Alofi is the capital of Niue, but it’s a village — one of a dozen on the island. Opposite the Police Station is the Crazy Uga cafe (pronounced roughly oonga, it refers to a large coconut crab). Next to the cafe is one of Niue’s many sea tracks, Uluulu i Utuko.
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In the 10 days we spent in Niue I made a point of visiting many of the Sea Tracks. Each was a bit different, though most featured the reef at the bottom of the track, and local vaka (outrigger canoes) used for fishing.
The Sea Tracks all also seemed to have a clean public toilet, outdoor shower and a tap with drinking water as well as a rubbish bin. Niue is a clean and tidy place, where locals and visitors take pride in its appearance.
Most sea tracks, at least on the west coast, are around 200 metres long, and terminate in either reef, or occasionally a tiny beach.
There are always interesting things to look at though, whether it’s reef, fossils, cliffs, caves, fish, or just the view across the ocean.
Some tracks were a bit treacherous — they all have to be cut out of the coral and rock. A couple terminated in concrete steps I wasn’t game to descend. If I’d misplaced a foot I could easily have tumbled onto sharp reef and whatever seas were below. In one case the sea was rather stirred up by wind and currents.
Hala Tahi Omahi is almost opposite Niue Rental Cars. At the bottom are steep steps I didn’t go down as if I’d slipped I would have gone down in a heap into the sea.
However there was something happening down there and I tried to take some photos. As the sea washed over or up against the bottom steps small fish would be left behind. They’d flap around across the stone and then be washed off again. The folks at Niue Rentals said they would be Rockhoppers.
I wasn’t able to visit all the sea tracks, unfortunately. There are a couple on the east coast that are two or more kilometres long too. But the ones I did visit were all interesting, each in its own way. And I have to leave something to do on our next visit to Niue …