Niue - Profile
- The island of Niue is one of the world's smallest states, but the largest block of coral. Niue boasts amazing caves both under the ground and the sea, and the diving here is excellent.
- Lying on the direct route from French Polynesia to Vava'u in Tonga, Niue is a favourite stop for westbound yachts.
- Niue's mooring field is an open roadstead on the West coast, close to the main settlement at Alofi. Whilst it offers the best shelter on the Island, it is in an exposed position if the predominant Trade Winds change, with a westerly component.
- The undersea topography of the volcanic slope, coupled with fragile coral regrowing after Cyclone Heta in 2004, makes it essential for visiting cruisers to pick up a mooring ball.
- One must always keep an eye on the weather, particularly when visiting ashore.
- Take care on the approach to Alofi Bay as there are two Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) as you enter the bay. These are unlit. For more details see Alofi.
- Provisioning: The island has a small store with basic provisions and frozen meats. The amount of stock will depend on shipments to the island.
- In 2016 Niue Yacht Club celebrates its 25th Anniversary with over 3,500 yachts and 12,000 crew visiting Niue over the last quarter of a century. The NYC are reaching out to past members/visitors and friends of the Niue Yacht Club to assist in raising much needed funds for mooring work and are offering special "Anniversary Membership Cards". Find out more here.
There have been no security incidents reported here and it has almost no reported crime.
Niue has a tropical climate being in the SE trade wind belt. December to March are the wetter, more humid months, which is also the cyclone season.
A useful guide to South Pacific weather resources complied by a Noonsite contributor, Rory Garland.
For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.
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