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Matapa Chasm

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Address: Niue
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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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Incredible Swimming Spot

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
jmcf171
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Mount Isa, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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.

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Thank lynneandrew35
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 

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Thank DoctorFlo
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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461 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank PsychoSavager
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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!

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Thank Miss-Rotary
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Aliitasi S
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Whangarei, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

this is honestly one of the most beautiful places I have been to in my life, the history behind this spot of where the kings/royalty used to bathe is amazing. Just absolutely gorgeous.

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Thank auddiej
Auckland, New Zealand
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31 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

After walking through the bush you come across this quiet little spot - there was a bit of rubbish and untidiness but there had just been a cyclone so it is forgivable! It is surprisingly calm for how deep it gets in the middle and if you are brave enough you can climb up the cliff face and jump into... More 

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Thank David A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

Besides being a very safe swimming & snorkelling spot this beautiful chasm had an almost spiritual feel about it. Only a short, easy walk from the parking/picnic area but a world away from any hustle & bustle, (as all of wonderful Niue is), this magical spot has plenty of tropical fish to view in a setting that is unique. Its... More 

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