Niue Cave Tour Photo Gallery
Written by Cathy Siegismund
Tali and at the entrance to his first cave
The crews of Layla, Rainsong, Felicity, Altair, Velella, and Sunbow had
reserved a half-day cave tour with Tali. Tali and his daughter led us on tours
of two of his cave systems. The first cave was Ulupaka Cave. The tour lasted
about 2-hours as we crawled through the cave system.
The entrance to the first cave is marked by the human bones
of an ancient Polynesian burial site
The following are pictures from Ulupaka Cave
Stalactites in Ulupaka Cave
Photo from Wendy Hinman
Tam, Ken and I ready to go caving
Ceiling covered with stalactites
Spooky black pool that was home to some cave
Ken and Tali by a huge column of limestone
Stalagmite formation that looked like a huge
The limestone formations resembled melted wax
We all passed the claustrophobia test as we had to wriggle our
way through the 'keyhole'.
Vernita, Jason, and Garth all navigating the
Suzette carefully picking her way though the
After our exploration of the first cave, we took a break on some
benches and Tali provided fresh coconut milk.
Judith & Ken from Sunbow, Suzette and Wendy
muddy but enjoying a refreshing coconut drink
Drew & Vernita sharing a coconut
The next cave we visited, Tali had just opened in 2000. He
called it the Alien Cave. We're not sure how much of it was the power of
suggestion, but the second cave did have a spooky, Sigourney Weaver feel to it.
Entrance to the second cave
Roots growing in the cave connected a
stalactite and stalagmite
Large cavern in the Alien Cave
Hollow stalactites that sounded like drums when
they were tapped with stone
Paul very carefully watching the stalactites
We all managed to escape Tali's caves with no more than some
dirty clothes and a few bumped heads
Tali provided us with a nice lunch of sandwiches and fresh fruit
as well as bottles of water and bars of soap to try and scrub off the black
fungus that covered our hands and legs.
Although we had only signed up for a half-day tour; Tali, who is
very proud of his island, insisted on showing us some more of the sites.