With a population of just over 600 people, Niue's humble capital, Alofi, is home to much of the island nation's industry, its government and the only bank in the country. The area is marked by steep limestone cliffs, coastal caves and the beautiful Alofi Bay. 2004's Cyclone Hete caused extensive damage to the southern half of the city, but essential services such as the hospital and government buildings have since been rebuilt in more protected locations.
Restaurants in Alofi
5 based on 281 reviews
Our Niue Orientation Tour is a 4 hour minibus journey to a cove, a cave, a chasm, cliff tops, & snorkelling spots. We provide a resource pack to help you plan each day of your holiday so you will be in the "right place at the right time" for your safety and enjoyment;
This tour allows you to get an in depth understanding of Niue and all it has to offer before you set off on your own exploring the many wonderful points of interest. Your guide, affectionately known as "Commodore Keith", will arm you with a huge amount of knowledge, wit and an appreciation of local customs. This is a "Must Do" tour.
Thanks again Keith
5 based on 69 reviews
Magical Niue is offering the following adventures: SCUBA DIVING,PADI dive courses, Whale watching, Snorkeling with whales/dolphins, Educational Sea Tours with/without snorkelling,Underwater Scooter Experience, Clear Bottom kayaks, Touring Sea kayaks,and the Sub-wing experience. Magical Niue is dedicated to providing the best customer service possible.
We booked a private tour with Magical Niue and so very glad we did. Turned out to be one of the most magical days of my life. We were picked up form our boat and quickly made our way out of the bay as a whale mother and calf had been sighted. As we sped along we were given instructions as to what we must do in the water and what to expect with a full after briefing.
Soon enough we were in the water looking down into thousands of feet of deep blue water so peaceful, then out of the deeps the shape of the whale began to emerge, a huge mother with her baby resting on her nose.
Clearly the mother was comfortable with our presence ash she often slept whilst her baby frolicked around at one point heading straight for us out of curiosity. The mother gently guided her baby away to a safe distance but remained within 15m of us.
We had to get in and out of the water so as not to stress the whale but we had plenty of time to observe and enjoy this precious experience. We felt so lucky and privileged to have been immersed in the whales nursery world. During out times back in the dinghy Rami gave us lots of information about the Whales and answered all our questions very fully.Clearly his passion and years of experience make him the perfect guide.
With this incredible experience behind us we got back into the water and held onto ropes as we were pulled through the water with a large pod of spinner dolphins- as if the day hadn't been exciting enough.
To finish our afternoon we went snorkelling in several caves and chasms and saw our first water snake then swam with a beautiful turtle.
Wow what a day!
Rami is a true professional along with his assistant who's name we forget. Gentle guidance and clear instruction at all times helped us to feel confident and relaxed in the water.
A wonderful experience and would highly recommend Rami and Magical Niue
5 based on 32 reviews
We were told at our hotel orientation about being able to swim with Spinner dolphins while being dragged along at the side of a small boat which sounded like a fabulous way of getting into deeper water safely. We had missed humpback whale season so the dolphins sounded like a great activity.
After a short safety briefing and intro on shore, getting into a wetsuit and being fitted for fins and snorkel gear, you are taken on a short drive to Avatele to put the boat in the water using the boat winch. You then head out to the open water on the boat (max of 6 people) and head up the west coast, receiving some information as you go about the sea and shoreline. When you first spot the dolphins, the boat is manoeuvred close so that the dolphins can play alongside it; and then you get into the water and hold on as the boat moves along with the dolphins just in front of you! Awesome!
Words can't really describe how clear the water is, with at least 50m of visibility just off shore. It was like being in a David Attenorough TV programme. Truly memorable, and once the dolphins have scooted off, you can then go snorkelling in deeper water which was fabulous too.
Tago, who conducted our tour, with just the two of us, was excellent and we enjoyed it from start to finish. Something we will never forget. Brilliant!
4.5 based on 48 reviews
A lovely little gem of a beach right in the town. Park on the roadside and make your way down. Depending on the state of tide you may need some footwear such as reef shoes. Bring your snorkel gear as there are plenty of fish about.
Check out the tides if you want to swim can be quite a surge.
3.5 based on 102 reviews
This is a donation based attraction on the east coast of the island consisting of modern art installation making use of discarded items. Visitors are encouranged to add to the main piece and it is always evolving.
A welcome stop with a quick insight into the modern culture.
4.5 based on 19 reviews
The historic location where Captain Cook attempted to land in the 1700s.
We happened across this lovely spot, went out on the point and spotted a large pod of spinner dolphins. Stunning. We then went down the boat ramp and had a decent snorkel in the sea there. Crystal water with a variety of fish. People who were getting out had found a large octopus which eluded us sadly. had to watch the current but it was a nice place to be in the water. Like a lot of Niue water it has fresh and salt water which can be cold and makes a weird shimmer in the water when snorkeling.
4 based on 30 reviews
Great spot on Niue, everyone seems to pop in here every day. Great spot to see the boats come and go, the fishermens catch and meet lots of others. The water is full of fish here which readily accept offerings of food like bread...bit like feeding ducks in a pond. Great views of the shore reef and yacht moorings, with the bonus of spotting a whale or two close by. Also a place to fish and see some of the reefs most spectacular fishes, even spot the occassional shark swimming around.
Gets a bit crowded at times and open to any wind.
4.5 based on 11 reviews
Museum itself is quite small since moving up from coastline but certainly some interesting artefacts. Met one of the locals running the museum who was very informative.
There are also some excellent books on history of Niue worth having a glance at while there which are likely out of print. We probably spent more time Reading these than anything as they were quite fascinating.
All up worth a quick visit and a donation for your time if you're going all the way out to Niue already!
4.5 based on 8 reviews
This was my first visit to Niue & Ekalesia Church was only a few minutes away from where I was staying in Alofi from 07/02/14 to 21/02/14, I wanted to photograph & film the church service [with permission], it was a hot humid Sunday morning & sat outside for 30 minutes from 9:30am talking to the priest ministers & worshipers, many cars parked close to the graves. The locals were arriving dressed in their Sunday best clothing with some women wearing beautiful decorative hats. Most of the service was in the local language & it was just nice to experience the atmosphere, the service started at 10am & I stayed for 30 minutes clicking away with my camera & using my video cam. If you walk down to the side of the grave yard your able to take some amazing pictures with the ocean views & the wharf area.
3.5 based on 12 reviews
The Commercial Centre of Alofi is very small which is understandable for such a small population. The only problem most tourists found is that not all the stores are open when they should be- Island time I guess. The stores could have been a little more attractive to visitors also- handicraft store/ souvenir store with not much in them. Good for the pocket- the only thing I bought as a souvenir was some stamps, a Niue drivers licence and one woven basket which came from a weaving group- not the centre.
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