Islander call it "The Rock", it means
"Behold the Coconut". Captain Cook got it
utterly wrong and dubbed it "Savage Island",
but it's best known as Niue, one of the
Pacific's smallest, friendliest and most
terrain of Niue consists of steep limestone
cliffs along the coast with a central
plateau rising to about 60 m above sea
level. A notable feature of this Island is
the number of amazing limestone caves both
under the ground and the sea, chasms, sea
tracks and unique geological formations.
Many caves are still being formed with
stalagmites and stalactites in all stages of
January 2004, Niue was hit by Cyclone Heta,
which killed two people and caused extensive
damage to the entire island, as well as
wiping out most of the south of the capital,
Alofi. After the cyclone many people moved to
New Zealand. Some of the little villages looks like
ghost towns with their run-down houses.
one of the world's largest coral islands.
But what a sad experience to see al the
destroyed corals from cyclone Heta.
is a submerged atoll, 9,5 km north-south,
7,5 km east-west, total 56 km2, located in
the Exclusive Economic Zone, 240 km southeast, of Niue.
A small part of the reef is only visible
during low tide, as a white sandy beach, 200
m long and 10 m wide. The lagoon reaches 11 m deep,
but the single entrance is only 6 m. Most of
it is under shallow water which has been the
cause of several fishing boats running
This was the
most special place that I have ever seen on
this planet. By the cruising book it's a
fair weather anchorage but this atoll
brought us shelter from a 50 knots storm.
The water was so crystal clear, that I
couldn't believe it's water. The sharks had
an absolutely unusual aggressive behaviour which I've
never seen before. This place was so
indescribable beautiful and uncanny at the same time.