The Tongan Islands are a haven for bird watchers. Rare and unique birds inhabit the natural surroundings, bringing in birdwatchers from all over the world.
Many of the remote islands are home to rare bird species. Maninita, the tiny island of the Vava’u island group hosts a number of seabirds nests, and is one of the South Pacific’s most important sea bird breeding environments, unaffected by human influences.
Further North on the islands of Vavu’u and Nuiafo’ou, lies the rare Tongan Megapode. This fascinating creature incubates it’s egg’s within the volcanic warm earth. ‘Eua is known for it’s beautiful rainforests and surroundings. On the Southern of this island, you may be able to hear the call of the rare red-breasted Koki, or otherwise known as a shining parrot. This unique bird first arrived in Tonga in prehistoric times.
Other species to look out for are the Pacific Swallow, Tongan Whistler, Polynesian Triller and Pacific Pigeon. The abundance of birds throughout the Kingdom of Tonga has birdwatchers coming to visit from all over the globe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.