jason wynn cave exploring in Niue

Scariest Cave Of My Life!

We’ve been on this rock for two days and we’re in love.  We would stick around for months but, there’s a westerly storm headed this way and Niue is one of the least protected anchorages in the South Pacific.

The island nation of Niue isn’t a soft tropical landscape like its distant neighbors.  Completely exposed to the sea, there’s no barrier reef to calm the swell before it reaches the island.  It’s a massive chunk of limestone and uplifted coral with sharp edges, gaping holes, caves, and caverns.

It’s the kind of place that demands thick soles and some grit.  It pokes at your curiosity and rewards those willing to plunge into the dark shadows.

Sadly, we have less than 48 hours to explore as much of this rugged island as we can.  Not wanting to squander our precious time, we decide to take on the island’s most extreme caves.  One above water and one below.  Spoiler alert (as if the title hadn’t already given it away) it’s also the scariest cave of my life.

So, if winding through a maze of roots, scaling rocks and duck diving into black holes is your kind of adventure, this one is for you.

Talk about facing fears and reaping rewards!  We’ve been into a lot of caves over the years but never anything quite like that…especially on our own.

If you didn’t gather from the video, I have a few demons to conquer.  I have some PTSD when it comes to spiders and the dark…we’ll who isn’t a little afraid of wandering down an unfamiliar dark path?

spiders of the south pacific in Niue

spiders of the south pacific in niue

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giant coconut crab in Niue in the south pacific

nikki wynn climbing down into the scariest cave in the south pacific

jason wynn cave exploring in Niue

secret cave in Niue in the south pacific

Bubble Cave

We’ve been following Jordan and Nate’s underwater adventures for a couple of years now.  I stumbled upon their YouTube channel (Expedition Drenched) when we were researching dive spots in the Carribean.  They have a huge love for the ocean and they’re simply nuts over scuba.  I loved their vibe right off the bat.  So, finally connecting and getting to experience such a unique dive together was priceless.  But our time together isn’t over just yet.  We’re all running from the same storm and following the trade winds.  We’ll catch up with them again in Tonga.

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bubble cave scuba dive adventure in Niue

Scuba Diving Bubble Cave, Island Nation of Nuie

Nikki Wynn scuba diving bubble cave adventure in Niue

While we didn’t snag any photos, we did capture the Katuali sea snake on video…which was pretty freakin’ fantastic.  Niue is the only place in the world to see the Katuali and it was our very first sea snake encounter…and our first cave dive.

Soo…after all of this, Niue has inched it’s way up to be one of our all-time favorite destinations.



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  • Date: July 2019

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (31)

  • Norman Frenk

    gorgeous! for many, your video may be the only way they can see this place, so thanks for sharing!!

  • George

    Thank you for this fabulous adventure! You two are a remarkable couple and a breath of fresh air in this chaotic world. To have a dream and make it come to fruition is truly uplifting for those of us not able to pursue such adventures. Best regards in all you upcoming challenges.

  • Ann

    This one was truly epic – thanks for making it a good long one :). Man, super refreshing to watch as I get ready to head off to work on a chilly grey Philly Monday!

  • Michael

    A truly beautiful adventure. Very clear water indeed.

    By the way, what is that funny noise that shows up in the video three times? The last one is at 23:01.

  • Terry

    Love the adventure but want the two of you to be safe. Caution Will Robinson.

  • John

    Aloha- I spent a week on Niue. It’s incredible. Found a house, that was like new for 40 bucks a night on the cliffs. Free bikes, free car to use…
    And the owner took us to a cave.
    We needed shoes, flashlight…and snorkel mask, snorkle. I don’t remember any ropes, we started at bottom of cliff, and had to swim underwater to get to the first part of cave. Then a real long narrow underwater swim into main part of cave. It was nuts. We were in there for like 3 hours constantly climbing gradually up, if u slip, u fall down 30, 40, maybe 100. And have fun getting rescued in the middle of that cave( forgot name) then we popped out in the middle of the forest , surrounded by 100’s of coconut crabs. They said he found it and only takes in it a few times a year, coz it’s pretty scary.
    I walked on a wing of a plane, and that wasn’t scary at all( a little)
    That cave was insane. Tons of amazing snorkeling, but the one dive shop was closed for a few weeks. So no luck there.
    Only way to get there for me was to fly from Tonga to Samoa , stay for 3 days to get the one plane a week to Niue. Tonga, Fiji all pretty amazing, but Niue is so unique. Go!

  • Theresa

    I was friggin crazy creepy scared watching from the safety of my recliner in our motorhome! Yikes!! Great video! You’re both so brave, I don’t think I coulda done the hike or swimming into caves! Between huge spiders and snakes………just holy smokes yikes!

  • Bryan Curley

    Looks awesome! However, I’ll make sure NOT to show this to my claustrophobia wife haha

  • Gail Mackiernan

    Most disappointed that our cruise ship decided we were not able to land at Niue last month, due to wave swell (this from a ship’s boat, or tender.) Actually it would have been fine for normally agile folks – but dangerous for anyone not steady on their feet. So they had to use an abundance of caution. We had a car hired and were ready to explore the rock – especially for its wildlife.

    Maybe we will get there some day…😥

  • Steve Nicholls

    Read a comment that Cleo had crossed the rainbow bridge under this clip. So sad if true. Did she? I saw no hint and hope not. Please clarify Nikki and Jason. Please. Cleo is a sweetie, and I know she matters to you and would get her own obituary when she does cross the bridge, but that hasn’t happened so …… ? Is Cleo still good?

    Steve, who loves cats too.

  • Alan Solomon

    That was some cool stuff man. I saved the picture of the Purple People Eater. That cave was awesome and your dive was really awesome.
    Nikki, you sounded scared to make that jump in the cave. Congratulations!! Jason you are so lucky to have Nikki who will, “Go For It” when the opportunity arises, but, that’s what its all about anyways!! You both are great pals. You each live up to and fulfill many other titles for each other. A great attribute. Very cool. I want to go to Niue. You’ll probably double their tourism. Exceptional, Exciting Video!!
    As always Safe n’ Sane.

  • Ausbin Pippin

    Thanks for sharing this with us. i live in GA and have seen this spider in my yard. They are spreading thourght the SouthEasten part of the US of course we don’t have the crabs that you had there. Ssfe Sailing and enjoy your stay in the US.

  • Allen

    I gotta to remember to read more of your blog posts… your videos are so enjoyable and the blog just adds more spice. Keep up the great work guys!

  • Beth

    Hey, this is an awesome video. I had my husband watch this one, I usually can’t get him to do that. He enjoyed watching and I hope to have home watch more with me.
    Stay safe!

  • Sheryl

    WOW doesn’t even do this video justice! Neither does AMAZING! I’ve only been following since your Cook Island adventure and so great fun you guys take those of us who are physically unable to travel. So very sorry to hear Cleo is in Kitty heaven 😥!

    • Sheryl

      PS: Nikki you are SO Brave!!💕😊

  • Roger B

    Those caves are spectacular, however, we like to tour the caves that are above water without snakes. We too wish you were able to stay longer and share more videos of Niue.

  • Connie

    Just watched and my heart is still racing. Caves and spiders all in one day?! You two are CRA-CRA!

    Be safe and I am so sorry your Cleo crossed the rainbow bridge. But he sure lived a great long, adventuresome life!

    • Steve Nicholls

      I didn’t see anything about Cleo crossing the rainbow!!!! Are you sure about that?

  • Diana Rodgers

    Wow! Amazing! This is my favorite episode. I would have been scared to death. Thank you for sharing your incredible journey so I can explore with you brave adventurers! 😎

  • Laura K.

    Beautiful! That snake was amazing and those coconut crabs sure looked crabby!!

  • Sandi

    I’ve never seen you afraid of anything! Thanks for showing your vulnerable side and good on ya for perseverance. 🙂 Looking forward to your next adventure.

  • Michael Larkin

    Best ever, how brave you both are. thank you for taking us along with you. we’re enjoying the ride.

  • Mary

    Such an amazing place! It’s sad that you had to leave so quickly. Maybe one day we can ALL go back.

    The new creatures were interesting. I sometimes think you have seen most under water and land creatures but then there is always a new surprise. I love that you both are not afraid to explore and Im thankful you make smart decisions.

    Beautiful video.

  • Robert Dawson

    All i can say is wow,that has to be one of your greatest adventures.Again thanks so much for sharing.
    Nerves of steel god bless you.Blessings for safe travels and fair winds.

  • jim ege

    FANTASTIC! Based on my cave diving experience glad it was you and not me. Beautiful. Nikki you are amazing as you overcome your fear and go right to it. Congratulations! Spiders, water spelunking and all. Princess warrior for sure.

  • Fred Wishnie

    Quite frankly, I used to think you guys were kind of wimpy, but after todays video of your hike and the cave – you both have BIG balls. You rock!!!

  • Catherine A Higgins

    I love living vicariously thru the two of you! You take me to such amazing places. My horizons have been broadened while I’m stationary here in Virginia. The Katuali was beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a snake with a little smile. BTW, I wouldn’t be surprised if one day you found Singa at the top of the mast.

  • YDion

    Wow, what a drift dive in and out of this underwater cave! You guys were moving !!!
    Nikki, why were you breathing out your octopus (yellow regulator) and not your regulator reg? Just curious…
    Amazing images folks; thanks for sharing your adventures…

    • Curious Minion

      In a YouTube reply to that question she said that the octopus had a slight leak, so rather than letting it bubble she used it as the primary. Don’t worry – she’s getting it serviced.
      Curious Minion

      • YDion

        Thanks for the feedback !


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