Alofi, Niue

2018 HAL World Cruise

Sunday, January 28, 2018

 

Niue is an island nation associated with New Zealand.  The people here are extremely private and independent.  When Captain Cook arrived in 1774, he received a less than cordial greeting and named the island not after England’s Prince Frederick as he originally intended, but “Savage Island” instead to reflect his impression of these descendants from Tonga and Samoa who had lived here for over 800 years.  The unflattering name stuck for nearly 100 years.  Then, from 1846 to 1900 Niue was administered by missionaries.  In 1901 it was taken over by Britain and handed over to New Zealand.  Niue became a sovereign nation in 1974.  Today, it is a highly religious country and for that reason, our ship needed special permissions to dock on a Sunday.  Normally, all businesses would be closed on Sunday but today a restaurant and the tourist information office opened in the afternoon for those of our passengers who were still on shore.  We consider it an honor to have had the opportunity to visit here!

The MS Amsterdam at anchor in Alofi, Niue.
The MS Amsterdam at anchor in Alofi, Niue.
The tender dock.
.The tender dock.
Walking thru Niue
Walking thru Niue
Now this is superb graffiti!
Now this is superb graffiti!
So is this.
So is this.
This, too!
This, too!
Government House
Government House
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This is the Makini Handcrafts Center. These folks are totally up-to-date when it comes to choosing a name!!
We were here on a Sunday.  Everything was closed!!!!
We were here on a Sunday. Everything was closed!!!!
Nice view.
Nice view.
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This is a coconut crab. They live in burrows at the base of cocnut trees and climb the trees to fetch the coconuts!
Coconuts
Coconuts
Returning to the tender dock.
Returning to the tender dock.
Lining up to return to the ship.  Another port day comes to an end.
Lining up to return to the ship. Another port day comes to an end.

Now a few sea days and then our New Zealand adventures begin in Auckland.

2 thoughts on “Alofi, Niue”

  1. It looks like you are having a great time. We have never been on a cruise of that length but might consider it. When we get older. Kind of like a rest home. Just kidding. We have been on many and enjoyed them all. The longest was only 2 weeks. How did you like the overwater bungalos in Bora Bora?

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    1. We had a great time in the overwater bungalow. It’s different. It’s relaxing. It’s expensive. But we’d do it again for an overnight. Maybe 2 nights max. Depends upon what activities are offered by the resort. We suspect the African safari coming up will be even more exciting. That’ something you’ve already done. Would you agree?

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