Measuring 264 square kilometers, Niue Island is one of the smallest coral islands and self-governing states in the world. It is a standalone, isolated island located east of Tonga, northeast of New Zealand, west of Cook Islands, and South of Samoa. It is one of the most pristine islands in the Pacific and is a perfect getaway for adventurous travelers, divers, or simply those who want to relax and take some time out in a secluded, uncommercialized place.
Known as the Rock of Polynesia, the island, which is an uplifted atoll, offers travelers a different kind of vacation and adventure. Niue Island may not be considered a tourist hotspot. However, since it is a tropical island, it can also offer a lot of charms and captivating scenes.
White sandy beaches that are lined with coconut palms are not very common on the island; although its vast seas and oceans are perfect for snorkeling, diving, and swimming. The island is protected from the surging effects of the seawaters by its terraced limestone reefs.
What are really considered the biggest attractions of the island are not its coastlines and magnificent seas, but rather its unique caves and chasms with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. One of the most popular caves is the Avaiki Cave located on the western part of Niue. The cave was used as shelter by early people during the 13th and 15th century. It features breathtaking dripstone formations, with giant stalactites hanging over a pool. Meanwhile, the pool, with its lucid water is like a giant aquarium that houses a good number of marine species.
Meanwhile, Ana Mahaga Underwater Cave is perfect for divers and adventurous individuals. This underwater cave is located in the northwestern part of the island. Divers enter through one of the vertical chimneys, diving deeper into the ocean until they reach the cave.
Another attraction on the island is the Matavai Resort, which is located on a sheltered side of Niue, on a cliff top, providing a captivating glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. The resort features state-of-the-art accommodation and amenities with fully-furnished rooms, all of which offer a breathtaking view of the ocean. Among the activities that can be done include swimming, diving, mountain bike riding, and nature walks.
For travelers who want to explore the island more, the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area is a great place to go to. Occupying 20% of the island’s total area, this unspoiled tropical rainforest teems with different species of flora and fauna. The rest of the island is made up of virgin rainforest and farmland.
With its seas and oceans teeming with diverse species of corals, fish and sea snakes as well as its fine coastal limestone crevices, coupled with friendly and accommodating islanders, Niue is indeed the island of fun and adventure. Located 19 degrees south of the Equator, Niue Island has a tropical climate with an average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. The island has only two seasons: the dry season during the months of April to November and the wet season during December to March. To get to the island, travelers take Air New Zealand that flies from Auckland and vice versa once each week.