Friday, March 4, 2011

Alofi, Niue

Tuesday, February 1, 2011    85 degrees                                7 AM – 2 PM

We had to take tenders into Alofi, Niue

Visas are not required. Alofi translates to “behold the coconut” the capital city of the Pacific Ocean nation of Niue. It is located at the centre of Alofi Bay on the west coast of the island, close to the only break in the coral reef that surrounds Niue. Alofi contains the world’s largest toothbrush fence. Niue is a place where crime is almost unheard of. Good to rent a bike to get around. Though self governing, Niue is in free association with New Zealand, and lacks full sovereignty. Queen Elizabeth II is Niue’s head of state. This is a maiden call at this tiny island, crossing the international date line.

There are 600 people living in this paradise where kindness and generosity seem to be genetically embedded, since the time of day is always wait-a-bit, and the pace of life renders the word “languid” completely inadequate. Dress conservatively when you step ashore in this strongly Christian community. Niue was discovered by Captain Cook in 1774 who called it Savage land due to the fierce appearance and hostile conduct of the Islanders. Besides some small industries processing passion fruits, lime oil, honey and coconut cream; the sale of postage stamps to foreign collectors is also an important source of revenue.

Niue, known as the “Rock of Polynesia”, is 1500 miles northeast of New Zealand. Niu e, translated as “behold the coconut”, regained use.

Bakery across from Commercial Center (internet) – ask for coconut bread. Island market Tuesday and Friday. One of the most important features is the wharf.

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