Friday, 25 May 2012

Niue

Talava Arches, Niue
Niue (pronounced New-ay) is a tiny  South Pacific island located 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) north-east of New Zealand. The land area is just 260 sq. kilometers and is known as "The Rock" to the approximately 1,400 inhabitants. Surprisingly there is quite a lot to see and do on Niue, especially if you love reef walking, cavingbiking, diving, golfing, whale watching or even if you just want to chill out. The great thing about Niue is that it is such a relaxing place and few tourists to compete with when visiting attractions around the island. There is stacks of great accommodation all on the west coast of the island and all within a short drive to the main town of Alofi. The food and local hospitality, like most of the Pacific Islands, is fabulous. Hiring a car or motorbike & driving around the island is delightfully easy, affordable and the best way to get to the many caves. Many people also visit Niue for humpback whale watching as it is one of the best places to see them migrating to warmer waters from July to October each year. 

Togo Chasm, Niue
 Togo Chasm
10 Things to Do on Niue
Small Cave, Niue
One of the many caves on Niue

  1. Visit one of the many caves especially Togo Chasm (see photo right)
  2. Walk on the reef at low tide or take one of the tours (make sure you pack reef shoes)
  3. Diving/Snorkelling
  4. Hire a bicycle and take a leisurely trip around the island.
  5. Play a round of golf (9 holes).
  6. Visit the Noni factory
  7. Visit a Sunday church service.
  8. Whale watching (take your binoculars although they quite often come close to shore).
  9. Go Fishing.
  10. Chill out & do nothing



Our Tips 

When taking photos in Niue -
  1. Make sure you always wear a hat, carry plenty of water & apply suntan lotion(30+).
  2. Take a tripod as the light in most caves is fairly dim 
  3. Definately take a Polarizing Filter for all your lenses
  4. Reef shoes for taking photos at low tide
  5. Consider taking some HDR images where contrast is high (see image below)
Canoe in a cave, Niue


Many of the images on the Niue Tourism website were taken by us when we were commissioned  by the SPTO (South Pacific Tourism Organisation) to provide images to assist in their tourism promotion. Visit our website to view more images of Niue.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing such a nice blog. Actually I found this while searching for Affordable Whale Watching Trips.

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    1. Thanks Agate. Niue is certainly an awesome place to visit for the whale watching.

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