The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Niue
The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Niue

The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Niue

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What You Need to Know About Spearfishing in Niue

The excitement of freediving for pelagic whoppers vividly seen through crystal clear waters is unmatched in Niue. If you’re serious about spearfishing, then you need to give spearfishing in Niue a try. This island in the South Pacific might be small but it’s home to big game. Learn more in this complete guide to spearfishing in Niue.

Why Spearfish in Niue?

  • Niue’s waters are ranked among some of the clearest in the world, with visibility between 30m to 80m (100-260ft)
  • There’s the opportunity to spear pelagics of all shapes and sizes including wahoo, mahimahi, dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna and marlin
  • The water is warm with water temperature not venturing too far from the 27°C (80.5°F) mark
  • There are spearfishing FADs and drop-offs into the blue water only around 100m to 600m from shore!
The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Niue(c) oso243 on Flickr

What Fish Can You Spear for in Niue?

To keep Niue’s fish population sustainable, there are strict rules in place for fishing in Niue. Visitors to the island can only spearfish with a licensed fishing charter, which means that spearfishing in Niue is almost always for targeting large pelagic fish.

Some of the game fish species usually successfully targeted in Niue include:

  • Wahoo
  • Mahimahi
  • Dogtooth tuna
  • Yellowfin tuna
  • Marlin (if you’re lucky)

Learn about Niue’s trophy fish in What Types of Fish Can You Fish For in Niue? Note that spearfishing from shore in Niue’s surrounding reefs is strictly prohibited.

The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Niue(c)

When is the Best Time for Spearfishing in Niue?

With clear warm waters all year round, there is never really a bad time to go spearfishing in Niue. However, if you are targeting a certain species, then there are certainly better times than others. For instance, the best seasons to target some of Niue’s top game fish are the following:

  • Wahoo – winter
  • Mahimahi – winter
  • Yellowfin Tuna – summer
  • Dogtooth Tuna – summer
  • Marlin – fringes of summer

For more details on the fishing seasons, see What is the Best Time of Year for Fishing in Niue? Plus, learn more about Niue’s climate in What are the Seasons in Niue?

The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Niue(c)

Spearfishing Charters in Niue

Niue offers a small but excellent range of fishing charters with local Niuean guides who have 20-30+ years spearfishing experience behind them. They have the boats, safety gear, refreshments and knowledge for an epic morning or afternoon out on the water. All you need to do is to bring your gear and a sense of adventures.

Fish Niue Charters

Fish Niue Charters run two fishing vessels ideal depending on your group size, a 6.3m Stabicraft and an 8m catamaran workboat. They have all of the necessary safety equipment on board for a specialised fishing charter to Niue’s spearfishing FADs.

Niue Fishing Charters

Offer spearfishing charters for all skill levels, Niue Fishing Charters takes you out to 10-15m coastal drop-offs, as well as FADs some 600m from shore. They can offer an in-water guide in most cases and all the equipment from their 7.3m Stabicraft 2400 Supercab.

Paul Pasisi Charters

Paul offers more than 30 years of fishing experience in Niue’s waters onboard his custom-built open hardtop pontoon boat. He offers four-hour spearfishing trips to your requirements.

Learn more about these fishing charters in The Best Spearfishing Charters in Niue.

The Complete Guide to Spearfishing in Niue(c) Pixabay

What Gear Do You Need to Bring?

Due to the specialised nature of spearfishing, most spearfishing charters in Niue require you to bring your own gear. However, Niue Fishing Charters can organise a gun, weights and a weight belt on request, while other charters can usually just provide the weights.

Spearfishing Gear for Niue

  • Spearfishing gun – a larger gun with a minimum of three rubbers is recommended
  • 35l float
  • 75ft bungee
  • 75ft hard line
  • Weight belt
  • 3mm wetsuit or similar
  • Fins
  • Snorkel and mask

Other Things to Take on a Spearfishing Trip

Light refreshments and drinks are usually provided with the fishing charter.


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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