Exploring the World's Smallest Nation

Arriving in Niue for a Relaxed Break

I had never even heard of Niue before we planned this trip so it was a great surprise to find this little independent coral limestone island not too changed from when Capt. Cook first came across it in 1774.

There is no surrounding coral lagoon, so not much protection from the seas for visiting boats, and as I write this we are pitching around like a cork in a swimming pool full of children, except that we are actually attached to a Niue Yacht Club (NYC) mooring!

There aren't many people on the island anymore (approx. 1,300) but all of them without exception, wave and smile as they go by.

Whales and their babies swim round the island playing and feeding in water with a staggering 200 ft. visibility, and most of the island is a swiss cheese of incredible caves and chasms for your own personal Indiana Jones adventures, so all in all a very cool place.

There is only one flight a week, which comes in from New Zealand bringing tourists and some supplies, but the main provisions come in on a supply ship which normally arrives every 5 weeks. But there has been some sort of mechanical problem requiring an obscure part from far away, and the ship and its much needed supplies is now an uncomfortable 3 weeks late, and horror of horrors, the beer has run out!

But the ship is rumored to be arriving in the next day or so, and even I'm getting a bit excited to see what treasures it shows up with. Despite the lack of beer, folks here seem pretty relaxed about the situation, but I guess you get used to life's predictable unpredictability when you live on a little rock in the middle of the Pacific.

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