Niue is a raised coral atoll. It takes some getting used to when you arrive to accept that you have to be pretty careful where you place your feet. Coral isn’t exactly known for being flat.
Reef shoes are essential for time exploring the low-tide rockpools, and sturdy shoes for time spent on the many walking tracks…but be very careful if you stray off-piste…because coral also has plenty of holes in it down which you could fall.
In this post, I wanted to share some pictures of those coastline pools, because one advantage of the island not having any rivers is that there isn’t any silt to cloud the view (their fresh water is stored underneath the ground thanks to the 2.5m of rain per year).
Shy but curious sea snakes are easily visible, I was thrilled to see mantis shrimp (which have reputedly the most complex eyesight on the planet, and a mighty punch), many little fish hiding out, hermit crabs of all sizes, and all in water as clear as glass. Incredible.