‘Eua

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An Eco-Travellers Paradise

Just seven minutes from Tongatapu (and one of the worlds shortest commercial flights) lands you in the southern eastern tip in a place called ‘Eau, Tonga’s oldest island. Whether you are looking to explore stunning natural landscapes, connect with the locals, or partake in traditional activities such as basket weaving, this diverse island has many visitors extending their stay.

For nature lovers searching for adventure, ‘Eua’s breathtaking beauty will be sure to satisfy your senses. The rugged landscapes and lush rainforests are the perfect destination for those wanting to do a little trekking. ‘Euas National Park has well-marked trails that criss-cross along the pristine and inhibit many of Tonga’s wildlife. Listen out for the call of the Koki, the rare red breasted parrot.

Some of the larger wildlife include Humpback Whales, who visit ‘Eua’s waters from June to November. These beautiful giant creatures pass through the deep-water trenches that run between Tongatapu and Eua, and can be easily spotted when they come up to breach, spouting water from the ocean.

Other experiences not to be missed are:

* The amazing cliffs and caves located in the northern part of ‘Eua

* Matalanga ‘a Maui

* Li’angahuo ‘a Maui, a tremendous natural stone bridge by the sea

* Lakufa’anga Cliff

* Rockgarden Cliffs

* Ha’aluma Beach on the southern coast is great for a swim

* ‘Eua Natural Rock Arch

* The shore between ‘Ohonua and Tufuvai

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Tongatapu

Tongatapu, known as the ‘Sacred South’, is the main island of Tonga and the launch pad for exploring many of the other islands that surround the Kingdom. Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tongaputa, and the hub for international arrivals, is located on the north coast, and is filled with long stretches of white beaches, charming cafes, and ancient churches. You may even see a few pigs roaming around if you’re lucky.

‘Eua

Hilly and covered in lush rainforest, ‘Eua’s combination of breathtaking beauty and rugged, idiosyncratic landscapes is the perfect destination for travelers. A concise seven-minute flight links Tongatapu to the island of ‘Eua on its southeastern tip, world’s shortest commercial airline flight.

Ha’apai

If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences, then look no further then Ha’apai, a central island group consisting of 62 islands. Isolated, uninhabited and undiscovered, this tropical paradise is filled with shallow lagoons, deserted beaches, vibrant reefs, giant volcanoes and breaching whales. Travellers can fill in their day with endless activities such as hiking, snorkelling, kayaking or even horseriding along the white sandy beaches.

Vava’u

Truly unspoiled, this remote group of islands are dotted along the  Kingdom of Tonga, and offer year-round climate suitable for snorkelling, swimming, sailing and diving. Surrounded by crystal clear water, these 61 islands offer an abundance of activities in and out of the water. For those sailing around the South Pacific,  Neiafu, is a popular spot to dock your yacht, allowing you to explore more of  Vava’u Islands natural beauty.

Niuatoputapu

Niuatoputao is a flat coral island situated furthest north within the Kingdom of Tonga. Located between Vava’u and Samoa, this ‘sacred island’ is mostly remote and underdeveloped with a noticeably warmer temperature than the other parts of the Kingdom, especially in the southern end.

Niuafo’ou

Niufo’ou,  located about 100km west of  Niuatoputapu, is one of the world’s most remote islands. From a birds-eye view, this volcanic rimmed island could be compared to a floating donut.  The coastline is rocky and steep, with few black sandy beaches.  Niuafo’ou, together with  Tafahi  &  Niuatoputapu  island are referred to as the  Niuas.