The Top Snorkelling Tours in Niue
Niue is arguably one of the best snorkelling destinations in the South Pacific. Not only can you access coral reefs directly from shore but there are also guided tours available to help you make the most of Niue’s underwater world. Guided snorkelling tours take you by boat to places that very few visitors get to experience, meaning the marine life is more abundant, diverse and undisturbed. What’s more, the island of Niue has little-to-no surface runoff, making the underwater world vividly clear with visibility between 30 to 80 m (100 to 262 ft)! Find out more about how you can enjoy guided snorkelling tours in Niue with the list of operators below.
5 Things to Know About Snorkelling Tours in Niue
Before we jump into the operators, these are the things you need to know about snorkelling tours in Niue:
- No two snorkelling tours are the same in Niue, as the snorkelling spots visited change depending on the weather, ocean conditions, tide and customers’ abilities/preferences
- All guided snorkelling tours include a mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit for buoyancy. If you have your own snorkelling gear, however, it’s usually best to bring them along for a better fit
- Allow time in your holiday to reschedule snorkelling trips, as Niue’s weather and ocean conditions frequently change
- The minimum age requirement for snorkelling tours is typically five years old with family trips available
- All of Niue’s snorkelling tours include the opportunity to swim with dolphins.
That’s just a few tips but for more advice on snorkelling when you’re without a guide, be sure to check out The Guide to Snorkelling in Niue.
Offering snorkelling tours from Alofi and Avatele (depending on the conditions) and transfers from their base in Tamakautoga, Niue Blue is easy to access from most of the island’s holiday accommodations.
Snorkelling Tours with Niue Blue
Niue Blue’s snorkelling tour starts with a short coastal tour learning about Niue, its history and its hidden gems. You’re then taken out to one of Niue’s best snorkel spots only accessed by boat with a huge variety of fish and hard corals, as well as the opportunity to see more diversity in marine species than you’ll find at the tourist hotspots, such as reef sharks, turtles and katuali (sea snakes). You’ll have an experienced in-water guide to support you, take photos and point out the amazing marine life.
The 2 to 3-hour experience also includes in-water interactions with spinner dolphins if the opportunity arises before and/or after snorkelling. Two swimmers get in the water at a time, being towed alongside the inflatable boat to see the dolphins in action. Find out more in The Guide to Dolphins Tours in Niue.
The tour includes snorkelling gear including wetsuits, safety equipment, sun protection and water, as well as snacks and hot drinks on the boat. They also have the added safety of propeller guards on their boats.
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Whale Swim Niue
Providing snorkelling tours for families or your private group, Whale Swim Niue is another fantastic option for snorkelling at those harder-to-reach spots in Niue.
Run by a local family who knows Niue’s waters inside out, Whale Swim Niue can show you some incredible snorkelling spots with the possibility of providing in-water whale interactions during the whale season. Your skipper, BJ, is one of the most experienced on the island – he’s on the water almost daily between whale tours and running his very popular fishing charter – and a professional divemaster, while your guide, Vanessa, has an ocean research background and a wealth of knowledge to complete your Niuean marine experience! What’s more, their Smuggler Rib boat provides a comfortable ride out on the water.
Although their main focus is usually whale tours, Whale Swim Niue can also offer snorkelling excursions on request. Mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits are provided.
[CLOSED] Magical Niue Sea Adventures and Buccaneer Adventures
Update: Magical Niue Sea Adventures and Buccaneer Adventures are now operated by Niue Blue (see above).
More About Guided Snorkelling Tours in Niue
That’s it for our guide to guided snorkelling tours in Niue. If you’re interested in snorkelling tours, you might also be interested in these experiences:
- The Guide to Scuba Diving in Niue
- 10 Best Water Activities in Niue
- The Guide to the Whale Season in Niue
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Guide to Snorkelling in Niue.