Vava'u Islands, Tonga, South Pacific

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The Vava'u Island group in the Kingdom of Tonga is a spectacular tropical island paradise in the Pacific Ocean. It has a year-round climate suitable for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sailing. Some islands are ringed by white sand beaches while others have tropical forests, sea-level caves, and dramatic limestone cliffs with breathtaking vistas.

Remote and truly unspoiled, the waters around Vava'u are crystal clear with visibility exceeding 100 feet. Most of the islands are uninhabited, a few have villages, a few have very small unique resorts with exceptional food. There is abundant sea life with over 100 species of colorful tropical fish, giant clams, manta rays, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and July-October the Humpback whales!

Truly a paradise with the only Polynesian Monarchy this is a truly remarkable place to explore.

Vava’u Monthly Activity Summary













Air Temperature – min/max

22 to 30

22 to 30

22 to 30

21 to 29

20 to 27

20 to 27

20 to 26

20 to 27

20 to 26

20 to 28

20 to 28

22 to 30

Sea Temperature - average













Whale Swimming Peak Months

Diving / Snorkelling

Kayaking/Outrigger tours

Reef species all year

Giant Trevally (GT) all year but Peak months

Blue Fin Trevally all year but Peak months

Big Game Fishing Mahi Mahi and Wahoo all year

Big Game Fishing Marlin all year but Peak months

Big Game Fishing Sail Fish all year but Peak months

Big Game Fishing

Yellow Fin Tuna all year but Peak months 50/70kg

Land/Eco Tours (Kart safaris/Eneio)

Sailing Charters – Moorings/Orion/ Manuoku/Melinda

Cruiser Safe Harbour

Kite Surfing all year round but Peak Months

Surfing Peak months

Bird Watching

Summer Season


Returning Tongan Ex

Pats season

The current edition of the Vava'u Travellers Guide is available now and retail for $10 ($5 wholesale + postage - minimum order of 10), or can be purchased in GREAT shops in Nukualofa, Haapai, Vava'u and also marine and dive shops in NZ and Australia
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World famous for yachties
With one of the most sheltered harbours in the South Pacific it is home to a large number of charter yachts and with many sheltered coves and bays & 70 islands to visit it is a well deserved reputation.

The crew of the Yacht INTO THE BLUE, Sam, Ed, Diana and Robert with their own Vavau Visitor Guide. They were in Vavau as part of the ARC Round the World Rally aboard a 56ft Oyster yacht..

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This is the best place to see whales in the wild. With its long season and numerous whales of different types and very close proximity to town it is a great place to see whales. There is also a number of operators offering different services.

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Big Game fishing
Some of the world's best big game fishing is only a short boat trip away. Not only is there a high chance of catching the big one but at a very competitive rate.

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Vavau has an abundance of different types of diving which can cater for all tastes. The water in vavau is some of the clearest in the world; it is also well known for its cave dives. Most dive operators can take you snorkeling as well

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Island tours by road
Visit the beautiful northern lookout from the 500 meter high sheer cliffs, watch whales swim below and visit the Keitahi surf beach (for experienced surfers & swimmers as strong rip) drive on further to the eastern beaches for a swim & snorkeling. On the islands west side is the Tu'anuku fresh water lake and drive though villages with great views over the outer island & to the open sea. The south offers a number of beaches which are very sheltered and good for swimming such as Ene'io & hinakauea beach (Departure point to Tapana & Treasure Island). Drive to the south west past many plantations of taro, Vanilla, Kava & Avocados to Nga 'unoho village ?& beach (departure point to Mala island)

See Tours & Taxis under Trade services

Swallows Cave
This huge beautiful cave can be visited by boat only on the end of Kapa Island

See Tours under activities & boat hire under Trade services

Mariners Cave
This famous underwater cave is well worth the effort needed to swim in. Watch out for hitting the roof when swimming in and out. Fantastic atmosphere inside with fog forming and vanishing on every swell. Hard to find as unmarked and several false caves close by.

See tours and dive operators

Mount Talau
This short very steep walk to the top of Mount Talau is well worth the climb for sweeping views of the islands & harbour. It can be reached by a five minute tax ride from town.

Island Tours boat
One of the great assets Vavau can offer is the ability to visit so many different islands. With 35 of 70 the islands sheltered by the reefs and accessible by small boats. It is still possible to be dropped off on your own island to swim snorkel and explore the day away. There are a number of tour operators offering different types of tours.

See Tours under activities & boat hire under Trade services

The Market
This is an excellent pacific island Market with very good selection of fruit & veggies. (At the right time of year Vanilla & Avocardos are great buying). For the full effect visit on Saturday morning before midday. The market is a good opportunity to buy handcrafts especially mats & baskets. Freshly fried Fish & taro for $3 is a good buy in the market building.

Night life
Fridays night is Christmas in Vavau according to locals and you will find a friendly bunch down at the Mango Cafe/Port Of Refuge Yacht Club to watch the yacht race. Before long the band will start up and dancing into the small hours is the norm. Several other bars are also known for their bands & night life such as Tonga Bobs.

Other Sites
While in the area, checkout these other websites for more information

Local Island Information for Ha'apai

Local Island Information for Tongamazing

Local Island Information for Tonga'tapu