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Dive Niue

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Map of MicronesiaNiue is one of the world's largest coral islands. This upraised coral atoll, affectionately known as “The Rock of Polynesia”, is situated in the south-west Pacific Ocean, just over 3 hours north of New Zealand.

The coral make up of the island and the surging Pacific Ocean has created a rugged coastline of soaring archways, deep chasms, cool caves, fascinating rock pools and intimate swimming coves. A fringe of coral reef clings to Niue’s sides before plunging to abyssal depths. 

As there are no sandy beaches, streams or rivers on Niue, the rain filters through the porous coral into the warm waters of the Pacific, completely devoid of any silt runoff. This allows the surrounding ocean to remain crystal clear with visibility often reaching up to 70 metres - wonderful for diving.

The interior of the island is the remains of a shallow lagoon and is therefore flat with lush, tropical rainforests rich in diversity of spectacular flora and fauna, bird life and butterflies are everywhere. The entire island is laced with a myriad of magnificent limestone caves and unique geological formations. Many caves are still being formed with stalagmites and stalactites in all stages of development. The bush tracks through the forests are not clearly signposted so it is essential to explore harder to find caves with a local tour guide who will provide an insight into their history.

Niue is a unique, unspoiled island destination. It is laid back, quiet and peaceful, an island for the explorer and adventurer and for those who want to relax in an un-commercialized environment among friendly people.

    Geographical Information

  • Niue Diving

    The island country of Niue covers an area of 269 sq. km. The island is almost completely surrounded by coral reef, except for a break in the reef near the capital of Alofi on the central, western coast. Two large bays at Alofi and Avatele indent the west coast. 60 metre high limestone cliffs along the coast protect a number of limestone caves and rise to a central plateau. There is a mostly sealed 64 km road that circumnavigates the island as well as inland routes leading from Alofi to the surrounding villages. On Niue there are no traffic lights!

    Getting there
    Air New Zealand services Niue with twice weekly flights from Auckland, New Zealand to Niue with connections to / from Australia. You will gain a day on arrival as you cross the International Date Line.


  • Niue Activities

    Whale Watching
    Every year (generally varying from June to October), the Humpback whales arrive in Niue’s waters to calve and nurse their young on their annual migration through the South Pacific. Niue is one of the few places in the world where you may be lucky enough to swim with humpback whales during this period.

    Niue is laced with caves ranging in size from wormholes to giant caverns. These systems formed the basis of ancient Niuean homes, food storage and burial places.
    Guided cave tours and expeditions are graded from easy to challenging dependent on visitors needs and abilities. The guide has extensive knowledge of the history and legends of the caves.

    Niue is legendary amongst in-the-know fishermen. The steep drop off to the abyss on the edge of the Pacific Plate provides fishing just metres off shore. Large predatory fish use Niue as a marker and stopover point. Big game and sport fishing are excellent.

    The main species targeted are Wahoo, Mahimahi and Yellowfin Tuna with Marlin also being taken. Boats are lowered by crane and trolling begins within metres of the wharf with no time taken up with getting to fishing spots. Saltwater fly-fishing can also be tried with lines cast close to the reef from off shore.

    Forest Walks
    A magical 3 hour tour exploring the depths of Niue’s marvellous rainforest is a must. As walking tracks are scarce a guided tour with a botanical expert is a good idea and will enhance your senses and knowledge of the ancient forest.

    Mountain Biking
    The mainly flat terrain and lack of traffic makes biking a relaxing and fun pastime. Ride the sealed roads to one of the many coral pools around the coast or go off road on trails through taro fields and tropical rainforests. Good quality and well maintained bikes can be hired from rental companies.

    Niue Golf and Sport Club
    A 9 hole golf course and 2 tennis courts are available. The course is a little underdeveloped but the clubhouse is well stocked and friendly. Clubs and rackets can be hired at reasonable rates.


  • When to Travel to Niue

    Niue has a warm and pleasant tropical climate with temperatures consistently ranging between the high 20’s during the day to the low 20’s at night (ºC).

    The wettest and hottest months of the year are from January to March.

    July to September is the best time to see the annual humpback whale migration.


  • Scuba Diving in Niue

    Niue’s isolated location, lack of rivers and porous make-up, provides stunning clarity with water visibility of no less than 40 metres. Great for underwater photography. Explore drop-offs, canyons and caves.

    The reef, predominately made up of hard coral, drops to around 40 metres, where it levels off for a short distance before heading off into the vastness of the abyss. There are numerous dive sites, some quite challenging.


    Snake Gully

    Snake Gully has an abundance of timid sea snakes measuring up to a metre long. They ascend to the surface for a gulp of air before returning to probe the crevices of the reef for food. Along with the usual reef dwellers you will encounter reef sharks, barracuda, Maori wrasse, the comical anemone, surgeon fish, Moorish idol, regal angelfish, long nosed butterfish, large fin banner fish, the crown of thorns starfish and the elusive aqua Ribbon eel.

    Spinner dolphins are in attendance all year. Every year, between June and November the migrating Humpback Whales are a common sight frolicking around and breaching close to shore.

    "The Chimney"

    Enter a hole five metres below the surface and drop down vertically through the 'chimney' reaching “the fireplace " at twenty seven metres. As you descend, the bubbles from the divers below drift pass, giving the feeling you are in space. Look up and you have a silhouette of the following divers. At the base you are in an arch from which you look out into the deep blue waters. The fireplace is a favourite haunt for crayfish.

    “Limu Twin Caves”

    This dive site is one of the further sites from the dive shop. However it is defiantly worth the trip.The dive is based around two large caverns in the reef flat dropping down from a shallow 6m down to 28m. As you make your way through the caverns you can encounter Nudibranchs, Juvenile Scorpion Fish, friendly Sea Kraits, Spotted Rock Cod and on occasions a Black Tip Reef Shark or a Napoleon Wrasse. This is a great dive for those that enjoy caverns and swim throughs but also has a variety of  marine life both large and small.


    There are several stunning in shore swimming areas and coral pools like Matapa Chasm and Limu that offer a gentle introduction to the marine world beyond the outer reef.

    The clear shallow waters with temperatures between 25 – 28°C, teem with colourful fish and living coral. You can snorkel around the rock pools, some formerly reserved exclusively for Niuean kings, for hours without growing tired or cold.

  • Hotels and Resorts in Niue

    Namukulu Cottages and Spa
    10 mins drive north of Alofi

    Budget: $$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: No
    Bar: No
    Restaurant: No

    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: Yes
    Gym: No
    Spa: Yes
    Onsite Dive Shop: No

    Scenic Matavai Resort
    10 mins drive south of Alofi

    Budget: $$-$$$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: No
    Bar: Yes
    Restaurant: Yes

    Wifi: Yes (charges apply)
    Onsite Shop: Yes
    Gym: No
    Spa: No
    Onsite Dive Shop: No

    Matavai Motel and Villa
    1.7km north of Matavai Resort

    Budget: $$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: No
    Bar: No
    Restaurant: No

    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: No
    Spa: No
    Onsite Dive Shop: No

Guide to Niue

  • General Details
  • Entry & Visa Requirements
  • Medical & Health Requirements
  • Currency
  • Baggage
  • Duty Free
  • Weather
  • Clothing
  • Electricity
  • Banking
  • Language
  • Religion
  • Water
  • Shopping
  • Tipping
  • Diving
  • Departure Tax

General Details

Niue is an isolated island located in the South Pacific between Tonga to the west and the Cook Islands to the east. Best known as 'the Rock of Polynesia', Niue is a perfect example of a 'raised atoll' island, the world’s largest single coral island. The international country code for Niue is 683. Niue is 11 hours behind of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Entry and Visa Requirements

(subject to change)
Australian passport holders do not need a visa to visit Niue for a maximum stay of 30 days. For other passport holders, please contact the appropriate authorities to check your entry requirements. An NZeTA may be required for travel via New Zealand - please check for the latest requirements.

Medical and Health Requirements

The island has it’s own hospital but in the event of serious injury med-evac is necessary. There is a 24-hour on-call emergency service available. It is recommended to have your hepatitis, typhoid and tetanus shots updated. Some medications can make you sun sensitive, so extra care must be taken to ensure that your skin is protected from sun burn. Please check with your physician for the best precautions to be taken. (For further details please contact Travel Vax on 1300 360 164).


The currency of Niue is the New Zealand Dollar. Visa is the only credit card accepted on the island.
1 AUD = approximately 1.03 NZD (August 2019)

Baggage (International flights Ex Australia)

Air New Zealand – 1 or 2 pieces max. 23kg per piece depending on airfare purchased 
(Subject to change without notice)  

Duty Free

The allowance is 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco, 3.5 litres of spirits, liquor or wine, 8 litres of beer (beer cans only - beer bottles will be confiscated by customs)


Niue enjoys a long, dry season from April to November with average temperatures of 24°C. The wet and humid season is from December to March with temperatures averaging around 28°C.


The emphasis is on light and casual clothing but not too brief in public places. Swimwear is not permitted in the public areas and nude or topless swimming or sun bathing will cause offence. Remember to cover up with light cotton clothing at dusk and dawn to prevent mosquito bites. Sun protection is absolutely essential. A light sweater may come in handy during the cooler months of June, July and August.


240 volts AC, Plug I – same as Australia. 
(For further details refer to  http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ ).


There is one bank in Niue, Bank of South Pacific. They can arrange credit card advances on Visa, however this may incur a surcharge. It is recommended to bring New Zealand Dollars with you before travelling to Niue.  There are no ATM’s located on the island. Banking hours are 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday.


Niueans are fluent in both Niuean and English.  


Sunday is a day of rest on Niue. The Sabbath is still taken pretty seriously here. Most attend church in the morning and afternoon. People are still permitted to take part sightseeing and go for a swim, however certain activities like boating and fishing are not permitted.


Drinking water is from natural springs and rain water. It is recommended that you boil water prior to drinking.  A jug of drinking water is often supplied by hotels and bottled water is sold everywhere. In the tropics it is important to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration.


Niue has a small selection of supermarkets, general stores, restaurants and cafes. The Niuean woman are highly respected for their craft of quality weaving. There is no public transport system on the island however cars, motorbikes and mountain bikes are available for hire to get around. General shopping hours are 09.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday. Some shops open on Saturday mornings.


Tipping isn't expected or encouraged.


The isolated location and lack of rivers results in stunning visibility, usually reaching over 40 meters with water temperatures between 25°C to 30°C. Niue is a true underwater photographers dream. You will be able to explore magical drop-offs, canyons, caves, tropical sea life and corals. It is also possible to snorkel with humpback whales between July to October. A 3-5mm suit is recommended. Dive operators supply tanks, weight belts and dive guide services. There will be an extra charge if equipment hire is required.

Departure Tax

A local tax of NZ$34 is payable at the airport in Niue for all travelers.