took us a while to
find the road to Anapala Chasm and the reason is simple:
From the village of Hakupu on the South East side of the
Island is where the gravel road starts, and it starts at
the side of the church. The problem was when we were there
the grass around the church was too high, so we couldn't
see the access. Anyway, if you drive over the grass at the
right side of the church you'll find the gravel road.
Also, the grass on the central part of the gravel road was
a bit tall and was brushing the chassis of the car. The distance is short and you have two options.
The first, is to drive all the way to the reef flat in
Tuhia-atua, or you can stop 100 metres before in a grassy and
shady parking area to get on the track to Anapala Chasm. Both
has a small open car park and from there, a short trail
leads to the reef flats. This part of the Island is
constantly washed by big swells and the spectacle of waves
crashing against the rocks is amazing to watch. These
rocks have pools inside filled with water from the waves
and it is beautiful to see many small waterfalls flowing
out of the polls when the waves retrieve. The reef flats can
be walked on during low tide and with clam seas but even so,
one must take lots of care and keep one eye on the tide
and another on the waves. It is a very nice place which
gives you a sensation of total isolation.
track to Anapala Chasm
is not too long, i'm taking about 20 minutes or so. It is a
very easy track, mostly inside bushes with some corals
around. Than you reach an end with very steep stairs going
down between very narrow walls which is the chasm. Yes,
the concrete stairs arent very wide and my feet couldn't fit
in them sadly. Anyway, the track has a chained guard rail which
you can grab for more security while going down. I don't recall
how many steps till the bottom, but there are many, probably 60
is a long way down the
chasm, in a king of Voyage to the centre of the Earth. In
wet days care must be taken due slippery and mouldy
surface, but don't worry, the chain is there for this. The
deeper you get, the less light can penetrate in the narrow
walls. Afternoon is better for light but there is one
short moment that the light penetrates and illuminate the
fresh water pool at the bottom of the chasm. Thankfully, there is
a pool to refresh down there, with cold water.
bottom is dark and narrow
but soon your eyes adapt to the darkness and you can see
the famous light at the end of the tunnel. The pool also
is between narrow walls and at first scary to enter, just
because you are still kind of blind. The water is
crystal clear, but again it takes a while to discover that.
Note in this photo, we are already standing in the
pool which appears dark at the bottom of the photo. Making
your way a little ahead of this tunnel you'll end up in a
larger and deeper section where you can bath. After that,
there is nothing else to do except go all the way back up
again. Looking up to the top of the chasm, the vegetation
and the environment is so beautiful that the way up
doesn't seems too tough. In reality we felt the way up
easier than the way down. Anapala Chasm is another great
place to explore in Niue.
reef flat - Photo taken with a camera suspended by
and Tuhia-atua reef flat - Photo taken with a
camera suspended by a kite.
car park at Tuhia-atua and track to the reef flat
- Photo taken with a camera suspended by a kite.
of Niue's Terrace and Reef Flat in Tuhia-atua -
Photo taken with a camera suspended by a kite.