diving & snorkelling
Diving in Niue is easy yet rewarding with an interesting mix of caverns, caves, pristine coral walls and drop-offs to explore. Whether you are a frequent underwater visitor or just starting out, your dives in Niue will be unforgettable. Niue's greatest feature is its incredibly crystal clear water unlike anywhere else in the world, with visibility that can reach up to 100 metres and rarely falls below 30 metres. Mix all this with a wide variety of friendly marine life and you have a dive destination that you will want to explore time and time again.
As Niue is made entirely of porous limestone, it has no lakes or streams. This means that rain quickly filters through the island into the sea below, there is no sediment in the water and visibility (a diver’s favourite word) can be up to 100 metres. This clarity is ranked amongst the very best in the world and, with the warm water, makes for an exceptional dive experience!
Divers can explore caverns, caves, and chasms, that provide sanctuary to a huge variety of marine life. Niue’s pristine hard coral reefs are home to several endemic species and as you glide above them you’ll know you’re one of only a handful of people to dive these undisturbed sites and each have something unique about them.
Imagine being able to offer people the choice of small private beaches, swimming caves, coves and chasms where the likelihood of someone disturbing you is almost nil. Niue has dozens of these on offer for you to discover – and while you won’t be interrupted by people, you will be examined by the array of curious marine life!
Some of these hidden chasms were formerly reserved exclusively for ancient Niuean Kings, so they come with a rich history. Many of the areas are well equipped with information boards, picnic areas and are well signposted, so you can discover them with ease.
If you are daring you can explore the outer reef by snorkel - however do ensure that you have checked the weather and the tides before heading out. Guided trips are also available.
There are only a couple of rules to remember; never swim nude and don’t wear skimpy clothing or swimsuits in public; a couple of swimming areas are closed for just a few weeks each year to let unique fish spawn in peace, but there will be signposts to guide you. If in doubt contact the Niue Tourism Visitor Information Centre.
Snorkelling gear can be hired and reef shoes are recommended. A fun time of discovery is guaranteed.
To assist in your discovery of our snorkelling sites, click here to view a tide chart for the year.
Diving & Snorkelling Tour Operators
Buccaneer Adventures Niue Dive
Buccaneer Adventures Niue Dive uses high quality equipment, has an impeccable safety record and are SSI and PADI Instructors, capable of guiding novices to experts. SSI learn to dive courses are also available from Try Dive to Openwater, right up to Divemaster level. All equipment can be hired including underwater cameras. Their professional dive shop would also have to have one of the best views in the Pacific!
Recreational Scuba Diving
SSI and PADI scuba dive courses
SSI Scuba Rangers club for children 8 years and above
Snorkel trips with chance of Spinner Dolphin encounter
In water interactions with Humpback Whales - in season
Snorkel equipment hire
Stand up paddle boarding lessons and hire
Magical Niue Sea Adventures - PADI Dive Operation
Magical Niue Sea Adventures is a professional scuba diving operation affiliated with PADI. All their dive equipment is brand new and of a high quality. They conduct recreational dive trips, as well as PADI courses from Open Water to Dive Master Courses, including 6 Dive Specialty courses. They employ only experienced and skilful PADI instructors/Dive Masters, as safety comes before anything else. Magical Niue Sea Adventures do it right, do it safe, or don't do it at all!
Magical Niue Sea Adventures is offering:
Recreational scuba diving, including night dives.
PADI scuba dive courses
ReActivate program (a refresher for inactive divers)
Discover Scuba Diving (a try dive)
EFR (Emergency First Response - CPR and Medical First Aid course)
In water interactions with Humpback whales (July-October)
In water interaction with the Spinner dolphins (all year)
Educational snorkelling trips (up to 4 snorkelling sites a trip)
Under water scooter experience (from boat or shore)
Clear bottom kayaks
* All adventures are subject to availability and sea conditions.
Travel & Co (New Zealand)
Offering dive trips and packages from New Zealand.
Allways Dive (Australia)
Dive Adventures (Australia)
Offering dive trips and packages from Australia.