Niue's close encounters

Last updated 16:45 27/06/2013

EYE TO EYE: A Niue visitor gets acquainted with the locals.

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As wildlife encounters go, they don’t come much closer – or bigger.

The first humpbacks have arrived in  Niue, triggering an early start to the whale-satching season.

The Pacific Island is regarded as one of the world’s premier whalewatch spots and is one of only three countries where you can  swim with humpbacks or watch from shore – the first humpbacks were sightied just 100 metres off  Makefu.

Niue Island is on a humpback migratory path, so each year between July and October the island is fortunate to receive an influx of the gentle giants who calve and nurse their young in Niue’s deep, warm waters and sheltered bays.

Niue tourism development manager Hayden Porter says, “We are hoping this means it will be a busy season with many of these amazing creatures visiting our waters.”

The Matavai Resort also offers one of the best vantage points for landbased whale watching – guests can enjoy watching ‘whale gymnastics’ from the poolside with a cocktail in hand.

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