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See rugged limestone cliffs and swim in a deep ocean channel in this stunning region of geological landmarks and forest-fringed coastline.

Mesmerizing forest trails open up to reveal breathtaking canyons in Hikutavake, a pristine area of wilderness on Niue’s northern coast. Appreciate the powerful force of nature when you check out the region’s fascinating geological formations, such as magnificent plunge pools and limestone cliffs.

Begin with the woodland trail that leads down to the sea. You’ll hear the sound of breaking waves grow closer before you turn toward Matapa Chasm, an awe-inspiring channel gouged into the limestone. Bordered on either side by cliffs, the chasm is an idyllic spot for a swim. Clamber onto the surrounding rocks and jump into the ocean or pull on your snorkel and mask to spot glimmering schools of fish below.

Wander down to the Talava Arches to see more geological wonders. Unlike the chasm, the arches are exposed to the crashing of the waves, which have created a collection of captivating tunnels and bridges over time.

Visit at low tide and you can walk on the mottled golden reef beneath the arches. You might see crabs and crayfish dashing around the tide pools. It is not recommended that you enter the water here, as the big swell and jagged rocks make swimming dangerous. Take a moment to look out to sea and you might spot dolphins and whales in the open waters.

Hikutavake is a short and scenic drive from Alofi, the island’s capital. You can reach the area within a 10-minute drive and parking is free. Hikutavake is always open to visitors. Combine your visit to Hikutavake with a scenic trip around Niue’s northern coast.


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