Cave & Reef Flat
Liku in located on
the East side of Niue. It is a cave, but at the same time
it is very small in length. We call it a big hole in the
rock with a huge mouth open to the reef flat. Anyway, Liku is
one of the easiest place to reach in Niue, because you can
go by car all the way until a few meters from the
entrance of the cave. To access Liku Sea Track, all you have to do is
take any road to the village of Liku, and when you get there you'll
see a very long white construction just beside the road,
with a large grassy area behind. It is a church and there
is some houses at the
far back. Now, at the left side of this building (church)
you'll find the entrance of a small gravel road that runs over the grass until the end.
Just follow it till the end and you'll
see the sign to Liku sea track. It is a little tricky to
find the track at the first time but after that, all you
have to do is just follow it till the end.
When the gravel
there is a car park area and a track down to the reef
flat. It is a very short track, may be 50 meters to the
entrance of the cave. Well, we've heard that the sunrise
in Liku is beautiful to be seen from the cave and we decided to check it out. We
woke up about 4:30 in the morning together with the roosters and
it was still dark. Got the road to Liku while the entire
Island was still sleeping except for some crabs happily
dancing on the empty road. On our way we noticed a sky
full of stars and decided to appreciate it turning the
car's lights off. Yes, living in the City makes us forget
how many visible stars the sky has and in Niue it was
enhanced by the isolation. Just fantastic.
we arrived in Liku
there were some clouds at the horizon and for a moment we
thought all the efforts were for nothing. Luckily the
clouds disappeared with the help of a gentle warm breeze
and despite not being the best we've seen in our lives it
was still gorgeous. After you leave the car park and take
the short track down, what you see is the opening of the back door of
a cave. There are some steep concrete stairs going down to the reef
flat and one must exercise caution because they are slippery
and short for your feet. As with all reef flats in Niue, the
the reef will depend on the tide and the size of the
waves at that moment. We were lucky to get in at the right conditions.
Remember that if you want to see the sunrise from the reef
flat, you must conciliate the time of the sunrise with the
time of the low tide and pray for good weather. It is not that
easy as it sounds to conciliate all these factors.
is nothing much to
do in Liku. The cave is short as described before, but the
area is beautiful. The cave also has some outrigger canoes
kept inside protected from the elements. The
best view is defiently from the reef flat which receives the swells
and winds from the Southeast. From there you can see in
the far distance bigger waves crashing against the rock
cliffs shaping Niue as it always did. There is one very
small rock pool on the reef flat which is deep enough to
enter and refresh from the heat. (photo - The tide is
already coming in, and waves started to wash the reef
flat. It is time to get out).
the sensation of solitude
makes you really feel in the middle of nowhere in the
Pacific Ocean. It is a good and peaceful sensation. We
visited Liku twice while in Niue, and the early morning
visit was for sure the best due the light. By afternoon
the cave will be in the shade.
|For a moment
clouds obstructed the sunrise in Liku.
reef platform seen from the top of the hill.
entrance of Liku Cave has concrete stairs going down to the reef flat
the first lights of a new day in Niue.
tide is low and the sea calm, you can go down
to the reef platform.
distance waves crashing against the rock cliffs
shaping Niue as it always did.
is even a small beach in Liku but without water.
rock pool just beside the cave is deep enough to
refresh you from the heat.