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From the island of Tongatapu and the capital of Nuku'Alofa, a scenic flight Vava’u takes just over one hour. This is a great place to enjoy world-class diving, whale watching, fishing, secluded beaches, translucent water and peaceful surrounds.

The Vava'u Archipelago is the the northernmost group of islands in the Kingdom of Tonga at latitude 18.5' South.

There are many reasons to visit this lovely Island of Tonga. Long expanses of golden beaches, crystal clear waters, dramatic coastal scenery and volcanic peaks, a warm lifestyle that makes the other pacific islands look hectic in comparison to the warm and welcoming nature of the Tongan people.

Vava’u offers the opportunity for you to get up close and swim with the amazing Humpback Whales.

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  • Snorkelling with the Whales

    Snorkelling with whalesThere are only 2 places in the world which will allow you to swim with the Humpback whales, Tonga being one of these places. Slip into the water right next to these giants of the ocean and feel their songs vibrate through you. From late July through to November these incredible mammals can often be sighted travelling with their young through the Islands of Vavau, some are even sighted off the Coast of Eua Island. The Humpbacks migrate from the southern oceans of Antarctica where they feed, through to the Northern Islands off Tonga each year to mate and give birth.

    On a typical day out, you will have the opportunity to watch the whale’s spectacular displays from the comfort of your whale watching boat. Watch as the Whales breach from the depths and display their large Flukes.

  • When to Travel toVava'u

    The whales travel to Tonga to begin the breading process which starts early June, and they stay in the warm waters until they start heading on their way home at the beginning of November.

  • Puataukanave International Hotel

    Puataukanave International Hotel, rests in the heart of a gorgeous harbour landscape surrounded by unspoilt islands. The hotel is centrally located and offers a wide range of rooms. 

    Puataukanave International Hotel, rests in the heart of a gorgeous harbour landscape surrounded by unspoilt islands. The hotel is centrally located and offers a wide range of rooms.

    Hotel Facilities:
    Comes complete with waterfront restaurant and bars, swimming pool and  tennis court. The Hotel also offers laundry and internet services.

    Harbour View Resort

    Harbour View Resort is situated only 10 minutes by road from the centre of town and approximately 15 minutes from the domestic terminal in Vava’u. The resort is located on the hill of famous Port of Refuge in Vava'u, and has breath taking views from each of the rooms.

    Harbour View Resort features 9 spacious harbour view bungalows in a lush, tropical garden setting. All bungalows are decorated in the traditional Tongan style and furnished with a double bed, single bed, sitting area, tiled floor and bathroom with a hot water shower. Each room offers spectacular views overlooking the harbour. You can sit here and relax whilst enjoying the ocean breeze. The rooms are serviced daily and fresh flowers are provided for your enjoyment.

    There is an open fale/BBQ area in the gardens with harbour views for the exclusive use of guests. 

    The resort has it’s own tennis court for those who enjoy a game or two. The jetty is only a five minute walk away, where you can swim in sheltered waters of the Port of Refuge. The resort can also arrange activities such as boat and land tours, sailing, kayaking, snorkel trips, island tours, bush treks and daytrips to Treasure Island for a day of snorkelling and swimming.

    The Tongan Beach Resort

    The Tongan Beach Resort is located in the beautiful Vava'u island group. This resort has been built not only to offer comfortable accommodation, but also to preserve the island lifestyle. The resort offers a fabulous beachfront location, safe swimming at all tides, snorkeling out the front of the jetty and also water skiing and sea kayaking is available.

    The Tongan Beach Resort has western style bungalows, which have all recently been refurbished and have inspiring views of the golden sand beach and crystal clear waters of the Port of Refuge Harbour and beautiful "Hiku Tamole" Beach. The accommodation consists of twelve double rooms all with private toilets and hot showers, fridge, electric fans and tea/coffee making facilities.

    The restaurant is built in the traditional Tongan Fale style, and specializes in European cuisine and local fish dishes fresh from the sea. The resort also offers a Tongan feast with traditional string band and floor show for entertainment. Start the evening with a cocktail with the sand between your toes in the Sand Bar, listen to the water lapping on the beach as you dine in the open air, fully licensed restaurant offering Pacific Cuisine. The Tongan Beach Resort also offers a small library so you can relax on the beach with a good book to read.

    The Tongan Beach Resort are more then happy to organise activities to keep you busy during your stay in Vava’u. You can be picked up from the jetty and taken on a short boat trip to snorkel or even get dropped off on a deserted island for lunch. Enjoy a day of sport fishing or whale watching. You can explore the harbour by kayak, discover inspiring views and ride through plantations by mountain bike or walk the short distance through the local village and experience the rich culture. Or simple relax on the beach, or in a hammock under the shade of a tree.

    Mounu Island Resort

    Dive Adventures - Australias Leading Scuba Diving Travel Experts, Australia and Asia PacificMounu Island Resort is a tropical island paradise located in the Vava'u Archipelago. This tropical island resort hideaway is thirty minutes by boat from the main township of Vava'u. Located on a 6.5 acre coral island fringed by white coral sands and set amidst spectacular coral reefs.

    Mounu Island Resort only offers three superior private units each situated on the water's edge providing stunning views of the surrounding islands and reefs. Each room offers the choice of double or twin beds, toilet, hot shower and private sun deck. The units are linked to the restaurant/bar complex by bush walkways.

    Called Moby Dick's, the restaurant is situated on the water's edge at the western end of the island. The perfect position to enjoy a pre-dinner drink watching the magnificent tropical sunsets. Moby Dick's serves lunch and dinner specialising in fresh seafood dishes caught from the surrounding waters. The bar has a wide selection of beer, wine, spirits and liqueurs.

    The pristine coral reefs and white sandy beaches around Mounu offer world-class snorkelling and swimming. Kayak trips around the island are available free of charge when staying at the resort which offers you an opportunity to paddle to one of the closer uninhabited islands with a packed lunch for the day. Troll and bottom fish the surrounding reefs in their longboat or cast a line from the shore. The remote uninhabited islands to the south of Mounu are home to prolific colonies of sea birds. Day trips can be arranged to these islands where you will be taken ashore to view at close range the habitat and behaviour of the numerous species.

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  • Scuba Diving in Vava'u

    Dive Tonga Whales

    Tonga has a lot to offer with it’s beautiful coral reefs stretching over fifty different dive spots, with many more sights still undiscovered. The visibility is between 25 metres to 40 metres and the water temperature is between 24° C to 28° C. The dive sites are varied throughout Tonga, offering soft corals, the crinoids, the underwater caves, wall diving, overhangs, gorgonian fans and diverse fish life and the unbelievably blue waters all add up to a diving destination that is second to none.

    Popular Dive Sites in Vava'u

    China Town: (Tu'ungasika island)

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    Named for it’s pagoda-like porite coral formations that are covered with multi-hued tube worms. An easy swim up a gully will get you to a bright red anemone, home to the clown fish family, nestled in a bed of green lettuce coral. At 27 metres (88-ft) the growth continues down and out as far as you can see continuing across a ridge with schools of large surgeonfish and species. The return offers plenty of tunnels and crevices to check for sleeping sharks, emperor angelfish and cruising harlequin or clown triggerfish. In the late afternoon scorpion fish can be seen in their full splendor.

    Mariner’s Cave: 

    An airtight chamber which gets it’s oxygen out of a solution contained in the water. Fog is a feature in the cave formed on an outgoing surge as the pressure and temperatures drop. Divers can use the lower entrance at 16.5 meters or snorkel at the upper 2 meters and swim 6.5 metres in. A nice ledge on the outside offers small nudibranchs for aficionados.

    Shark's Tooth Cave

    Three openings joined by a 16.5 metre tunnel gives access at 13.5 metres to this site. Inside are numerous chambers of which two are above sea level. The cave is full of several schools of cardinal fish. Usually a cray can be spotted in the large chamber. Catching the crays is discouraged as thoughtless divers have depleted the population. Outside is a point favoured by schools of pyramid butterfly fish that seem to like the afternoon sun. A ledge on the west side offers such a collection of nudibranchs that one enthusiast left behind his expensive camera in the excitement, fortunately it was found the next day.

    No Lighthouse

    This dive site is clearly marked by a large rock with "No Lighthouse" dropping down the wall to 27 metres places us at the entrance to a 17 metre tunnel that goes right through the centre. A black coral bush marks the entrance and usually emperor angelfish cruises here. Swimming through the tunnel we exit at 40 metres on a sand bed where often barracuda can be sighted. Swimming back around the rock one comes on a sand bed covered with garden eels gently waving back and forth in the surge. When you try to get closer the front row sucks down into the sand, returning as one moves away. The wall is covered with purple soft corals, continuing to a ridge that connects the rock to the main island; large boulders are home for grouper and a good stand of gorgonians on the side of the ledge.

    The Clan McWilliam

    This 128 metre (423-ft) ill-fated ship was launched, October 1918 as Clan Quehele and renamed in December. In June 1923 she damaged her propeller in Dunkirk and January 1924 was towed into Panama with engine trouble. She sank in the harbour of Neiafu on December 24th, 1927 due to fire in her forward hold and it is claimed that the Captain and Chief Engineer went down with her. She sits upright with her stern at 22 metres (72-ft) and is a haven for batfish, snapper, and small tuna and overgrows with corals, including goniopora with dandelion like long necked polyps.

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