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Vava’u Highlights, Tonga

Tonga South Pacific
Tonga South Pacific
Tonga South Pacific
South Pacific

Vava’u Highlights, Tonga

story by: Inspire South Pacific

Tonga’s Vava’u Group of about 50 islands is the kingdom’s adventure capital. With its multitude of islands, deep inlets and sheltered anchorages it’s a perfect playground for sailors and kayakers. If you don’t have your own boat, charter share is available – go sailing for a day or spend as many idyllic days as you want exploring. You may also experience the thrill of whale sightings over the winter months! There is spectacular diving and snorkelling among coral gardens, shipwrecks and in mysterious sea caves. With a reputation as one of the best game-fishing locations in the Pacific, Vava’u has boats available for exhilarating searches for marlin and tuna. While Vava’u is a magnet for lovers of the outdoors, there is no need to rough it as accommodation ranges from camp sites to comfortable resorts.

Highlights

• WHALE WATCHING – From July to October you can wonder at the magnificent humpback whales which migrate from Antarctica each year. Experts on tracking these wonderful mammals are the Whale Discoveries crew onboard their vessel, Tropic Bird.

• KART SAFARI TOUR – If you have time for one tour only, this is it! Don’t miss Vava’u Adventures’ Kart Safaris land tour, the best way to see all that the beautiful island of Vava’u has to offer. But be prepared to get a little muddy or dirty on this 3 hour guided tour.

• MARKETS – Located in the centre of Neiafu, these run every day. The market is at its best and busiest on Saturday mornings. Great for handicrafts including hats, baskets, fans (essential if you’re planning a visit to church), grass skirts and outfits for children, with a bit of bargaining to be had. There is also an abundance of fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables.

• YACHTING – Experience the islands your way, create your own itinerary of island hopping, swimming, snorkelling, visiting villages and resorts. With 53 islands within 15 miles & 45 anchorages, your options are endless. Skippered or bareboat options are available through a number of operators.

• FISHING – Vava'u is regarded as one of the best gamefishing destinations in the Pacific and a prime site for catching marlin. Just a short boat ride from Neifau's Port of Refuge will have you in prime fishing waters, with the chance to test your expertise. With the opportunity to catch blue, black and striped marlin, barracuda, yellow fin tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo, sailfish and more, you are in for an exhilarating day on the water.

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