Vava’u is the Kingdom of Tongas most visited island group. It is simply stunning and very popular with the international sailing community, whale enthusiasts, and provides amazing diving and deep sea fishing opportunities.

Area: 60 islands | Population: 16,000

  • The waters of Vava’u are truly magnificent – you can see the bottom at 40 metres
  • Vava’u is home to one of the worlds finest natural harbours: Port of Refuge Harbour
  • Exceptional sailing – numerous anchorages, great social scene
  • In season one of only two or three places in the world where you can swim with whales
  • Vibrant cafe and nightlife in Neiafu township
  • The Kingdoms favourite tourism destination!

With its sheltered anchorages, Vava’u is a haven for yachties and is reknown as both the sailing paradise of the Pacific and one of the world’s great sailing centres. It is also regarded as a water based nature lover’s paradise and the most scenic region in the Kingdom of Tonga.

There’s an extensive charter boat operation and, from July to October, you can see the magnificent humpback whales that come to the warm waters to mate and calve. For something really special, you might choose to swim with the whales.

Snorkelling, diving, sports fishing and sea kayaking are all on the menu here. Beneath the water, the great visibility – up to 30m – makes journeys out to remote underwater caves and mysterious shipwrecks a delight.

Swim inside Swallows Save, dive into Mariners Caves or discover the calm waterways by sea kayak. If you are feeling up to it, why not venture out overnight and stay under the stars on your own white sandy beach.

To find out more about Vava’u go to:

Tonga Visitors Bureau (Ministry of Tourism)

Tourism Tonga

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