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Matapa Chasm

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Address: Niue

Fresh cool water from a stream made this chasm a favorite swimming place...

Fresh cool water from a stream made this chasm a favorite swimming place for the kings of Niue.

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Great place at high tide

This is one of our favourite places to snorkel in Niue. The water is crystal clear like most of the spots around the island. Walk a couple of hundred metres from the road down a... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of our favourite places to snorkel in Niue. The water is crystal clear like most of the spots around the island. Walk a couple of hundred metres from the road down a lovely bushy track. The shallow end of the pool smaller children could paddle in. It has smooth rocks rather than sharp coral and it is... More 

Thank Lynley J
Sunshine Coast, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been here several times on this trip as it doesn't require to be wary of the tides. A pleasant hike in, under 5 minutes, and keep your eyes peeled as the chasm reveals lots of interesting things. The pool itself is fed with fresh water making the top metre much cooler than the lower salt water. If you're snorkelling... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

Reasonably easy walk in and amazing place to visit and have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in. Don't need to worry about the tides here, it is not affected

Thank Judave
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Matapa Chasm is incredible. After a short walk from the carpark, the chasm opens up in front of you, inviting you for a swim. Safe at any tide, warm fresh water mixes with the ocean and there are always hundreds of fish. There's a concrete area to place your belongings on, and rock walls to climb and jump off for... More 

Thank jmcf171
Mount Isa, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Awesome clear water, relaxing, swimming, snorkelling or jumping off the cliff top, my favourite (recommend to take some swimming shoes if you are game enough to jump off the cliffs, the rocks are so sharp), love, love, love this place.

Thank lynneandrew35
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The walk in to the snorkelling spot is a lovely stroll stroll through butterfly-friendly forest, and easy walk (I suppose there's a gentle slope but that's not obvious) and takes just 5-10 minutes. The snorkelling itself is a treat - easy to get into the water as you wade in on large flat rocks. Really interesting fish in the chasm... More 

Thank DoctorFlo
Southport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

After a 5 minute walk through the forest, you'll find yourself at the chasm. It's almost cut off from the sea, save for an occasional wave that makes its way over the boulders at the far end. It's really impressive and there are a lot of colourful fish beneath the water. Interestingly, the water lower down is actually warmer than... More 

Thank PsychoSavager
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

We had this place to ourselves when we visited which was awesome. The water is nice and deep and we saw some cool fish while snorkelling. It is very slippery as you get into the pool so be careful!

Thank Miss-Rotary
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Just a 10 minute walk down hill the view is worth it. As you walk down you can hear the booming clap of waves as it hits the out reef. Plant life is rich. When you see the chasm for the first time you are in awe with the view. It's like looking at an interactive photo. The high canyons... More 

Thank Aliitasi S
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

This is a very safe swimming and snorkelling spot that can be accessed at any tide. The short 5 mins walk through the bush is well worth it when you arrive at the chasm. It's quite wide and perfect for families. There is virtually no swell, and there is some shallow bits too. There is a big deep hole about... More 

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