“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

American in Niue, part 2

Limu Pools
The weather was gorgeous on Sunday. We attempted to find an inland cave, but were unsuccessful. We did find lots of big spider webs with huge spiders in them. I think the spiders may catch and eat butterfiles, because we saw lots of butterflies and large mummified prey in the webs. This definitely stopped us from off-road exploring.
Moving on to Limu Pools, we found we had this fantastic area to ourselves. This area is sheltered from the surf and so we snorkeled around for awhile. Because there is fresh water combining with the sea water, the visibility varied along with the temperature (the fresh water is cooler). We continued on to the starting point of the Matapa Chasm and Talava Arches, and ate our picnic lunch in the shade. We made a brief visit to the beautiful Matapa Chasm (in the photo below).We walked what felt like a long time to Talava Arches. The path there was over a lot of rough coral. We came to a cave which we had to walk through to get to the arches, and this was stunning. Crossing the reef at low tide to the sea cave on the other side of the arch, we explored inside. Two climbers arrived and climbed one of the arches, and this was impressive to watch. They said they’d come to Niue on their boat, and had been traveling since 2007. They requested that we take some photos of them, because their camera had broken. We copied them onto a USB drive and they copied them into their computer later. After our return back to Kololi's, we had a phone call from the dive shop to come and sort out gear for diving the next day.
Next post: scuba diving.