When you're the world's smallest independent nation you're allowed to be different - and Niue (new-ay) is very different. Don't expect the standard Pacific island experience: you won't be relaxing on palm-fringed beaches here, because there aren't any. Leave your idleness at home and bring a sense of adventure instead.
Discover the mystery of the limestone chasms and caves accenting the island's rocky coast. Explore the underwater caverns and tunnels of the Pacific's most unique dive spots. Don mask and snorkel and lose yourself in the pools fringing Niue's reef, or go fishing in the dark indigo depths surrounding the island. From June to October witness humpback whales nursing their newborn calves off Avatele and Tamakautoga in Niue's warm waters. And after all this honest exercise, chill out with the friendly locals at cliff-top cafés and beach-front bars. The tiny population of Niueans and palagi (European) expats has always been friendly, so be prepared to trade waves with everyone as you drive around the island.
On 5 January 2004 Niue was devastated by Cyclone Heta - one of the biggest storms ever recorded in the Pacific. But the 'Rock of Polynesia' is now bouncing back and preservation of Niue's unique culture is being encouraged through the Taoga Niue (Treasures of Niue) programme. Getting to Niue is easier than ever, and energetic local entrepreneurs offer eco-friendly experiences for active travellers. Alone in the planet's biggest ocean, Niue remains defiantly and dramatically different.
Last updated: Mar 2, 2009
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