelling spots around the island. Tours also give you the opportunity to swim with spinner dolphins should they be encountered when travelling to or from the snorkelling destination.

Alternatively, scuba diving boat tours are also available, typically for certified divers looking to hit one of Niue’s amazing dive sites. Dive through chimneys, explore underwater caves and encompass yourself in a world of colourful tropical fish and coral.

Niue Blue offer fantastic snorkelling and scuba diving tours, while Whale Swim Niue offer private snorkelling tours. All snorkelling gear is provided on snorkelling tours, while recreational dives have gear hire to suit your needs.

Learn more about each tour in The Best Guided Snorkelling Tours in Niue and The Best Scuba Diving Tours in Niue.

The Best Boat Tours in Niue(c) David Girsh - Niue Tourism

Whale Watching and Swimming Tours

During the whale season, July to September, there are several operators with licenses to interact with humpback whales. Whale watching and swimming tours allow you to join these majestic creatures in their element – crystal clear waters where they come each year to raise their young.

Niue Blue and Whale Swim Niue have full-time licenses to swim with whales throughout the season. They adhere to strict guidelines to interact with whales. You’ll typically get an amazing whale-watching experience but note that swimming isn’t always a guarantee. Tours include snorkelling gear and refreshments.

See The Best Whale Tours in Niue to compare the tours available.

The Best Boat Tours in Niue(c) Niue Tourism

Sunset Cruise

While there’s no lack of fishing tours in Niue (see the section below), one fishing charter also offers another way to experience Niue on the water… Join Niue Fishing Charters for their “Sunset Coastal Cruise” where a maximum of six people can enjoy a late afternoon/early evening cruise along the coastline.

Your guide will point out interesting sights along Niue’s coastline, while you and your group relax with the provided refreshments (beer, wine, juice and snacks). You also may be lucky enough to see dolphins and even whales in the right season.

The Best Boat Tours in Niue(c)

Fishing Boat Tours

Another way to get out on the water in Niue on some sort of boat tour is via a fishing charter.

Fishing charters in Niue range from 2 hrs 30 mins to five hours on the water where you’ll be trolling, jigging or casting for Niue’s feisty game fish. Reel in wahoo, mahimahi, yellowfin tuna or something else! What’s more, you are certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to fishing tours in Niue, where there are around 10 to choose from! Fishing charters in Niue include:

  • Fish Niue Charters
  • Niue Fishing Charters
  • Niue Wahoo Fishing Charters
  • Paul Pasisi Charters
  • Sea Turtle Charters
  • Gone Fishing Niue Fishing Charters
  • Kiu Tahi Fishing Charters
  • Teresa’s Charters

We go into detail on each charter in the 10 Best Fishing Charters in Niue.

The Best Boat Tours in Niue(c) M. Crawford - Niue Tourism

Kayak/Vaka Tours

Note that kayak and vaka tours are no longer available in Niue. We will update this listing when some become available. 

See The Guide to SUP and Kayak in Niue for more information.

More About Boat Tours in Niue

That’s it for our guide to boat tours in Niue. For more ways to get on the water in Niue, take a look at these:

Finally, be sure to check out the 101 Things to Do in Niue: The Ultimate List for even more amazing experiences.


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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