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.
Day trips around the islands are a great way to see more of Vava’u, with some taking you to underwater tunnels and shallow caves. There is an abundance of marine life to look out for, including giant clams, tropical coloured fish, manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins, and Humpback Whales, who arrive July to October. Visibility is excellent for diving and snorkelling, you may even come across sunken shipwrecks laying at the bottom of the ocean floor.
If you love to explore, you can choose from several great walks that depart from Neiafu, including a climb to Mt. Talau, which showcases magnificent views once you reach the top. Head to the Ene’io Botanical Gardens to visit the preserved bird sanctuary and learn more about the survival of native and exotic species. The gardens also offer a sample of ‘kava’ Tonga’s traditional drink, and has a Tongan Feast every Thursday evening.