On Sundays Niue shuts down. The locals all go to church and some things, like fishing, are forbidden. Most businesses are closed, though a couple of cafes do open, probably mainly for the tourists.
Washaway Cafe at Avatele (pronounced
ah vah sell ay) just south of Alofi is one exception. In fact, it is only open on Sunday afternoons.
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I had fish focaccia. The fish was a delicious Wahoo, the bread wasn’t too thick, and there was loads of salad and a hint of mayonnaise or something. Wahoo is a firm white fish, very filling.
All over Niue you see chooks running wild, along with numerous cats and dogs who all seem well behaved and well cared for.
beach at Avatele is small and consists of coral and limestone remnants. We didn’t snorkel there, but others told us they enjoyed the snorkelling very much and saw lots of fish.
Also open on Sunday afternoons is Vaiolama Cafe, which was next door but one to our accommodation. They do excellent Green Tea, superbly delicious chocolate cake and also a delicious Lemon Cake.
In the mornings, if you’re early enough, the Rockbak Bakery, on the road between Alofi and the Airport, sells delicious baguettes. Unfortunately when I visited on Sunday at around 7.15 am I was too late and they were pretty much sold out of everything. I guess I should have been there at 6.00 when they opened!
The great thing is that, apart from dining out or buying supplies, there’s plenty to see in Niue on a Sunday. There are sea tracks to explore, snorkelling spots to check out, and in the correct season, around July to September, whales and their calves to watch out for. On our first or second day there a pod of Spinner Dolphins cruised past our accommodation. Unfortunately, that was the only time we saw them.
If you’re in to nightclubbing or shopping then Niue isn’t the place to visit. On the other hand, if you enjoy fresh air, relaxation and friendly people, warmth, swimming, snorkelling or diving, making photos, reefs, whales, some excellent meals, then Niue is the place to be.