If you plan your arrival to Niue with that of the annual Humpback Whale migration you may well get the opportunity to experience something that very few people in the world can say they have done….swim with the whales. Generally from July to October each year Humpback whales arrive in Niue’s waters to calve and nurse their young.
Niue is one of only a handful of places in the world where you are allowed to swim with the whales. Mother nature of course doesn’t guarantee an experience so whale interactions are strictly dependent on the whales being around, within range, settled and the weather conditions being safe.
For those not so keen on the swim these gentle giants can be viewed from the land at dedicated viewing areas where their gymnastics provide a spectacular show sometimes only 50 metres from shore.
Niue is a signatory to the South Pacific Whale Sanctuary and fully supports the conservation of whales so all interactions are conducted from a distance that respects their privacy and your safety.
If you're lucky enough to be in Niue when the whales are there it’s common for diners at the Matavai Resort to watch the whales performing from their table. At night, you can sometimes hear the whales slapping their giant fins against the water and you may even be kept awake by their calls….unlike anywhere else in the world, they can come that close.
Organised viewing or swimming tours can be arranged - self guided experiences are not allowed. Whale interactions are very dependent on mother nature so if you don’t get to see them close up don’t be disappointed… you will still have a great time on the water with some spectacular coastal views.
There are 3 tour operators that offer whale watching trips and only 1 that offers in water whale interations:
Buccaneer Adventures Niue Dive
Buccaneer adventure Niue Dive is a registered SSI and PADI store owned and operated by Shannon and Krystal Hunter. Whether you want to embark on an underwater tour with Scuba Diving, Freediving or explore the outer reef’s wide assortment or marine life while Snorkelling. BAND are the only operators in Niue which offer in-water interactions with Spinner Dolphins and the Humpback Whales.
Shannon and Krystal Hunter
Tel - +683 4311
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Fish Niue Charters
Manutahi (seabird) is a 6.3 metre stabicraft purpose built for Niue’s waters offering a range of options customised to your needs. Our vessel complies with Niue’s safety requirements and carries all appropriate safety equipment.
Your local skipper BJ Rex is a certified PADI Divemaster and certified whale watching guide.
Tel - +683 5697
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Niue Sport Fishing Charters
Well appointed 659 Stabicraft Supercab powered by a 150hp Yamaha for a smooth ride. Skippers have NZ Maritime ILM qualifications. Available also for scenic tours.
Tel - +683 4684
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Niue Whale Research Program
The familiar faces of Olive Andrews, Ben Parangi and Fiafia Rex are returning to Niue this September to continue Niue’s whale research program, but they need a bit of help in order to do so. To find out more about the project and how you can possibly assist please click on the following web link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-niue-whale-research-project
The Niue Whale Research Project is a partnership between local and international researchers who volunteer their time and expertise to help the tiny island country of Niue to protect some of the world's most endangered whales.
Any donations will be deeply appreciated and acknowledged.
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