The population of one thousand and five hundred residents is too scarce for the area of the island, so the Niue Island is a destination with no crowds to interfere with your seclusion and privacy. The locals inhabit fourteen villages, while the rest of the island comprises the farmland and pristine tropical rainforest, registered as the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area.
The Nuie Island is not a hot tourist destination, but those, who happen to discover it on the map and head for the Nuie travel, might never feel disappointed due to countless specialties of the island. There are a few organized activities, but there are numerous things you can do yourself. Whale and dolphin watching are some of renowned tourist activities. The Niue Island is one of rarest places on earth, where whales inhabit so close to humans. They can be easily seen from the southwest coast or in the bays throughout each day between June and October.
Due to the reefs surrounding the Niue Island, there are no traditional sandy beaches, but there are several splendid swimming and snorkeling areas. Limu is a fabulous area with several pools and a picnic area, suitable for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. Matapa Chasm is a deep and long pool, circled by a steep cliff, wonderful for jumping into deep waters.
The Niue Island is also famous for a variety and sizes of caves, which are regarded as the most extensive and picturesque cave system in the South Pacific. The more interesting fact about the Niue Caves is that they are so numerous that used to be homes for most people until the mid-1800s. There are both land and underwater caves worth visiting and exploring.
The most amazing caves on the island are the Liku Sea Track & Cave, Palaha Cave and Talava Arches. The Liku Sea Track & Cave stretches about five hundred meters from Liku Village along the east coast of Niue. The area is filled with little sandy caves from five to fifteen meters long. The Palaha Cave is an amazingly colored, huge cavern that opens to numerous smaller caves and a beautiful pond. The Talava Arches is a giant cave, opening to the sea with a large pool decorated with huge stalagmites.
The Niue Island has no cinemas, casinos, shopping malls and other modern entertainment. However, there is an abundance of festive days throughout the year and a few nightclubs, welcoming visitors mostly on weekends (Friday and Saturday).
There are fourteen annual village show-day festivals, which are highly energetic and joyful, with a lot of dance, fabulous food, handcraft exhibitions and fairs. The Niue Island is famous for its traditional weaving, perhaps, the best in the Pacific, and you may buy hats, mats, bags and baskets, which are skillfully made of locally grown pandanus.
Diving is the last, but not the least, activity that brings joy to all senses on Niue. The water clarity and perfect visibility (up to seventy meters) allows to enjoy the most extraordinary underwater landscape. The PADI Instructors is the most professional dive operator in the Niue area and provides tours both for amateurs and high-skilled divers.