Our Experience Snorkeling in Niue, South Pacific
by James Ratzloff
(Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA)
I wanted to share my experience snorkeling in Niue in the South Pacific. I expected the snorkeling would be good there because of the clear sea water. It was, but I enjoyed the beauty of the tropical rain forest almost as much. Niue is a wonderful place to visit if you love nature.
When snorkeling there, be aware that the currents in the sea can be very strong. More than once I had to grab on to dead coral to keep from being pulled out to sea. No one is watching, so once you are gone, you are gone.
Also, the fresh water that seeps out from the coral can create a very cool layer on top of the seawater, known as a halocline, at many of the beaches. I would recommend a 3ml wetsuit or spear diving suit. When you freedive down, you can feel the water go from cold to warm. The top layer of freshwater clouds your photos.