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Niue

Overview

Located just 3 hours north of New Zealand, in the South-West Pacific Ocean, is Niue. It is affectionately known as “The Rock of Polynesia” and is one of the largest raised coral islands in the world.

With its weathered coastline made up of lofty arches, gaping chasms, curious caves, enchanting rock pools and cosy swimming coves as well as its rainforests teeming with life, impressive limestone caves and one-of-a-kind geological structures, Niue is a veritable visual wonderland.

This small island has no sandy beaches, rivers or streams. However, it does have porous coral which filters the rain into the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, completely free of silt runoff. This natural filtration system allows the waters immediately surrounding the island to be crystal clear, where visibility often stretches as far down as 70 meters!

Snapshot

Niue enjoys a long, dry season from May to November with average daily temperatures of 26°C, dropping to 21°C overnight.
The wet and humid season is from December to April with temperatures averaging around 28°C and dipping to 23.5°C at night.

We recommend taking light, casual clothing and a light jacket for cooler evenings. However, please be aware that the country’s culture and religion call for a more conservative dress code. Please consider this if you are planning on participating in above-water activities.
Sunday in Niue is considered a day of rest and the majority of the population attends church in the morning and the evening on this day. Absorb yourself in the Niue culture by visiting a church service or spend the day exploring the natural wonders to be found on this beautiful island.

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Drinking water is from natural springs and rain water. It is recommended that you boil or treat water prior to drinking. A jug of drinking water is often supplied by hotels and bottled water is widely available.

Diving

Overview

The geography, water clarity, drop-offs, canyons and caves surrounding Niue make this location a dive photographers dream come true.

Fringing terraces, made up predominantly of hard coral, Niue has no sheltered harbours, with the seafloor dropping down to 4000 metres close to shore, there are a variety of dive sites to suit all levels of diving. Snake Gully is probably the most well-known dive site, teeming with meter-long sea snakes, schools of barracuda and painted crayfish. The caves, caverns, cathedrals and arches are also a sight not to be missed.

You will encounter reef sharks, barracuda, Maori wrasse, the comical anemone, surgeonfish, Moorish idol, regal angelfish, long-nosed butterflyfish, large fin bannerfish and the elusive aqua Ribbon eel.

Temperature

25 – 28°C 3mm or rashie

Dive Season

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

Dive Highlights

Snake Gully has an abundance of timid sea snakes measuring up to a metre long.

Regions

Niue - Alofi

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